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Plastic Plate Wall and Dining Room Progress

Plastic Plate Wall and Dining Room Progress

by Jocie Hagan (email Jocie) | | March 21, 2013 | 59 Comments »

Welcome to OPC’s The Better Half. My name is Jocie, and I love to craft and DIY my home into something wonderful as I strive to be both thrifty and fabulous. I hope you enjoy this plastic plate wall and continue to follow along on my dining room remodel. If you enjoy this article, check out some other recent crafts and consider subscribing to The Better Half (email or RSS). Also, feel free to share this tutorial on Facebook and give it a +1. All the buttons float along the left side of your screen. Thanks!

I can barely contain myself…I am just so excited to share with you our dining room progress! We’ve been painting, getting rid of furniture, getting new furniture, and decorating with plastic plates…yes, plastic. And I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Plastic Plate Wall - OPC The Better Half

A month or two ago, we got a call from Ethan’s favorite aunt and uncle saying they were moving to Florida and down-sizing. They were kind enough to offer us some family heirlooms and antique furniture – we were VERY happy to say “yes!” But, in our townhouse with little storage, bringing in new stuff means getting rid of old stuff.

When we first moved into this house 7 years ago, we painted the walls red and sponge painted the top half to add texture. At the time, I loved it!

Dining Room - OPC The Better Half

Then, about 4 years ago, I painted over the red with blue on the top and white on the bottom. The intention was to do some wainscoting, but we never got around to it. As the girls grew up a bit, we also added a kid’s table along with artwork. I loved the furniture, but it was too big for the room and the chairs were so big it was impossible to get around the table with people sitting at it, plus the chairs seriously dented the walls.

diningroom - OPC The Better Half

Dining Room - OPC The Better Half

So we sold the dining room set for $575 and got to work! So far, we have painted the walls Ben Moore Green Cast, painted the trim and chair rail, brought in a secretary desk from Ethan’s uncle, and bought a buffet from Second Chance, Baltimore for $90. I have some plans up my sleeve for the buffet so stay tuned.

Now for the big news….my plastic plate wall! I knew I wanted to do a plate wall and was on the look out to incorporate orange or coral into the green cast/mint walls. While I was in my favorite store, Target (obviously, heehee), I found these fabulous plastic plates.

The girls really wanted to help me organize it, and Lucy brought some good ideas to the table while Izzie sang some tunes to get us in the mood!

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The beauty of plastic is that even if they fall, they don’t break! And with two crazy kids, a plate falling is a strong possibility. lol. And, even better, I used Command strips to adhere them to the wall!

Change It Up with Velcro Command Strips

Now to be honest, one of these plates is not plastic…can you spot it? It’s the cream plate with the four birds. I found that one at Pier 1 and just couldn’t walk away from it! <3

DIY Plastic Plate Wall - OPC The Better Half

Plastic Plate Wall - OPC The Better Half

Plastic Plate Wall - OPC The Better Half

What do you think? Where would you put a plate wall?

Thanks so much for reading along about my new dining room and plastic plate wall!

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59 Responses to Plastic Plate Wall and Dining Room Progress

  • Liz @ Naptime Decorator responds...
    March 21st, 2013 7:12 am

    OMG I love it!!! Been wanting to do a plate wall FOREVER in our dining room:)

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  • Mary Sue Paulis responds...
    March 21st, 2013 7:16 am

    What a great idea. So pretty and colorful. I love it!

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  • Recreate and decorate responds...
    March 21st, 2013 7:33 am

    That’s a great idea! I’m just curious If they reflect the light and look real shiny?

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    Jocie Reply:

    They reflect A LOT of light in the pictures, but not so much in person. They do look like regular plates, so do shine a little, but no more than the one glass plate on the wall. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  • Christine @ DecorumDIYer responds...
    March 21st, 2013 7:48 am

    Great idea! So much safer, should one fall off (except the bird one, of course).

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  • paintergal responds...
    March 21st, 2013 7:52 am

    Doesn’t Target have the greatest plates? I drool in that aisle. Did you hang the Pier 1 plate with a command hook too? Or did you use a more traditional plate holder?

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    Jocie Reply:

    hahaha, that may have been a poor judgement call, but yes I used 3 large command strips, just out of laziness! hopefully I don’t regret that. :)

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  • debbiedoos responds...
    March 21st, 2013 8:20 am

    Love love love..great color and pattern choices too!

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  • Janel from NellieBellie responds...
    March 21st, 2013 8:56 am

    so pretty!!! What a good idea! And, I didn’t know that was a card table until you mentioned it :) . The tablecloth does wonders!

