Sunday, October 25, 2009

Plates as Art

Hi! This is Wanda - the mom part of the team! I am excited to share my first project with all of you out there in the blog world. So, here goes...

I've always liked the way plates look on a wall. So after months of living with a blank wall in my
guest room, I headed out to my trusty Goodwill store and found the perfect plates. The most I paid for any plate was 79 cents.

Here is my "before" picture...


I wanted to paint my plates white and for some unknown reason, there is NO Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint anywhere in my "neck of the woods" - so I settled for Rustoleum Porcelain. Well, I spray painted a couple of coats and was all excited about hanging my plates, when it occurred to me that I didn't have any plate hangers. Not wanting to get back in the car and drive another 30 minutes, I racked this old brain trying to figure out a way to get those plates on the wall. Then I remembered that I had some ring hooks that are used to put on the back of picture frames to hold wire to hang your picture.



Got those out, applied some good ole Gorilla glue, let them dry for about an hour, and hooray!!! It worked!!

Here is the "after"...


If you'll notice, two of the plates are pale blue. I had some paint called "Ocean Blue". Well, needless to say, it was hideous, so I just sprayed over it with a little Porcelain. Happy to say, I'm quite pleased with the color.

Now I know you're supposed to hang odd numbers - it just looks right. But in this case, because of the lamp being at the bottom of the plates, I think it turned out okay. Does that make any sense?

I'm happy with the way this turned out, and I've just hung some more plates in my dining room. I'll post that later!


Update! Linking up to the Gorilla Glue Party at Shanty 2 Chic!
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Check out Kimba's blog where we are participating in DIY Day!

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33 comments:

  1. I LOOOOOOVE plates on the wall. It looks so fabulous and classy. I love it. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Rachelle

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  2. Love the way your plates turned out, very nice arrangement.

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  3. Looks great. I think the arrangement works because you do have odd numbers if you look at the arrangement in rows...one in the first row, three in the second, and although there are only two plates in the third row, you are right...the lamp works as a third item.

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  4. Very pretty - love your hanging solution, too! Great job :)

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  5. Hi,
    Love your plate arrangement, it came out very nice and is a very lovely wall decor. I think it looks great with the lamp in the middle and the plates all around it. I love to use plates in my decorating as well, and have also painted them, and glued wall hangers on the back, but I used silicon glue instead.
    Great to know Gorilla glue works too.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Have a great day,
    Blessings, Nellie

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  6. Looks great to me! Good job!

    Nancy

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  7. Very pretty! Definitly adds to your name in a great way!

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  8. White plates on a coloured wall. Love the look, and I really love that little 'accident' with the blue paint, those light blue plates really added a some punch to the arrangement

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  9. I love plates as wall art too. You did a gorgeous job! Love it!

    Roeshel

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  10. I love it, so pretty! I think it looks nice and balanced with the lamp in the middle.

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  11. I love how those plates turned out! So easy to do and it makes such an impact! Thank you for sharing!

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  12. I love plates hanging on a wall. They look great in your guest room. As soon as I paint my dining room I think I'll try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. The plates really look great on this wall - and I love the placement you selected. They really become the focal point.

    Chelsea

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  14. Thank you all for such nice comments. This being my first post, you can imagine how nervous I was, and didn't know if this project was "worthy" of posting. You've encouraged me to share even more. Thanks!!!

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  15. Love that plate arrangement! Good to know....I'll use Gorilla glue next time because I never seem to have enough plate hangers on hand!

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  16. It does make sense the way you hung them ... its very appealing to the eye. That is such a good idea to use the glue and those little hooks to hang the plates! I need to keep that in mind!

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  17. Oooooh, so pretty. I love the colors too!

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  18. The plate arrangement looks perfect. I like the two pale blue plates in the arrangement too, it goes great with the room.
    Jane

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  19. I am going to do this. I have been looking for plates and I am so inspired to paint two blue and then once over with white. I love the combo of the white and light blue.

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  20. Love the plates! Now how did you atchieve that great blue color! What a cozy room-I want to crash on those twin beds for a weekend!

    www.thekeltonscozycottage.blogspot.com

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  21. Great Solution! I will be using this!

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  22. Whoa, you mean you can spray paint plates ?! WOW, they looks great !

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  23. Great idea!! I have a lot of plates...and not enough plate hangers. Gonna definately try this! Thanks

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  24. What a creative solution! The plates look amazing with the lamp, and I love the blue you "invented!"

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  25. Your plate arrangement is perfect! I would not have thought to hang them by gluing on the hangers to the back. Great idea! Thanks!

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  26. I agree, that lamp balances the even numbered plates perfectly :o) Please do share more projects with us!

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  27. Absolutely perfect!!! It looks beautiful!

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  28. Have you seen the Disc Hangers-that's what this reminded me of. HE is one of my advertisers.

    You have a lovely blog and I plan to follow

    cheri

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  29. I am so glad I found this post! Your hanging plate arrangement is beautiful! I've been wanting to hang plates but was going to order some of those disc hangers - now I don't have to! I love this idea and thanks for sharing it!

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