Plastic Plate Wall and Dining Room Progress

March 21, 2013 | by Jocie (email) |

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!

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

  2. Mary Sue Paulis says:

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

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

    • Jocie says:

      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. πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

  5. paintergal says:

    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?

    • Jocie says:

      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. πŸ™‚

  6. debbiedoos says:

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

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

  8. Amy says:

    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! πŸ™‚ can’t wait to see the table and revamped buffet!

  9. Vanessa says:

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

  10. Jacque says:

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

  11. Gina says:

    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.

  12. Ann says:

    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

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

  14. Megan says:

    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.

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

  16. Tanya says:

    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!!!!!

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. Allyson says:

    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!

  21. JustME says:

    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.

  22. trebor says:

    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!

    • Jocie says:

      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.

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

  24. poiboybf says:

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

  25. Roeshel says:

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

  26. MomHomeGuide says:

    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!

  27. Kennedy says:

    This is such a fun idea. I am pinning!

    Visiting from Dukes and Duchesses Project Inspired.

  28. Jamie says:

    Wow! This is amazing! I can’t believe they’re plastic!! I’m your newest follower πŸ˜‰ You should join up to my new link party {1 party, 5 blogs!}
    Have a great week!
    Jamie @

  29. 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.

  30. Jennie says:

    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

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

  32. Tausha says:

    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!

    My Craft Channel
    Sassy Style Redesign

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

  34. 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!

  35. allison says:

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

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

    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!

  38. Heather says:

    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!)

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

  40. Jena Bias says:

    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

  41. Heather says:

    Thanks for sharing at Project Inspired at Setting for Four – I featured you today!

  42. Rita Joy says:

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

  43. Kelli Girsch says:

    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 –

  44. Love your plate wall! The colors are so gorgeous!

  45. Heather says:

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

  46. Linda says:

    I adore this look and the practicality of plastic plates!

  47. Lynne says:

    Beautiful! I have that EXACT dining set!! Also just sold the table and chairs but kept the China cabinet. Great idea on the plate wall, getting ready to do one myself.

  48. Lana Kim says:


  49. Rosa Marie Tatum says:

    Love your wall! When we moved I had a large wall and was at a loss. My friend Sue said make it a wall of shelves. I did different sizes, color and type. It really turned out great.

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