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  • Amy responds...
    March 21st, 2013 8:56 am

    love the who get up – how amazing to have heirloom pieces! love the buffet – in my house, it would be getting a high gloss coat of golden yellow! :-) can’t wait to see the table and revamped buffet!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Amy! Probably not going to be painting it yellow, but it definitely will be painted and I’m super excited about it!

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  • Vanessa responds...
    March 21st, 2013 9:16 am

    It’s coming together beautifully! I never would have known those plates were plastic!

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  • Jacque responds...
    March 21st, 2013 9:40 am

    Ahhhh I am loving this! When are you coming to my house, so so so so pretty!

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  • Gina responds...
    March 21st, 2013 10:02 am

    Love your plate wall. I saw all those pretty plates at Target and thought about getting some myself and doing the same thing. Love those chairs.

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks Gina! Would love to see pix if you end up doing it! :)

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  • Ann responds...
    March 21st, 2013 10:14 am

    This is fabulous! I adore plate walls and want to install one over a dresser in my living room. I just need to gather what I have and see it it’s enough. I saw these plastic plates at Target and loved them. Honestly you can’t tell they aren’t the real thing! Good job. ~Ann

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  • Jessi @ Practically Functional responds...
    March 21st, 2013 10:29 am

    Love it! My parents have a plate wall in their kitchen, right above their stovetop, and I love how it looks!

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    Jessi @ Practically Functional Reply:

    In case you didn’t see it earlier, I featured this today on my blog, so stop by and grab a Featured button if you don’t already have one! http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/03/10-creative-ideas/

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  • Megan responds...
    March 21st, 2013 10:39 am

    Such a great idea to use the plastic plates. I always love the plates they have at Target such beautiful patterns. You picked out great ones. :) Love the new furniture too. Can’t wait to see the table Ethan is building.

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  • Jessica @ Dear Emmeline responds...
    March 21st, 2013 11:26 am

    those chairs are perfect! you did a great job with the plate wall and color choices too. so fresh and inviting!

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  • Tanya responds...
    March 21st, 2013 12:07 pm

    I love your updates so much!! And the plastic is a fabulous idea too, with three of my kiddos 6 and under, and Nerf bullets flying around, plastic would work great.
    Have a wonderful day,

    xo, Tanya
    ps- I got my shirt LOVE IT!!!!!

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  • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles responds...
    March 21st, 2013 12:20 pm

    Jocie! The plates look wonderful, love the colors and layout. I have a few places I’ve thought about doing a plate arrangement, but can’t make up my mind which place to choose.
    And how awesome to have handmade family heirlooms to treasure and hand down to your kids someday.

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  • keri @ shaken together responds...
    March 21st, 2013 6:04 pm

    JOCIE – I absolutely LOVE this wall – it is gorgeous and I love the plates you chose!

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  • Danielle @ 2 Little Superheroes responds...
    March 21st, 2013 7:37 pm

    Love this look. I’ve been buying up plastic plates when they go on sale at Target (to do just this). So far I only have 3 so I’m a long way off.

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  • Allyson responds...
    March 21st, 2013 9:09 pm

    Wow I absolutely love this! I have been looking for something to dress up my dining room walls and I think this may be just the thing! I have seen those plates at target! Do they stay up easily with the command strips? This is genius!

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  • JustME responds...
    March 21st, 2013 9:19 pm

    I love Target plastic plates too. In fact I have a few waiting to be hung on the wall right now. You wall looks great. The three of you ladies did a splendid job working together.

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  • trebor responds...
    March 22nd, 2013 1:07 am

    I love the secretary desk! Those are awesome.

    Oh…and so glad you mentioned what Ethan’s surprise project was…I was wondering based on his comments in other posts!

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    Jocie Reply:

    I love the secretary too! Plus its so functional. We’re hoping the table is done by Easter…in fact the legs are sitting in front of me right now! woo hoo.

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  • Lora @ Craftivity Designs responds...
    March 22nd, 2013 11:08 am

    They look great! And I love that they are plastic – so smart!

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  • poiboybf responds...
    March 22nd, 2013 8:01 pm

    Beautiful furniture! Very elegant looking room with your decorating. We are not lucky enough to have a dining room yet. Maybe next house.

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  • Roeshel responds...
    March 23rd, 2013 7:32 pm

    That is SO SO SO pretty, Jocie! Love it!

