How to Hang Plates Without Visible Hardware

Hello, blogland! I’m not even going to try to explain my 1.5 year hiatus…there’s really no great reason! But here I am feeling crafty so figured I should fire up the rusty ol’ blog again. I can’t make any promises as to how often I’ll be posting, but hopefully more often than every 18 months :)


 

How to Hang Plates Without Visible Hardware | Simply Mrs. EdwardsIn our dining room we have a sliver of wall space between the china hutch and doorway to the kitchen. I’ve always wanted to place something there, but nothing felt quite right. While browsing Pinterest, I happened upon this photo that I had pinned years ago. Plates! I could hang plates there. All I needed was…plates. And a way to hang them without them crashing down. So I started slowly collecting plates here and there. Most of them came from a local thrift store called Abbots and others from Goodwill. I don’t think I spent more than $2 on any of them!

The final thing to figure out was how to hang these things. I’ve never loved the plate hanger things that clamp on to the plate, so I started searching for a way to hang them without any visible hardware. I found these adhesive plate hangers, but at about $3.50 each, I figured I could come up with something a bit cheaper. We visited Josh’s parents a few months ago and my mother-in-law had just finished a plate wall in their dining room and it looked great! Lo and behold, she had figured out how to hang them without the visible hardware and didn’t spend a small fortune doing it. All credit goes to Debbie for this one :)

What I Used: 

Plates

Adhesive Hangers (similar)

E6000 Craft Adhesive

Hammer & nails

Paper, copier & dry erase marker

I started by washing my plates in warm, soapy water. Mostly to get the thrift store gunk and grime off of them, but also to ensure that the glue had a clean surface to stick to. Next, I traced all of my plates out on paper, cut them out, and taped them up on the wall to get an idea of the placement I wanted.

How to Hang Plates Without Visible Hardware | Simply Mrs. EdwardsOnce I had my arrangement down, I took a dry erase marker and marked the center top of each plate (making sure that the design on the front lined up).  This gave me a mark to line my hanger up to.

How to Hang Plates Without Visible Hardware | Simply Mrs. EdwardsYou may be able to find adhesive hangers that don’t have the little hook on them, but rather only an eyelet. Mine had the hook, so I simply took some tin snips and cut it off of each hanger. Easy fix!

How to Hang Plates Without Visible Hardware | Simply Mrs. EdwardsOnce I had my plates prepped, I took the E6000 and got to gluing! This stuff is SUPER sticky, but pretty forgiving for a while. On a few of my plates I didn’t get the hanger lined up on the first try, but it was really easy to slide it into the right spot. Be sure to get your eyelet above the rib or edge of your plate so that when it hangs, it lays flat. I let the adhesive dry for at least 24 hrs.

How to Hang Plates Without Visible Hardware | Simply Mrs. EdwardsAfter my hangers were really dry, I placed each plate on our copier and printed off a picture of the back side. Once cut out, I taped them up on to the wall over the other cutouts. This let me figure out the exact spot to place my nail. I hammered the nail right through the paper.

How to Hang Plates Without Visible Hardware | Simply Mrs. EdwardsOnce all the nails were in, I pulled the paper down and hung up the actual plates. And (unless you look REALLY closely at an angle) you can’t see any hardware!

How to Hang Plates Without Visible Hardware | Simply Mrs. Edwards

hilary swank backless dressI think this projected turned out really well! It was SUPER easy and affordable! We already had the glue, so buying the plates and the hangers…I think I came in under $15!

How to Hang Plates Without Visible Hardware | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I think this adds the right look to that awkward spot next to the hutch. I may keep my eyes out for a few more plates to add a couple to the top of the arrangement!

xo, Terra

 

DIY: Metal Folding Chair Re-Do

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I’m not sure what it is about my Mom, but she has the BEST luck finding things for free on the side of the road. I hope to someday inherit her roadside-freebie-snatching skills. For about a year I’ve been keeping my eyes open for metal chairs to revamp. Ideally, I wanted ones with a cushioned seat, but any old metal chairs (that were less than $10/chair) would do. I wasn’t having any luck finding anything within my price range. Lo and behold, my Mom found 4 folding metal chairs WITH cushioned seats along the side of the road in my hometown. Score!

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

The problem was, they were in desperate need of some lovin’. Cue angels singing and my name being called from the craft store. For about $30 I was able to breathe some new life into these roadside freebies. Here’s how I did it!

Supplies Needed: 

Step 1: I began by removing the seat of each chair. One thing that I didn’t do but would definitely do next time is number each chair and seat as well as separate the screws according to which chair they came from. I ran into some issues getting the seats to fit back onto the chairs because I got them all mixed up. This may not be an issue with newer chairs, but you’ll be thankful if you do it with old used ones!

