Hand-Painted Plate Wall

Monday, November 14, 2011

In case you missed it, I made it through the second round of One Month to Win It!  Be sure to hop on over there tomorrow and vote for your favorite Styrofoam project!

I knew what I wanted to do for the DecoArt challenge from the moment the themes were announced.  I've been collecting Goodwill and Habitat Restore plates for months with just this project in mind.

I picked up some DecoArt Gloss Enamels at Hobby Lobby.  They're made specifically for wood, glass and ceramics.  The big difference between using these and acrylic paints is that these dry all shiny and ceramic-looking.

I also picked up some stencils at HobLob.

Before I started painting, I laid my plates out on a big piece of kraft paper so I could determine the placement.  Once I was happy with the arrangement, I decided which stencil and color(s) would be on each plate and marked the plates with post-its.  I also made sure to write which plate was which on the kraft paper to eliminate any potential trial-and-error later.

I mixed up my paints on a paper plate.  The blue required a little bit of black and white to make it more steely and less bright.

I taped my stencil on my plate and loaded my brush with paint, making sure to dab off most of the paint.  This is VERY important.  You want the least amount of paint possible on your brush.

I repeated this process for each plate and was done in about two hours!

After the paint was dry, I attached the plate hangers.  I used DISChangers because I've heard great things about them and you can't see them once the plates are on the wall!  It was a little bit expensive ($32.50 for 14 hangers of different sizes), but applying them was super easy.  Just a little water on your fingers to activate the glue and you're all set.  Making sure they're properly aligned for the plate design was the hardest part, but as long as you keep turning your plate over to make sure it's straight, you'll be fine.

I was going to try to hang the plates with the kraft paper on the wall so I could make sure my placement was correct, but it turned out to be too hard.  I used it to hang the very top plate and the very bottom plate, but then I took it off and just eyeballed the rest.

Here's the before.  I like these frames but this wall just screamed for more!


I love this wall!

P.S. See those two black-rimmed plates?  They were actually hanging with poster putty for this photo!  That lasted about 3 minutes before they came crashing down (almost on my head!), but they didn't break, thank goodness.  My order of DISChangers was two hangers short and the missing ones didn't get to me in time to hang them for the photo.  I contacted the guy at DISChangers and he was very nice and apologetic about it, but it was still annoying.  

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  1. These turned out so cute Jenna! I can't wait to see what else you do in the competition!
    Kim - Simply Living

  2. So cute! I like how your plates turned out!

  3. Hi, Jenna

    I just love how your plate wall turned out. I am a new follower. Found your blog on Tip Junkie link party. Love for you to stop by www.homesweetbutterfly.com.

    Have a great week.


  4. Really cool. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm a new follower.


  5. Great job! I love plate walls.