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  • MomHomeGuide responds...
    March 24th, 2013 10:03 pm

    Great idea! I saw some great plastic plates at Target and was thinking of putting some above my cabinets. I love how I don’t have to worry about them breaking if they fall!

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  • Kennedy responds...
    March 26th, 2013 5:00 pm

    This is such a fun idea. I am pinning!

    Visiting from Dukes and Duchesses Project Inspired.

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  • Jamie responds...
    March 26th, 2013 9:26 pm

    Wow! This is amazing! I can’t believe they’re plastic!! I’m your newest follower ;) You should join up to my new link party {1 party, 5 blogs!} http://www.somuchbetterwithage.com/2013/03/give-me-goods-party-1.html
    Have a great week!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  • The Style Sisters responds...
    March 27th, 2013 12:46 am

    What a great idea to use plastic plates!! So colorful, bright and fun! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share your post with us.
    http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/03/centerpiece-wednesday-and-wrap-up_26.html
    Karin

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  • Jennie responds...
    March 27th, 2013 12:52 pm

    Super pretty. I just love the colors and patterns. I can’t believe they are plastic. Love the look. I shared this on my FB Fan Page. Have a super day. Jen

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  • northern cottage responds...
    March 27th, 2013 12:59 pm

    i’m in serious LOVE with this display…gorgeous and light and airy and whimsical – sigh!!!

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  • Tausha responds...
    March 27th, 2013 1:23 pm

    This is a darling idea! Great job! I am sharing this on My Craft Channel’s FB tomorrow. Again, bravo on such a happy display!
    Have a happy day!

    Tausha
    My Craft Channel
    Sassy Style Redesign

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  • the cape on the corner responds...
    March 28th, 2013 1:37 pm

    love it! so fun and fresh, and definitely budget friendly!

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  • Erica @ Craftivity Designs responds...
    March 29th, 2013 10:43 am

    This is such a fun project, I love the colors and patterns you chose to use! I featured you today on my Kick-Off Friday post! http://craftivitydesigns.blogspot.com/2013/03/kick-off-friday_29.html

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  • allison responds...
    March 29th, 2013 4:16 pm

    How did you hang the plates anyway? that is an awesome idea and i want to do that asap!

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  • Tonya @ Love of Family & Home responds...
    March 30th, 2013 12:15 am

    Love this plate wall!! The colors are beautiful!! Great job!

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  • Sarah @ Alderberry Hill responds...
    March 31st, 2013 10:54 am

    HAPPY EASTER!
    Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!
    I hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend, and join me this evening for Make the Scene Monday #68!

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  • Heather responds...
    March 31st, 2013 4:43 pm

    Gorgeous! Love how your pretty plates tie in the colors of your runner Jocie! Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspired and I hope you will join me Monday night 8 pm EST for the Project Inspired #8. (pinned to our group pinboard too!)

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  • Krista @thehappyhousie responds...
    March 31st, 2013 11:23 pm

    They look adorable! I want to do a plate wall soon. Love the bright colours and how they all tie together!!
    Krista @thehappyhousie

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  • Jena Bias responds...
    April 1st, 2013 3:18 pm

    I love the plates! How did you hang them? I have some of these plates from Target and have tried the round discs that have glue on them and it would not stick to the plastic. I could use your advice!
    Thanks so much,
    Jena Bias

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  • Heather responds...
    April 1st, 2013 4:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing at Project Inspired at Setting for Four – I featured you today! http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/04/project-inspired-no-7-linky-party.html

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    April 1st, 2013 7:56 pm

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    April 1st, 2013 7:57 pm

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  • Rita Joy responds...
    April 2nd, 2013 10:38 pm

    I can’t believe those plates are plastic! They look awesome!!

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  • Kelli Girsch responds...
    April 3rd, 2013 11:26 am

    Well, add me to the long list of people who LOVE this plate wall !
    I have never seen such a pretty decorative idea that was so pretty and
    inexpensive. Thank you so much for the inspiration!
    Plate wall coming up soon in my house…..Yay

    Kelli Girsch – buybabydeals.com

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  • Wendy J @ rockinwhatyagot responds...
    April 4th, 2013 11:05 am

    Cute… love the colors.

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  • Kelly @ View Along the Way responds...
    April 29th, 2013 10:34 am

    Love your plate wall! The colors are so gorgeous!

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  • Heather responds...
    April 30th, 2013 9:39 pm

    So pretty Jocie! Love the mix of patterns and colors!

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  • Linda responds...
    May 1st, 2014 8:59 am

    I adore this look and the practicality of plastic plates!

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