I recently discovered Milk Glass plates. If you remember, I bought two on my last trip to the U.P. from this great antique store for $7 and $5 each. I’ve since been looking for more with little success until I made a trip to the Odd Fellows Antique store in Berkley, MI. This antique store, while much pricier than the U.P. store, has a ton of great items – furniture, jewelry, china, glass, pottery, and above all – Milk Glass.
I decided that I wanted to change the wall decor in the dining room and my first two Milk Glass plates are what started the upgrade. I thought a wall of plates (some Milk Glass some others in shades of blue) would be fun and colorful. The room is filled with black furniture and previously, dark decor so I wanted to brighten it up with some white.
While I’ve loved the canvas art for five years, I decided it was time for a change. (Note: The wall color in the first picture is the most accurate – the other pictures were all taken at night) When hanging any kind of collage on the walls, I do as my mother taught me – lay out your items on the floor to play with the arrangement.
Then I simply nailed picture hangers into the wall and slid the plates over the hooks (I used wall plate hangers on the back of each plate like these).
Antique European plate
Milk Glass – I hung it so you can see the bottom since it was so cool
Milk Glass (the most expensive of the bunch but I love the edging)
I wasn’t sure how I’d really like it once I was finished but I think it’s fun and right now, I love it (although I think it may need two really small blue plates to round it out). Who knows – I’ll probably change my mind in a year or so but it’s a great way to display unique plates that you love that would otherwise be sitting in a cupboard.