Sunday, July 14, 2013

How To Hang A Multi-level Plate Arrangement

I've been lazy. At least computer lazy. I've got all these pictures from my last trip edited and ready to post about. But like I say, I've been lazy.

You might remember that one of my lifetime quests is to get a good picture of the plate valance at my sister's house. I failed. Again. After I posted a picture of it after my last trip I got a question from Kim asking details about how the plates were hung.

I couldn't remember. I talked my sister into creating this plate valance and told her how to hang it. That was years ago. And dang if I couldn't remember what I told her.




 
Kim, this picture is for you! It is as I assumed I would have told her. Hang the plates for the back layer with a nail and a plate hanger. Take a piece of scrap wood and attach it to the wall in the spaces where you want your upper level plates to raise above the others. Then put a nail in the raised wood and hang your plate. It's as simple as that.




These plates are hung with regular old plate holders. This method would also work with the Disc plate holders. But at 5 bucks a pop, it would cost $125 to hang this valance. That's a lot.

Note: a couple of days ago I found a tutorial that said you could get this same staggered plate hanging effect by hanging the raised plate from the plate above it. This doesn't seem like a good idea to me. But it's totally up to you...

I'm thinking that until I get some advanced picture taking skills under my belt I will quit taking pictures of this valance.

Make something wonderful today!

Karen
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25 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Karen- What a fun valance. Unique and different. I don't think I would want to hang one plate from another, either-xo Diana

HEATHER GRAHAM said...

This is awesome! I want a plate valance! LOL! It's beautiful!
-Heather
www.stringtownhome.net

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

I love this idea! Where is your pin it button??

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Wow! THat is one very cool valance! I didn't think your pictures were bad at all Karen!

kim said...

Thank you Karen for the new pics and the mini-tutorial. I understand it fully!! I'm going to give it a go. Btw the pics are great! Many thanks again for the follow up post to my question! <3

Bliss said...

I actually got up and went and looked at my kitchen and dining room windows to ponder this idea.

Bliss

Little Miss Maggie said...

That is a very impressive display of plates and I love the effect. It's so different too.

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Love it Karen! I like thinking up something different and this is!! Wish I thought of it! It is hard to take pictures shooting into the window. It came out pretty good considering.

fiona anderson said...

Great idea, and I love the whole randomness of hanging plates this way, instead of hanging them symmetrically.

Suzan Sweatman said...

I remember falling in love with this the first time you posted it!
Thanks for sharing how it's done :)
XOXO

shipwreckbeads said...

This is totally adorable and unique! I love it!
~Kelsy
http://looseendscraftblog.com

Consie @ AtopSerenityHill.com said...

Totally fun idea!! I love all the different plates that you used.

Michelle Hargreaves said...

What a cute idea! I would love to do something like this in my dining room.

xoxo
Michelle @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

This is so cool...You are a clever girl, Karen. Even if you can't remember how clever you are. ;)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love this! It reminds me of buttons all together, which is something I have a passion for! Wish I had somewhere to try this! Found you on Hometalk!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I think the pics show it just fine! I love this valance...I remember seeing it before but it's great you explained how to do it! I agree...hanging one plate from another is NOT a good thing...one slammed door and CRASH!! LOL

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Jaw dropping AWESOME! Oh goodness I love how you layered the plates like you did! I've featured you on this weekend's Party Junk... cya Friday! :)

May said...

I am crazy for this! Terrific.

Helen Graham said...

i am in love with this!! Im off to the thrift shop to find some cute plates!!

tree-shades said...

OHGOODHEAVENS!! Now I'm gonna have to make one, aren't I? Why ohwhy did I come across this post? LOVE IT!!!

itsdaMama! said...

Oh I LOVE what you've done!! I too save things because "I might be able to do something with it someday" - and now I've been saving stuff for 35 years....hmm, not a hoarder though! I have at least 8 sets of dishes, and now I can finally do something cool with some of them - THANK YOU! Now where did I put all of those plate hangers I bought on sale in 1979?

Looking forward to checking out your other posts and following your blog!

Andi

julie moyna said...

Oh I love this! I have been collecting pottery since i was in 8th grade. Junkin with nana at garage sales in Burbank Calif. Most plates were bauer and fiesta, some Catalina. Never paid more than $2.00!! I did a similar design in the 90's. My muse was Mary Englebreit. Her teapot wallpaper was the background and I had approximately 80 pastel plates arranged all over a wall that just drove me nuts. so long and you saw as soon as you walked into the family room! I lost most of them in an instant during the Northridge earthquake. I am now inspired again with this post. Thank you and sorry for the manifesto..lol

QueenBeeNC said...

I am remodeling right now and doing a cross between French cottage and farmhouse... sooooooooo doing this in my kitchen with some cobalt blue and white plates.. Thanks so much for the information and tutorial, I love different and odd and this is just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

This is SO AWESOME!!! I love the wall color, I love the plates...I am inspired! I just came upon this today but omg I love it! Thank you for the wonderful idea!!

srpprcrftr said...

The way the wind blows around our house I'd be afraid they'd all end up on floor in pieces, if I had windows open.When the wind blows out here it's like a mini tornado. Sure looks pretty tho, love all the different colors and designs on plates.
I get too tired of things to make that many holes in wall after I waited for 8 yrs to get walls painted, lol. That wall looks fantastic and one of a kind, which I'm really fond of. Great idea to combine them all at once.
Glad I clicked over to see what this post was about. Happy weekend

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