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 2: I removed all of the staples and took off the old vinyl. Thankfully, the foam was in great shape (although a terrible color of neon yellow!) so I was able to reuse it. If you need new foam, now is the time to trace your seat base and cut out your foam and/or batting.

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 3: I cut my fabric into 17″ x 18″ pieces. I probably could have cut them a bit smaller, but I found it helpful to have a little extra to pull snugly and then to trim off the excess.

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 4: I lined up my fabric so that the pattern went in the direction I wanted it to face. I laid my fabric right side down, centered my foam and then lined up my chair seat. Once everything was lined up, I began stapling my way around the seat. I found it easiest to begin on one corner and work my way around the entire seat. It’ll probably take you a bit to find your groove, but once you do it should go pretty quickly! I thought the corners would be tricky, but they actually ended up being pretty easy! (See photos below for how I folded the fabric around the corners so that it would lay flat.) Once you get your fabric stapled down, trim off the excess.

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 5: I repeated steps 3 & 4 with my vinyl. I ended up using a ton of staples to get it to fit snugly but hey, nobody will see them!

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I should point out that my husband picked out the seat fabric. Great choice, huh?!

Next it was time to paint the metal chairs! It was too breezy to paint outdoors, so I moved my chairs into a well ventilated workshop. Please be sure to work in a well ventilated space, spray paint fumes are not good for your brain cells and future offsprings. 

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 6: I pulled/cut off the old rubber feet and sanded the entire chair with 220 grit sand paper. Basically, I wanted to remove any rust spots and rough up the entire surface. Once I sanded down the surface, I went back over the chairs with a damp cloth to remove the dust & dirt.

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 7: Paint. I chose Krylon indoor/outdoor gloss spray paint in “Bright Idea.” I ran out midway through the project, and had a heckova time finding more since I had bought the last can at our local hardware store. Thankfully, Walmart ended up being the ONE place within 50 miles that carried the brand/color. Word of advice, make sure you have enough paint to start off with! I used about 1 can per chair.

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Also, I HIGHLY recommend using this fancy contraption called the Can Gun. My hubby got it for me for Christmas and this was the first time I broke it out. It makes spray painting a dream! No finger cramps or over-spray on your hands. Seriously, go buy one right now!

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

The essential to spray painting is to do multiple thin coats. Seriously, take your time and wait the manufacturers recommended time between coats. You’ll regret going too quickly because you’ll instantly get drips and splatters. I ended up doing about 3 coats on each chair and they turned out pretty well! I do have a few drips here and there, but nothing that I am going to lose sleep over.

This is what my chairs looked like after one coat of paint:

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

And after the third coat of paint:

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 8: I reattached the cushions and voila! New chairs! (See my note above about numbering the cushions/bases/screws).

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards
Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Metal Folding Chair Re-Do | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I still need to get new rubber feet for the chairs. I bought some but accidentally got the wrong size (mental note – measure twice, buy once!). Overall, I’m ecstatic with how these free roadside chairs turned out! They will work really well as additional outdoor seating for our next BBQ or indoor seating for our next movie night. The best part is that if I ever get tired of the fabric, I can easily pop off the seats and change it out! Yay for free chairs that turned out fabulous :)

Budget Breakdown:

  • Metal chairs: free!
  • Fabric: $11.50/yd.
  • Clear vinyl: $4.99/yd.
  • Foam: free!
  • Staples & staple gun: already owned
  • Sand paper: already owned
  • Spray paint: $15.50
  • Total: $31.99

With a fancy new place to sit,
Mrs. Edwards

DIY: Yarn and Nail Art

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Since Christmas time, these blank planks of wood have been hanging on our living room wall staring at me. You may recognize the piece from our Christmas decorations this past year. My handy husband built the piece out of an old fence that blew down during one of our crazy storms a few years ago. I’ve been wanting to do something with it, but I’ve had some serious commitment issues. Not knowing what to paint/write/create, I was worse than a teenage girl choosing an outfit.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

While driving home the other night I heard the song One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture come onto the radio. I love the lyrics, which always serve as a reminder that no matter the challenges of the day, God’s love is endless and always there. I had an ah-hah moment when I remembered the blaringly blank wood planks hanging on our living room wall!

A while ago, I found this photo via Pinterest and knew I wanted to try the yarn and nail letters somewhere. I figured that this was a great time to do so! This project turned out way better than I anticipated!

