After a trip down TJ Maxx's clearance aisle, I found a variety of plates for $2 each. I thought to myself, "Wow, this would be a great start to that fabulous plate wall." My initial attempt included a symmetrical design, maybe too symmetrical.
I didn't love it and neither did the wall. One day, I came home to find only three lonely tea cups remaining...
Every plate had fallen off the wall. I guess my "glue-a-paperclip-to-the-back-off-a-plate" trick (like I saw on someone else's blog) did not work very well. I actually took this picture after I cleaned up the mess. Surprisingly, many plates were still in tack. I only lost two in battle between the wall and the clips.
Almost a year later, here is what the plate wall looks like today. I like it. I'm much happier with the product. It's not so predictable.
I purchased two shelves from the Christmas Tree Shop for $8 each and topped them off with the $2 TJ Maxx plates.
I layered some frames for interest. The gold frame actually came from an old piece of artwork we had in our college house. The argyle piece was a blank wooden frame from Michael's that I "Mod- Podged" with scrapbook paper. I filled the inside of the frame with a complimentary pattern of paper.
Lastly, I topped off the shelve decor with this lovely owl, who was a gift from my mother. I believe he came from Home Goods.
I am much happier with this look. Sometimes all it takes is design and redesign!
This project is also available on C.R.A.F.T.'s Making Monday Marvelous.