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Decorating With Plates

Finally! After moving these blue willow type china plates from one home to another and from one shelf to another they have found a home.

One of my problems deciding where to put them or what to do with them was I have very little area to display anything like this in my kitchen/dining room. Either all walls are windows or has appliances on them. Also blue is not my kitchen/dining color.

I went to work on the guest bedroom. I've had everything collected just sitting in different areas of the house.

I pulled a cute little nightstand from the garage hubby gleened from curbside trash for me. The lamp was in the storage room waiting to be put back together and have it's harp replaced. The lamp shade was one I had removed from family room a couple months ago. The little vase (given to me from my mother as a gift a couple years or more ago) sits upon an extra plate that did not go on the wall.

This heavy iron headboard is an antique salvaged from the trash a couple of years ago and has been hiding behind my craft room door waiting for someone to help me carry it downstairs. Did I mention it is hea-veee! The quilt and pillow shams were also salvaged from the trash and washed up beautifully.

Now for the plates. Plates are fun to decorate with all over your home. I've seen them used in every room. They are cheap when you need to purchase them and can be found at thrift stores, garage sales, or even in your own china cabinets!

I chose to hang some of mine over the bed. The hangers for the plates were also found (brand new, never used) in the trash. These hangers can also be made very easily yourself.

All but one of the plates were given to me by my mother as gifts. One I purchased at a thrift store. I dont remember exactly how much it was, but I never spend over $1 on stuff like that. ;) The little square tiles were purchased at a thrift store also for $4.

I had a little trouble getting all the plates spaced evenly, but was happy with the end result and felt I had accomplished something. I'm still chasing away those winter blues and decorating inside.

I would love to hear about your recent trash to treasures or new decorating projects, leave me a comment.

For more decorating inspiration head over to So You Think You Can Decorate!

and then party with everyone over at Reinvented for Trash to Tuesday


  1. This room looks great, Lisa! In our last two residences, I decorated with blues, and also include plates as part of the decor. Although I've moved away from blue in this house, my eyes are automatically drawn to it wherever I see it. :)

  2. Annie thanks! In my old house I had a place to display them in dining room, but now that I've gotten the bedroom done, I like this display even better.

  3. I am not do so much plate hanging these days -- but have done a lot in the past! One thin I am curious to try, is to get a glass/china bit for my dremel and trying to drill holes into them. Not into expensive plates, mind you. But just to see if I can thread ribbons through for hanging.

    Have you ever tried this?

  4. Alex I've never tried it but I see it done alot. Flea Market Trixie just did a post on it today. here's the link: http://www.fleamarkettrixie.com/2010/02/sytycd-week-1-shabby-chic-inspired.html

    Laurie thank you and thanks for stopping by.

  5. Lisa,

    that looks wonderful! Blue is my fave color, so those plates look extra beautiful lol. Great job!

  6. Thanks for the link to Trixie's page. That was an awesome project and I'm gonna get a ceramic bit!!!