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Let's talk about all the good things and the bad things
Let's talk about plates....
Welcome, welcome, welcome, to Dwija's amazing house of super hard math problems on the wall! Step right up, step right up....
Actually I didn't plan this out and have nothing to say at this juncture. Hold please while I crack open an economy beer.
dining room reveal post? Ye olde plates definitely stole the show (followed not as closely by the drapes, which I've linked at the bottom of that post), so here I am with seven questions and lots o' answers.
"Now, tell me what Pinteresting magic you did with those plates because that looks tres chic and also like something I could thrift." ~Micaela
"The plates on the wall is such a cool idea! How did you hang them?" ~Nicole
"How did you put them up with no plate hangers?" - Jennie
"No but seriously HOW ARE THERE NO VISIBLE PLATE HANGERS???" ~ Sharon, Charlotte, Stephanie (via Instagram)
"I echo Nicole's query on the plates! I want to do them like all over my house. My only problem is that our house is muy old (think 1920s) and I have to use the 3M hangers to put anything up. Suggestions?" ~Laura
"Did you look for them at thrift stores?" ~Patty
"I love the plates... Where did you get them? Collect antique ones slowly? And how did you hang them? Well done! It looks awesome!" ~Susie (via facebook)
a small dining room board right here, but the most important site, hands down, in putting up this collection is right here. I mean....look, it was so good that I'm going to link it again. Ready?
CLICK HERE FOR BEST WALL HANGING ARTICLE YOU WILL FIND ONLINE
That is not an affiliate link or someone I know. It is just so. dang. good.
So let's hang some plates, yes?
After scouring the internet for a while, I just decided to use hot glue. Because I'm impatient and cheap.
For the hangers I used paperclips.
Yes. Measured. A lot of measuring. Painful amounts of measuring. It was horrible. Worth it! But horrible. Because see here's the thing- most of the plates are slightly different sizes, so if I measured from edge to edge, the pattern overall wasn't going to be symmetrical. So what to do? Well, it turns out you have to measure from plate center to plate center. From the center of each plate surrounding to the center of the plate you're trying to hang. And then you have to figure out where the top of your paperclip hanger is in relation to that center point so you get your picture hanger in the right spot.
Renovators gonna renovate-vate-vate-vate...
SPEAKING OF WALL HANGERS...
Let's talk about hanging things on tricky old plaster walls and tricky new plaster walls and any walls, in fact, that are giving you trouble.
There is a specific kind of anchor that we've used in other rooms for heavy things, but for lighter things like plates (and framed photos and little mirrors and ______ ), we use these "professional picture hangers" that use leverage more efficiently than the standard, less expensive ones.
(I like how there's a Bed Bath & Beyond price tag on this even though I snatched it off of Amazon)
|buy 'em here|
But where to find these lovely plates, dweej?
Well, five of the plates you see in our dining room were found for me by my friend Amanda at a local Goodwill and dropped off at my house as a surprise on St. Nicholas day last year. I knew right away that they would become part of our dining room decor somehow and become part of our dining room decor they did.
The other plates were all singles mixed in with the portion of my mother in law's china collection that we ended up with. Every now and then we would take them out to use them and then gingerly hand wash them and put them away, but really they are so pretty that it seems a shame not to enjoy them, but they're so mismatched that they didn't really have collectible value in the way an entire set would. So. Plate meet wall and all are happy.
Okay. Wow. That was long. Was it helpful? Did I answer your questions? I hope so. If not, or if you have more, ask away down below.
Thanks for playing and have a fantastical home renovating weekend. Sorry not sorry, husbands!
Linking up with Kelly of This Ain't the Lyceum. Check her out for other posts of 7 random or not random thangs.