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Last week I shared a little tour of my dining room. I got a few questions about the plates, so I thought I’d tell you more info. A few are actual vintage plates I bought in an antique shop, a few are sentimental ones I’ve collected over the years, but most were purchased for the purpose of going on my wall.
One reason I love having plates on the wall is the way it ties lots of colors together.
DON’T FOLLOW TRENDS, FOLLOW WHAT YOU LOVE
Plates hanging on wall as decor has been around a while, and I’ve always loved it. I usually avoid trendy things unless I keep noticing and loving them for a while … that’s how I can tell it isn’t just a trend to me. When I’m going to bother investing my time and money into a project, I want to feel comfortable that I’m going to like it for a while.
FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS …
Hanging the plates was actually very easy. This trend has been around for so long, they’ve come a long way in making plates easy to hang. I ordered these yellow plate hanging tools from Amazon and followed the direction that came with it(read the product description to get the right size for your plates – I got bigger ones than necessary).
The directions were simple: get some water (you can see it above in that little white bowl) and rub just enough water onto each thing that it gets moist and tacky, but not super wet. Wait the set time that I can no longer remember (ha!), and then stick them on the back of the plate. After you do that, you let the whole thing dry for a while … I think I remember it was at least 24 hours. And it doesn’t matter that I forgot those details, because if you use these, you’ll be able to read the directions. At least you get the general idea of how it works and that can help you feel comfortable with it.
THE EXCEPTION TO THE ADHESIVE POWER-
It didn’t work on the back of ONE plate that had a ton of texture, but I still used it with a little hack.
I let all the plates dry the required amount of time and when I tested the adhesion on each plate, it felt really secure … except to the one plate that had a textured backing. I ended up hot gluing the yellow thing on to that one plate! (It isn’t the yellow plate shown, it is the blue/green one on the top right corner.) I was willing to give up the idea of ever using this plate except to go on my wall. For all the plates with a smooth back, the adhesion was fantastic.
EASY, EASY AND DONE.
I love the statement these plates make. I’ve thought about adding more, but decided enough was enough – I like it how it is and there are enough other projects to work on next. Sometimes you just have to quiet your mind at the end of a project if you’re a perfectionist. Anyone else suffer with that?
Will you hang plates on your wall?
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