A Lot On My Plate: How To Hang a Vintage Plate Wall Without Plate Hangers

vintage plate wall without plate hangersI love the juxtaposition of modern, rustic, vintage, and classic in home decor. That's why I thought a classic white plate wall would be the perfect accent above our kitchen banquette with industrial table and mid-century modern chair set.

I collected white plates of all shapes and sizes from thrift stores, yard sales, and Home Goods. But here's the thing: plate hangers get expensive quickly. And when I spent an average of 2 bucks per plate, it wasn't worth it. So, I did some research on how to hang plates without purchasing plate hangers, and I discovered Gorilla glue.  photo IMG_5889_zpsb6352125.jpg

AND THEN I WOKE UP THE MORNING AFTER HANGING THE PLATES TO FIND TWO OF THEM HAD FALLEN OFF THE WALL!!

And I had already scheduled this post, so I took it down and went to the store to get some super glue. Real life. So, try super glue and some picture hangers. vintage plate wall without plate hangers I planned out the picture wall using paper towels and a sharpie. vintage plate wall without plate hangers Trace the plates on the paper towels and cut to size. Then mark on the paper towel where the nail should go based on the hanger on the back. vintage plate wall without plate hangers Then you can hang your paper towel forms on the wall and hammer the nails where the sharpie dots are. vintage plate wall without plate hangers Tip: hammer the nails in at an angle to make the plates less likely to fall off the wall. vintage plate wall without plate hangers And there you have it. vintage plate wall without plate hangers Here are a few tips to making an interesting white plate wall:

- Don't be afraid to add in a small touch of color with a white plate wall. I chose one plate with blue flower accents and a platter with a silver rim. - Choose plates with a variety of sizes and shapes - Don't hang the plates symmetrically. You only live once. Change things up a bit. - It's ok to mix cream with white.

Who came up with the idea to hang plates on a wall anyway? I don't know but I like it. vintage plate wall without plate hangers

update: See how the plates are holding up after several months of use! State of the Household

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