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

A Little Lovin’

Confession: other than decorating for Christmas, I’m typically pretty lame at decorating for other holidays throughout the year. It’s not that I don’t WANT to decorate, it’s just that I’m terrible at remembering holidays more than 3 days in advance. By some miracle, at the beginning of this month I actually remembered that Valentine’s happens on the 14th of February AND to top it off, I made some fancy love themed artwork! Although, I think these pieces may have to stay up at least through the end of February because they’re just so dang sweet.

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsI found this really cute free printable over at Tried & True. I printed it out on medium weight paper and colored it in with water color pencils. I’m a pretty awful artist, so being able to color in between the lines with the water color pencils and go back over it with a wet paintbrush is my kind of art :)

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

short homecoming dresses I love the subtle difference between the pencil only (on the right) and the finished product (on the left).

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsThis cute little thing now lives on the wall above our couch in the living room. With all of the pictures of just Josh & I, this wall has unintentionally become a bit of a shrine…haha. I think it’s definitely time to print out some new pictures of family and friends to put up there!Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. Edwards

This next little diddy was inspired by the one and only Pinterest. Yeah, I not only jumped on the Scrabble letter bandwagon, but I caught a ride on the chevron train too. I didn’t want to spend $20 on a brand new Scrabble game just to pull a few letters out, so I opted for some wooden letter tiles from our local craft store. Although they don’t have the little score number in the bottom corner, I think the $4 price tag for 40 letters was well worth the sacrifice! (UPDATE  – here are some real Scrabble tiles from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1OiDSLY)

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsI started off with an Ikea shadowbox frame that I found at Goodwill for $1.99 (score!). Then I used spray adhesive to attach the chevron fabric to the backing of the frame and hot glued the letters in place. Easy and so cute!

I paired the Love You art with a photo that was taken right after Josh proposed to me almost 3 years ago! Wow, time flies when you’re in love, huh :)

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsThe frames now live above the sink in our kitchen. They’re the perfect pick-me-up for when I have to do the dishes.

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsI may or may not have done the dishes just to take this photo. There’s no tellin’ though.

Valentine's Art | Simply Mrs. EdwardsDo you decorate for Valentine’s and other holidays? Or, do you stick to decorating for the big ones and forget the fringe ones like I usually do?

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

rihanna red carpet dress

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

Sponsored by the Letter “E”

Our house is literally 15 feet off of a semi-busy road and has a bright red front door. I try to keep something hanging on the front door all the time to be festive and cheery, but mostly to draw people’s eyes away from peering into our front windows. It probably doesn’t work, but I like to think it does!

Ever since I started seeing these jute wrapped letters popping up on Pinterest, I’ve been dying to get one put up on our front door! A Joann’s coupon and ball of twine later, I have this:

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Supplies Needed:

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsFlip your letter over, glue down the end of your jute and begin wrapping vertically. When you get to the edges, use a dollop of glue to keep the jute from slipping off the end. 

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsOnce you finish wrapping the entire thing vertically, wrap it again horizontally to cover all the exposed edges.

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsAdd your ribbon to the back and embellish with whatever you’d like. Stelabird has a great tutorial on how to make fabric rosettes over here

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsHang on your front door, step back and take a look!

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsI think it looks great on our front door! Don’t mind the left over 4th of July flags and my hubby’s work boots :)

Jute Wrapped Monogram // Simply Mrs. EdwardsLooks good, huh? A quick project to bring some cheer to our front door and distract people from looking in my windows :) 

The crafty one,
Mrs. Edwards