I have always LOVED collages. I already did this to a short wall in my dining room a while ago:
So when I saw this post at Swan White Curtain and her entry on plates as wall art I thought it was a fantastic idea! This is the wall I started with:
I spent weeks looking for plates at the local thrift shop. They had a half price sale a while back and I bought about a 100 plates for a quarter each. I didn’t know how many plates I would like or what colors I should go into.
As I have been laying them on the floor in a pattern I realized that some of them are actually quite valuable.
Like this one:
It is Flow Blue. Made by Ridgways of England around 1912. It is the Rose collection. I found a matching oval covered dish on eBay for $300.
Or this set:
Made by Thomas Forester & Sons also around 1912. It is hand painted. Also in expensive in the antique world.
This plate was my inspiration for the colour combination on the display:
It is made by Royal Doulton and is listed at $70 on an antique website.
What did I pay for it? A quarter. I know….hard to believe!
So I started to lay them out on the floor. My first draft looked like this:
It was a little cluttered, and my dear friend pointed out it looked a little like the United States of America in shape.
I moved some colours around and pared down the amount of plates I was using.
This is my pile of plates I started with on the second round:
And this is what the final plate wall looks like:
I love how it turned out!