DIY Yarn & Nail Art 

Supplies needed:

  • A piece of wood or a blank wall where you’d like to create your piece
  • Nails (I used 1.5″ nails) & a hammer
  • Your words printed out on paper
  • Ruller, scissors, tape, chalk & a ballpoint pen
  • Craft paint & paintbrush
  • Yarn

Step 1: Measure out your working area and create your saying in Word or Illustrator. We used this free font from Dafont for the cursive letters and Helvetica Neue for the bold LOVE. My hunky husband created the words in Illustrator for me so that we could get the sizing perfect.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

To make sure that my words were straight and spaced evenly, I drew a line along the bottom of each word and simply lined the guide-lines up and spaced the words 1″ apart. You’ll want to tape everything down once you get it situated (if you’re going to paint any of your words like I did, you can hold off on taping those ones).

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 2: To create your nail outline, simply nail through your paper. You’ll want to be sure to place a nail on every corner of each letter and about every 2 inches in between. For the O, I just kind of eye-balled it, since there aren’t any corners (I actually added more nails to the outside of the O than what are pictured below). I tried to nail all the nails in evenly, leaving about 3/4″ sticking out. Once you get all of your nails in you can tear the paper away. There may be little bits of paper stuck beneath the nails, you can pull them out with your fingers or tweezers if you’re picky.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 3: Grab your yarn…

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Tie a knot on one nail and begin wrapping! I found it helpful to wrap all the way around the perimeter of the letter and then go back and fill in. There’s not really any specific way to do this, just make sure to cover the entire area and go back around the perimeter a few times at the end. You’ll finish by tying another knot around a nail and trimming your ends.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 4: Now, it’s time to transfer your letters for painting (I’ve shown you this technique before over here). Flip your piece of paper over, grab a piece of chalk and cover the letters with a thick coat.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Position your words again, tape them down to secure, and trace with a ball point pen. 
Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

This will leave a slight impression in your wood and a chalk line for you to follow with paint. My wood was pretty soft and the pen left a slight indent, so if you have a harder surface or if you’re doing this on a wall you’ll want to really make sure you’ve got the back of your paper covered with chalk so that it will leave a good transfer mark.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Step 5: Once you’ve traced all of your words, break out your paint. I used white acrylic paint. If you’re doing this on a wall or on something that will be outdoors, you’ll want to choose a paint that works best with your environment. Using a small paintbrush, simply fill in your chalk lines. I found it helpful to brush away the chalk dust before painting.

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Let it dry and you’re finished! Stand back and be amazed at your masterpiece! Good job! :)

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

This looks a million and a half times better than the blank wood that used to be there, don’t you think!?

Yarn and Nail Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I hope that you’re reminded of God’s unfailing love today. It is because of Him that I have the ability to create and for that I am very thankful.

With love,
Mrs. Edwards

Son of a Nutcracker!

Since we’re only about 1 day from Christmas, I figured it was high time that I shared about our Christmas decorations! The past few years we’ve had a tree, some garland, and wreath on the door. I’d say my efforts were a mediocre 3 on the scale of Christmas cheer. But this year, gosh. This year is a solid 8.  We upped our game and brought the Christmas cheer in full force this year!

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Thanks to Josh’s awesome handiwork, we added this amazing backlit star this year. We were inspired by this one on Beyond The Picket Fence and couldn’t wait to create our own. Because we had a big open space to work with, we made ours a bit larger and added some sweet backlighting. The wood is from a reclaimed picket fence that Josh found and cleaned up. After Christmas, we’re thinking of repurposing the boards into another art project. Promise I’ll share those details when it’s time!

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

The star is a simple square that Josh fastened onto 2″ x 2″ pieces behind. It’s backlit with a strand of leftover Christmas lights. The only thing we purchased for this project was a $3 spool of ribbon! A pretty great project if you ask me! :)

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

red carpet prom dressesI’ve been seeing a ton of fun chalkboard ideas all over, but since my chalk hand writing leaves a lot to be desired, I cheated a bit and used this transfer trick to write the Christmassy message below. If you doubt your writing skills, I highly recommend this transfer technique! The only thing I did differently was use a chalk pen to fill in my lines instead of regular chalk. My finished product may not look as rustic as it could, but I was lacking the patience and steady hand necessary to trace over the whole thing in smear-able chalk. I may re-do this again with real chalk someday, but I’m perfectly happy with the way this version turned out!

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Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Last year I made this fun Christmas card wreath out of a pack of Dollar Tree clothes pins, a little green spray paint, some red beads, some bailing wire, and red ribbon. One of the easiest projects ever! I’m happy to say that since this photo was taken we’ve filled up the entire wreath with fun cards from family and friends!

