So many plates, too little space! I’ve always been a lover & avid collector of antique plates, teacups, saucers and anything pretty that I could get my hands on at thrift stores and antique markets. These plates are simply timeless and can add a feminine flair to a more modern space.

Plate Arrangement

The beautiful details and delicate design of antique plates make them the perfect accent for any home, adding a little piece of history and character. If you have a set passed down from your grandmother or have a growing collection and don’t know what to do with all of your plates, I have decided to share this simple DIY display after a bit of trial and error and a few smashed plates (oops)!

When I first opened my store on Brant Street, I wanted my front counter space to make a statement and showcase all of my favourite things. Before I started decorating the wall, I decided to use textured wallpaper I got from Benjamin Moore as my starting point to add some dimension to the space. After painting it a green colour and adding a silver-toned glaze over top, I was finally ready to start decorating- my favourite part!

I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, usually how my projects begin. I wanted to recreate this antique plate wall display with my own plates; an arrangement consisting of different plate sizes, shapes and designs. I already had my chalkboard as my focal point on the wall, and wanted the plates to wrap around the chalkboard.


I began with a Command hook. The textured wallpaper that I loved was turning out to be my worst enemy, since nothing seemed to hold. When I had run out of options and my plate collection was growing smaller and smaller, I went back to Pinterest and decided to do it my own way.

My makeshift hook worked perfectly, and I was finally able to get the plates displayed the way I wanted. To make your “hook”, you will need:

  • A paperclip
  • A hot glue gun
  • Your plate!

First, turn your plate onto its back. Take your paper clip and bend the two sides apart and place the flat part in the center of your place, making sure it is straight. Take your hot glue gun and put a dot at the bottom of the paper clip to hold it in place. Wait until it has hardened and your hook is ready to go!

Put a nail in the wall where you would like your plate, and simply hook your plate onto it. The hook works perfectly because it is gentle enough to not break the plate, but strong enough to hold it on the wall without it falling!


This display idea is a perfect way to get your plates out of your kitchen cupboards and give them the attention they deserve. I love this idea to create a beautiful focal point surrounding your cupboards. If you want to repurpose your plates, you can paint the center with chalkboard paint and use it as a small chalkboard in the kitchen for a little note.

No more smashed plates for me … or you!

If you’re on the hunt for some antique plates, we have a display in store, or you can search some antique markets and thrift stores. If you decide to try this DIY, I’d love to see it! You can send us your photos using #purespiration or tagging us in your photos on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.