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Plates: Off the Table and On the Wall

November 22, 2010

Who says plates are just for the table?  They’re actually a wonderfully inexpensive way to add some charm to your blank walls. And, if you’re in the market for plates (whether for the wall or the table), Goodwill is your go-to source.

I recently added some plates to the bare walls in my kitchen.  The doorway was without trim and looked a little bare. Using a mixture of plates I found at Goodwill and a few I already owned, I created a more welcoming entrance into our dining room:

Want to guess how much this entire display cost? Even if I hadn’t used any of my own plates and bought everything at Goodwill, I could’ve created this wall for less than $5!

Unbelievably, you can find a beautiful selection of plates at Goodwill for just $0.49 each.  I decided to go with all white plates for a cleaner, more modern look, but a fun, eclectic mix of patterns can be a great look, too:

And, they’re not just for kitchens and dining rooms. Plates are a great solution for filling large walls above a sofa or even a bed.

Country Living
The Nesting Place
Other tips for creating a plate grouping of your own:
  • Use wire plate hangers (they usually come in two sizes for small and large plates and are available at most stores in the hardware section).
  • For maximum visual impact, hang the plates closer together.
  • Personalize a plate or two in your grouping by adding decals with your initial or house number. ( is a great source for these.)
The Lettered Cottage
  • Make it more interesting by mixing dinner plates, saucers and even big platters together.
  • There’s no right or wrong arrangement. The great thing about using plates is that you can use them in any formation to fit any wall space. Experiment and have fun creating your own masterpiece!

-Emily A. Clark

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2010 9:32 am

    Ahhhhh…I love a good post that highlights the amazing ways you can decorate your home with little money. Especially when Goodwill is involved.

  2. November 22, 2010 9:55 am

    Thanks! We love Emily’s great ideas, too. 🙂

  3. Phyllis Wilcox permalink
    November 24, 2010 8:01 pm

    Maybe I do have a little ‘design instinct’:) I do have a collection of butterfly plates on my sunroom wall. Butch has taken them down because he is painting the room….he suggested we not put them back up….wait til I show him your Goodwill plates…..a few of mine came from there and I am always looking for them at consignment stores, etc. Antique stores are a great place to buy ‘one of a kind’ plates at bargain prices. I know people that use different plates for dining (instead of a matching set)and that makes an interesting dining room table…but I would have to give up ‘paper plates’:(

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