I have slowly been working on our breakfast nook the past few months. The most recent major change was adding a new light fixture . Something about the space still wasn’t right but I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Insert my collection of mismatches plates that I have been secretly hoarding behind my husband’s back.
I had this vintage advertisement print that my hubby gave me for our wedding. He bought it from one of my favorite local clothing boutiques. I was shopping there and made a comment about how much I loved the picture. He came back the next day, spoke to the owner, and bought the picture off of the wall.
It definitely has sentimental meaning but it just wasn’t right for the space. It made the wall feel smaller and didn’t take advantage of our high ceilings.
Eclectic plate walls are everywhere on Pinterest and after looking over my plate collection I thought that it might be the perfect time to use my stash in the breakfast nook.
My collection of plates consisted of thrifted pieces, a bunch of random Anthropologie plates I have bought over the last several years with no real plan in mind, as well as some french plates I purchased from Lavender & Lemon at our warehouse sale. The main inspiration for the wall was the turquoise & gold florentine tray that I traded for a quart of paint from my friend Jaime.
I twisted Hayden’s arm to help me curate the perfect plate wall and she insisted we needed more plates. MORE PLATES? I had 22 to choose from. But she thought we needed DOUBLE that to choose from. So I went on a plate purchasing rampage one afternoon with my mom and two boys in tow. We hit up TJMaxx, Home Goods, Marshalls, Target, and Pier One.
Every place we shopped had a ton of plate options but only the plates at Pier One and Target spoke to me enough to purchase them. I ended up with 47 plates to choose from.
Hayden reminded me we could take back what we don’t use.
Seriously, one thing Hayden has taught me is Interior Designers are professional taker-backers. It feels weird to buy stuff knowing you are intending on returning half of it – but it’s not stealing – and Hayden loves Jesus more than almost anyone I know – so it must be okay.
Target had tons of affordable melamine plates for only $1.50. I also scored a bunch of clearance plates from Pier One. But I did buy some real glass ones and non-clearance items so my wall wouldn’t look like an obvious budget job.
But I ended up liking most of the cheap ones the best. What can I say?
For the melamine plates I hot glued safety pins to the back to act as a plate hanger. Have you bought plate hangers lately? They are like $3.00 each and I was completely annoyed about spending more on the flipping hanger than on the actual plate.
For the glass plates I bought these disc plate hangers from Hobby Lobby. It tried using the hot glue and safety pin method. I even glued them with heavy duty E6000 glue but that evening 3 plates fell of of the wall. Between my baby being close by eating in his highchair and the frequent earthquakes we have here in Oklahoma, I decided to not be a total cheapskate, and splurge on the high class hangers for the glass plates.
In case you are wondering how we styled the wall here is a quick YouTube tutorial on building the plate wall – plate by plate.
Yes, I’m in yoga pants. If you decorate your house in fancy clothes I just can’t be your friend. It would never work between us.
The plate wall really takes advantage of the entire wall space and leads your eye upward, showing off the high ceilings in the room. Two things the old arrangement failed to do.
I still have my fox knobs on this buffet. I bought these before the fox craze. I knew I was on to something there.
Eclectic plate walls? What are your thoughts on them? It’s just the right amount of crazy for me. It kind of matches my personality. Ha.