When I created our dinning room space a few weeks ago, one of the things I wanted to include was a hanging plate wall. I always love seeing plate walls and I am pretty satisfied with how this one turned out.
My overall dinning room decor is simple, with just a few touches of summer. But I love walking into it and savoring the simplicity. My family loves it just as much as I do. Adding the plate wall is definitely one my favorite DIY wall projects of this space (aka the only DIY of the space).
I know there are so many fabulous plate walls out there with all kinds of fancy plates and antiques. While I love seeing those, I decided to stick with the simple to see how it would turn out before trying anything else. I think this was the best decision for this project. And did I tell you how easy this was to create? You would not believe it! Seriously, this took me about 20 minutes or less.
How to Create a Simple No Nail Hanging Plate Wall
First, I picked up some simple Porcelain plates of two different shapes and in various sizes. I went with plain white to contrast the colors of the orange wall.
I did not want to put too many holes in the walls so I searched around on Pinterest to see what others were using to hang their plates. I found some options but then my husband came across these damage-free hanging command strips for hanging pictures. When I saw that these could hold up to 4 lbs (and they come in various sizes depending on the weight of your items), I figured they probably would work well for some light weight plates. And they sure did! It has been almost a month since I made the wall and not one plate has fallen down.
The command strips are two sided with tape on one side and Velcro on the other. The Velcro is pretty sturdy which really works well to keep the plates.
Note: According to the package, it says “damage-free hanging” so I am hoping for the best. I did try removing one strip after a few weeks to see if the paint would peel off. A tiny bit did chip off indeed. Could it be that I removed it too fast? Not sure.
I did not get very clear images, but here is a shot of the back of the strips (if you have not worked with command before). The backs are sticky once the tapes are removed.
To use this for hanging pictures (or plates), I placed two strips together on the Velcro side and pressed them until they clicked (per the instructions on the package). The clicking sound means it is now safe for hanging.
Then I removed the tape on the back of one piece of strip to reveal the sticky part. I then pressed the sticky back firmly on the back of a plate. Once it is firm, remove the opposite sticky back that is facing upward (as shown in the picture) and press it firmly on the wall.
Note: Once the strips were attached to the plates, I started to let them wait a while before hanging for fear that they might come off. But there was no need for to wait as these command strips are pretty firm.
The wall was so easy to create and I actually did not plan out where I would put the plates. If I get motivated, I may rearrange them for an even more un-even look and maybe add in a few fancy plates. We’ll see.
Overall, I love the addition of the plates to the room and the pop they add to the orange wall. Even more so, I am happy to have something separate for dinning away from the breakfast nook every now and again.
What do you think of this simple plate wall? Do you have one somewhere in your home? How long did it take you to create? I would love to hear about it in the comments!