Monday, August 10, 2015

~back to neutrals~{how to hang a plate wall}

So, as much as I loved the pear, the rest of my family did not.
So I went back to something I love, a neutral plate wall.
I have a huge collection of ironstone, so that was a good starting place.
I always pick these up at garage sales or thrift stores she I see them.


Here is how I came up with an arrangement.
I laid some pieces on the floor in a pattern I thought looked good.
Then I roughly measured the height and width.
Mine came out to be about 38" wide x 61" tall.


Then I taped off that height and width on my wall, centered with painters tape.
This is the area I would be working in.

To find the center you need to measure the height and width of your wall. 
Mine is 53 1/2" wide by 95" tall.

Now, subtract the width of your plates by the width of you wall.
In my case that number is 
15 1/2.
Now divide that by 2 which is 7 3/4"
That is your mark you will make on the left and right with your tape.

Do the same for the height and mark with tape.
You now have your area to work in.


Then divide the width of your "tape wall" in 2.
Mine was 53 1/2 , so that makes it 26 3/4"
This is your center line. Using a level and a pencil, make a light center line down your wall.


I started with the top plate. Almost to the top and then right on that center line is where my nail went in.
Next, do the bottom plates.


Then I did the center one….


And then just started filling in from there.



And here is the most helpful tip when doing this plate wall so your walls don't look like swiss cheese.
Put a dab of toothpaste on the center back of each plate where your plate holder will hold the nail. 
Hold your plate where you'd like it go without touching the wall until you find the perfect spot then gently tap the plate against the wall. This should leave a small toothpaste mark to indicate where you should insert a nail. Wipe away any leftover toothpaste once the nail is in.
It makes things so much easier and your kitchen will smell minty fresh :)


Once all your plates are up, remove the tape and stand back to admire.
At this point you may see places where you'd like to fill in the gaps.
I did, and quickly went to the dollar store and TJ Maxx to get some small plates.
I still may add a few more over time.
I also like this idea that Layla did with layering.




Ok, phew, I think I am done redecorating this room for a while now! 
xoxo

17 comments:

{ L } said...

The plates look great, but that pear art made such a nice impact. I love large statement pieces. I'm curious where you'll move it to, and hope you share a picture with us.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love it, it looks totally amazing.

Colleen Proctor said...

Really great! Love it!

Julie said...

What did you use as a plate holder? The plate holders I see in stores, you can see the holder when the plate is hung.

designchic said...

It looks unbelievable - I cannot imagine hanging all of these…gorgeous! Hope you're having a great start to your week!

Melaine Thompson said...

Yes, that is what I used but they are white so they blend right in

Paige Rose said...

I'm obsessed with plate walls & this one is PERFECTION!! Loving the crisp look of the neutral, clean whites!! Gorgeous!!!

Paige.Rose
from
www.TheQuaintSanctuary.blogspot.com

Peggy said...

I had to chuckle when you changed out the pear for the white plates.... it was my husband's reaction. "Why did she do that?" But I loved the pear picture!!" I show him all the different changes you make and then he weighs in.... thus time it really disturbed him. Trust me I was cracking up over his reaction. I have to admit I love the pear too because I'm a statement piece kind of girl. I can so see something like it in our dining area. I told hi. I would save up my pennies to buy one like it.... or I might pick up a large canvas and try painting one my self. We shall see what the budget holds with the new job. :-)

Anonymous said...

Sorry but the pear looked SOOOOO much better!

Judy said...

I LOVED the pear! But then I love all thingd "pear". I have a wonderful displayed collection of all kinds of vintage and new ceramic, stone and resin pears in all colors and sizes in my living room.
I have two beautful handpainted pear plates in my bookcases in the den and I have a huge pear wire sculpture on the wall in my kitchen. Of course I have various other little tea cups, dessert bowls, plates, spoon rests and on and on with pears on them.

BUT, your wall of plates looks FABULOUS! The plates are perfectly displayed in a design that is especially pleasing to the eye, great movement and variation an size and style. I have a bunch of pear plates that might makes a great display on a wall in kitchen or dining room. Thanks for the tips and your guide.

Linda | Homeagination said...

I've always had a thing for plate walls! Love the monochromatic neutral look. Can you tell me if you painted the plate hangers white or were you able to locate white ones? That's the thing I always disliked about using plate hangers--you can spot the gold tips a mile away. I love the adhesive backed disc plate hangers, but they're awfully pricey if you are doing a large grouping.

Irene said...

The plate wall is sooooo cute! Need to do this

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Where did you get your adhesive plate hangers? Was it at Michaels or Hobby Lobby? Thanks. Love your ideas. Hope to hear from you.
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