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Among other fine qualities, our house has a really odd living room with multiple doors on each wall. The only place that our TV fits is right in front of a coat closet that we don’t really use. I got tired of people asking why our TV was in front of a door, so earlier this year I made a curtain to hang in front of the door. This was also the point in which I got fed up with our dark redwood walls and decided to cover 2 walls in burlap. Thankfully both projects turned out great and we no longer receive weird comments or looks when someone comes into our house!

Thanks to some scissor wielding friends who were over one night, we ended up with a stack of beautiful paper snowflakes that were just begging to be displayed. It only made sense to hang them in front of the curtain that’s in front of the coat closet door. Duh, right? Thankfully, that experiment turned out great too!

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

If  you’re on Pinterest, it’s very likely that you’ve seen tutorials on how to replicate mercury glass with mirrored spray paint and a spray bottle of vinegar/water. Well, I took a stab at it with some vases and candle holders and kind of failed. When they say that you MUST use the Krylon mirrored spray paint for it to turn out, they’re not kidding. I used some Rustoleum silver spray paint and my pieces turned out lacking some pizzaz (I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve ever used the word pizzaz…) I honestly really like how these vases and candle holders turned out, but they’re nothing like real or faux mercury glass. I think it has to do with the air temperature I was spray painting in and that I used the wrong type of spray paint. Oh well, ya win some, ya fail some.

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I really like the arrangement and that I get to display it on some antique doilies from my Mom. The view below is my absolute favorite this year! It’s what I see every night sitting on the couch :)

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Here are a few photos of the living room as a whole (this room is hard to photograph!)…

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

blake lively dress
Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Although we spend the majority of our time in the living room, a little bit of Christmas cheer spilled over into the dining room too. On the china hutch I simply hung some paper garland that I made last year…

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All it is is circle punches of scrap booking paper and Trader Joe’s bags sewed together…seriously, so simple.

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

The other thing I added is a Merry Christmas banner that we got at Target a few years back hanging on an old window from my parent’s house. Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards IMG_3266

My favorite Christmas tradition so far has been buying a Christmas ornament from our travels throughout the year. Hopefully someday our tree will be filled with ornaments from around the country and world! These three are from our trips in 2012:

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

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These ornaments and many others were placed on our tree with love and care while we donned our antler headbands and turned on a Christmas movie. Ahh, I love tradition!

So, did you up your decorating game in 2012? What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Can you believe that Christmas is TOMORROW?!

Singing loud for all to hear,
Mrs. Edwards

P.S. Here’s our 2012 Christmas Card! Designed by the one and only, Josh Edwards :)

Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Crock-Pot Chicken Chili & Homemade Corn Bread

Today was one of the first “real” fall days around these parts. It rained overnight throughout the morning and was a wonderfully cloudy and brisk day. It was the perfect day to bundle up and enjoy a day at home. Thankfully, I got to do just that! Today’s weather called for a classic fall dinner- chili and corn bread. My goal with this meal was to not have to go to the grocery store, but to be able to use things that we already had. We typically make chili with ground beef, but Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard only offered chicken today. I went out on a limb and basically made up the chili recipe as I went. I’ve never had a chicken chili, but figured that it would be worth a try. I was a bit nervous at first, but then realized that since I knew we liked all of the ingredients, there was a pretty good chance that the end product would turn out delicious. The cornbread recipe (with a few modifications) comes from my faithful friend, my Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. This entire meal was a cinch to put together and the end products were so hearty and delicious!

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Crock-pot Chicken Chili
(makes 4-6 servings)

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can (15 oz.) of pinto beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) of kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) of great northern beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) of tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 oz.) of tomato paste
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, chili powder and oregano to taste (I used about 1 tablespoon of each).
  • If you like green chilis, bell peppers, onions, etc. you can add them too!
  1. Place chicken breasts in bottom of crock-pot. Add beans, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and seasonings. Gently stir to combine.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. About an hour before serving pull chicken breasts out and shred. Add back into the crock-pot and cook for another hour or so.
  3. ENJOY!

Homemade Corn Bread

  • 1 c. of flour
  • 3/4 c. cornmeal
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten (or if you’re out of eggs like I was, you can substitute in 4 Tbsp. water + 2 Tbsp. oil + 4 tsp. baking powder)
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. In a medium bowl stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  2. Add the 1 Tbsp. butter to a 10-inch cast iron skillet or a 9 x 1 1/2-inch found baking pan. Place in oven about 3 minutes or until butter melts. Remove skillet from oven; swirl butter in skillet to coat bottom and sides of pan.
  3. In a small bowl combine eggs (or egg substitute), milk, and oil. Add mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Pour batter into hot skillet or pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Cut into slices or wedges and serve with your chili
  5. ENJOY!