I wasn’t completely happy about the first iteration of our plate display, but that’s okay! I popped into the Goodwill store on my way back from the hardware store today (buying spray paint – what else?!) and found two little plates that complement the collection nicely. They were just $2.49 each, so a good deal, too! I think flea markets and thrift stores are great places to find items for decor and styling. A lot of the items would not seem special on their own but work well together. It also gives your room a lot more personality to have a mix of old and new items.
I hung the new plates with the same 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips
that I used for the oversize initials project – I was paranoid and used way more strips than specified for their weight – and I think the display looks much more complete. The other thing I did was to swap one of the blue and white plates with one of the green ones. I was staring at it during dinner and just jumped up to try it! Sometimes, staring at things helps. It breaks up the line of blue and white plates while creating a small grouping with the two green ones. Getting a balanced design can take a few tries, but it’s so pleasing to look at when it’s done. Here is the new dining room display. I might still keep an eye out for something special at the flea market this weekend, but I no longer feel like something is missing.
Take Two: The collection of plates feels more complete and balanced after the addition of two more plates and changing the positions a bit.
Close-up of the plates. Finding the right balance can take a few tries. I needed to separate the blue and white plates, because they are so strong and formed a line in the original placement. It works to group some like items together, like the octagonal green plates, while separating others, like the two small plates.
Remember the collection of plates I found for $11 at our local rummage sale (The Pleasure of the Hunt)? I put them up in the dining room today, and it was an easy project to dress up the space!
Wall display with plates from a rummage sale. $11 worth of plates and another $11 of hanging materials. I think I need a few more plates!
I got the idea for this plate gallery from Sabrina Soto’s High Low Project on HGTV. I like Sabrina’s style – it’s classic and comfortable with a fresh contemporary touch. If you haven’t seen the show (and I recommend you do!), she starts by designing a dream room for her clients that is full of high-end pieces and then recreates it for a fraction of the cost. There is an element of the show that is a bit silly – some of the elements in the first room are always exceedingly expensive – like original artwork or rare antiques – and she also saves a lot of money on the second version by having her assistant build things, but overall, I love the concept. Because she tries to recreate the original room, you get to see the project broken down into components, and she good tips for deals and DIY projects, which are right up my alley, in case you couldn’t tell!
Anyway, in one of the episodes (I think it’s the first one), she does a dining room makeover and hangs a collection of plates on the wall. She used these Invisible Disc Hangers which are a great way to hang plates securely without any visible hardware! They are made in England and available from a lot of vendors. I found a good price for mine on eBay. They are easy to use – just wet the disc and press it onto the back of a clean plate. I used blue painter’s tape to mark the top center of the pattern, so I could line up the hanging ring.
Just wet the disc hanger and press onto a clean plate.
I like how it looks, and I’ll see if I can find any more great deals on plates to add, when I go to the flea market next weekend.