When I revealed my dining room a few weeks ago, I still had a few tweaks I wanted to do.
In fact, I loved this comment Kim left on that post, “I love how you can always improve on things. That is how stuff becomes outdated, because we decorate once and think we are ‘done’ But half the fun is knowing you will never be done! I LOVE the molding BTW. Beautiful!”
She is sooo right! You can’t just decorate a room, say “I’m done!”, and shut the door for the next 5 years. Style changes around you, your style changes, you find a great yard sale find that would go perfect in that room… No, I am not saying constantly redecorate your entire house, but always be looking for little ways you can update, improve, and freshen your space.
One of the little changes I had been wanting to make was to put something on the wall in between the two curtains. In fact, I knew what I wanted – I wanted plates! Preferably white plates maybe with a fun design or a square plate in the middle.
Enter this picture that I found a few weeks ago on Pinterest and it just happened to be from my friend Laine’s blog, It’s Just Laine. So I emailed her and asked her how she had put up the plates around the edges on the wall without plate hangers. You will never believe what she told me – large paperclips glued on the back! Brilliant, I tell you!
And then enter these plates I found at Value Village. The smaller floral pattern plates were $0.80 each and the larger ridged plate was $1.21. So $2.81 total. Under $3, my type of project, just like my $3.00 green spring wreath.
I asked Laine if she had used anything on the back besides the paperclip and she said no. I thought maybe some felt would help secure it to the plate, protect the wall, and give some added protection. She agreed. So I cut out some felt circles from some felt scraps I had, bent 3 large paper clips to be hangers, and glued them all on with lots and lots of hot glue! 🙂
You can see on this plate how the paper clip is just sticking over the rim of the back of the plate so it makes a perfect hanger.
And here are all 3 plates done. On the smaller plates I was able to glue more of the paper clip under the felt so only a small little circle is sticking out. And let me tell you, those paperclips and felt circles are not going anywhere! I tugged and pulled and yanked and they were firm as can be.
Now let me enter a disclaimer: I am not necessarily recommending that you hang your grandmother’s antique china on your wall with hot glue and a paper clip. Nor am I recommending that you hang plates by this method in a high traffic area where they could get bumped. Nor am I suggesting that you hang them over a crib. Basically – this is what I did, it worked wonderfully for me, if you think it will work for you go right ahead, but you do so at your own risk. 😉
I used one of these little hook things from my IKEA picture hanging kit to make them even a little more secure. That way the hook of the paperclip is actually hooked OVER this hook, not just sitting on a flat nail.
Here is my finished look! Invisible plate hangers for FREE!
I love the white plates in between the patterned curtains.
And I don’t know, maybe it just me, but plates in a dining room just seem to be fit??
So do you have any spare paperclips hanging around?? Go ahead and hang some plates on your wall!
By the way, Laine (yes the same Laine that gave me the idea for the paperclips) is hosting today’s part of our Bloggy Progressive Dinner. So head over and check out what she has chosen for a side and bread. 🙂
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