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Rearranging Furniture + Hanging Plates in My Dining Room

by | Apr 22, 2020 | Decorating Inspiration, Dining Rooms, feature, My Dining Room, My Seattle House

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Rearranging Furniture + Hanging Plates in My Dining Room

You know when you should really be setting the table for dinner but suddenly you think about what it would look like to rearrange the furniture in your house? Same. That happened the other day. I’ve hung many plate walls over the years…and it’s usually on a whim when inspiration strikes.

We’ve been doing lots of house shuffling lately. I feel like we are always doing some level of house shuffling around here! But since Courtney moved into our lower level and my son Luke is unexpectedly home now from college due to the current events, we are slowly but surely figuring out what furniture pieces go where. And what better time to rearrange the house and cozy things up than during this “stay home season”?

So the other night I got inspired to move this wood shutter cabinet from the living room to in the dining room. We keep table linens and wine glasses in it, so the dining room is the ideal location for it! I moved it over (just in time for dinner, ha!) and instantly loved it here.

I wasn’t sure what to put on the wall above it, but I’d been wanting to hang a plate collection on a wall in this house for awhile so this was the perfect spot!!

Rearranging Furniture + Hanging Plates in My Dining Room

I went back and forth about which plates to put up. White plates like I had in my old dining room? An eclectic mix? I have lots of fun patterned plates (some quirky ones from here), but ended up deciding to keep it simple with some of my favorite blue and white salad plates and shallow bowls from HERE. They’re some of my favorite plates, so seeing them displayed on the wall every day will make me so happy. It’s just the right touch of cottage for my style. And you can never go wrong with blue and white, if you ask me!

(I rounded up lots of pretty plates at the bottom of this post!)

Rearranging Furniture + Hanging Plates in My Dining Room

Here are the plate hangers we like to use. You just soak them in water to activate the glue, apply them and let them adhere overnight. We put them on the night before so they were ready to go the next day.

Rearranging Furniture + Hanging Plates in My Dining Room

I enlisted Court to help me out. We often just wing it and start hammering nails into the wall (ha, are you more of a planner or a “see what happens” kind of art hanger?)…but this time we decided to be a little more systematic. We traced the plates and bowls onto paper, cut out the shapes and taped them up on the wall to visualize the arrangement we wanted.

Rearranging Furniture + Hanging Plates in My Dining Room

We wanted them to ‘swoop up’ a bit and be a little imperfect. But not TOO imperfect, you know? :)

Rearranging Furniture + Hanging Plates in My Dining Room

This was our finished product!

Rearranging Furniture + Hanging Plates in My Dining Room

We LOVE how it turned out! I love it when a simple change just feels right. It transforms how you feel in your home. Rearranging this room and adding the plates is inspiring all sorts of new ideas for decorating the adjoining spaces of our house, too.

I can’t wait to share more!

Have you ever hung a plate wall?

I’d love to see your plate walls if you have one, feel free to share a photo in our Facebook group!

PS…you can watch a video how-to of our previous plate hanging HERE!

Post Sources:

Wood Shutter Cabinet (see inside ours here!)

Adhesive Plate Hangers

Blue and White Plates

Wood & Glass Diffuser

White Animal Lamp

White Bowl: Home Goods

Pretty Plates:

Rearranging Furniture + Hanging Plates in My Dining Room

Related Posts:

How to Decorate: The Slow Process to A Style You’ll Love

How to Hang Plates, Platters, and Bowls on a Wall (Video)


  1. Pauline Cruz

    Love the plates in combination with the cabinet. The swooping curve is a great idea. Have never hung plates on a wall yet.

    Still looking forward to your happy plant spray as I have a fiddle fig plant as well. Or did I miss it somehow?

    Thanks for always keeping us inspired.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Oh, no you didn’t miss it! Thanks for asking. I meant to do that one a few days ago and didn’t do it! We had some technical difficulties but it should be able to go out Friday. :)

  2. Amy

    Do the plate hangers peel off if you want to change out the plates? Are they reusable? What a unique solution to hang plates. I wish I had known about them long ago!!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      You can remove them, yes! I am not sure if you can reapply, I haven’t tried that.

  3. Sandra Speer

    Gives me a good idea for an empty spot!

  4. Lduffy

    Where did you find “ Code of a Naval Officer” ? It’s wonderful! My daughter is a naval officer and if you would share the source, it would make a lovely gift for her. Thanks!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hi there! I bought it at a second hand store years ago so I’m sorry I don’t have a source!

  5. Janet Finley

    That arrangement of plates is adorable. I love it when you get a random idea out of the blue like that and it turns out to be the cutest thing. Also, thanks for the recommendation on the adhesive plate hangers; I’ll have to give those a try!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thanks, Janet! Me too, it’s just the best. Especially when it didn’t cost a dime!

  6. Pam

    Unexpected I love it!

  7. kathleen

    It looks great! I love the change with the shutter cabinet and the styling you did! I’m usually a “when I get a whim to do it ” kinda girl too!

  8. Robin

    This is so lovely! And I love spontaneous ideas! Will you take another shot of your dining room soon from a distance away? I’d love to see the whole room to get a sense of it all and how it came together! Thank you! (And take care, please… you matter to so many of us!)

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you! Yes, I got so excited about the plates that’s all I took photos of this week, but I promise to get the whole room in a post soon! Not much else changed in the room but I know it’s nice to see the full space.

  9. Ann

    So funny- doing the same thing on the East Coast – love your plates!!!

  10. Jessica

    I made a clock with handpicked decorative plates for my dining room. It turned out fabulous! I love it. Plates are a great unique wall decor.

  11. Cecilia from Georgia

    Hi! I just popped over from Lori’s Home Style Saturdays and love your plate wall. I just spent 3 days hanging plates and about 4924 nail holes :( but got it done! I’m sharing what I did on your FB page. Sure wish I had seen this post prior to hanging my plates! I have never seen Flatirons discs and just can’t wait to try them with another plate wall….hmmm where is the question! Thanks and stay safe and be strong.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Welcome, Cecilia! Haha on the nail holes, relatable, but yay on hanging the plates! I’m sure it looks great. Thank you for your comment and for sharing the post, too! XO

  12. Shebe Harris

    Melissa, wondering if you could share where you got the tan pillow on the bench across from the shutter cabinet’s “new home”. The picture I’m this post only shows the top part of the pillow but I can tell I like it! Love your plate hanging and can’t wait to try the adhesive hangers’

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Sure! If you go to the top of the blog and hit the shop menu you’ll find where you can shop my home. The pillow should be there if it’s still available! Thank you!!

  13. Diane

    What a serene spot, Melissa! White walls can be stark sometimes, but this little vignette of a space has such warmth and visual tranquility. I love the way you paired the blue plates with a complimentary light brown wood, and then finished off the look with organic accessories. Lovely kitchen, by the way!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you! Our house has SO much natural light the white just seems to be the best choice for this side of our house. It’s fun to add the color and warmth in other ways. Thanks so much!

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