How to create a plate wall

Back in the early ’90’s I started buying interesting and bread and butter sized plates. Mostly they were blue plates and reminded me of a day trip or a holiday. I always think it’s nice to buy something special when you are away as that piece brings back so many happy memories.

 

So when I renovated my Queensland Workers Cottage in Brisbane I had a Mexican Plate rack made for the kitchen. All my plates were lined up on the rack and it added colour to my all white kitchen.

Brisbane Worker's Cottage

Brisbane Worker’s Cottage

Those plates have been in storage for the last 15 years as we’ve moved around the world and pending our home renovations.

Renovations underway

Renovations underway

A few years ago I stumbled across Lisa Congdon’s kitchen and loved how she displayed her plates on the wall. So for the past 12 months I’ve been scheming as to which wall I could use to display my collection.

Lisa Congdon's Plate Wall

Lisa Congdon’s Plate Wall

To me, the most natural location for a plate wall is in the kitchen. After all that’s where you use plates! There is one skinny wall between the bifold doors and the kitchen sink so I chose that wall.

Wall between the bifolds and kitchen sink

Wall between the bifolds and kitchen sink

I pulled all my plates out and measured the wall. I lay the plates on the kitchen table but it wasn’t wide enough to really work out how it would look. So I made templates of each and every plate. (Fortunately I didn’t have as many as Lisa) Now that I had the sizes I started to blutac the paper templates on to the wall. But I realised I wouldn’t know which was which with all white paper circles. So I drew an image of the plate onto the templates.

Plate Templates

Plate Templates

Now I could stick them up on the wall and for about a week I would move the paper plates around until I was happy with the layout. I wanted a “sweep” layout. You know, as if  someone was standing infront of the wall and throwing the plates up and they would stick. Bang, bang, bang. That’s how I wanted it to look.

Finally I was happy with it all and was ready to hang the actual plates. But wait. I needed to make sure the colours were evenly dispersed and didn’t end up with all the blue and yellow plates being together. So a couple of final tweaks and it was ready.

I used plate wires, which I’d bought at Bunnings, to hang them all. So it was just a matter of measuring where the hook would go in relation to the rim of the plate, banging it into the wall, pulling off the paper template and hanging the plate.

Plate Wires

Plate Wires

Now it’s a great talking point and makes the house look more like a home.

Finished Plate Wall

Finished Plate Wall

If you would like assistance with making your house a home, contact me for an online or in-person consultation.

 

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