My hubby and I only have a week left until we start our first week as actual teachers! I’m excited in way, but it would be a lot easier knowing where we’ll be. We do know our districts, and Shaun will for sure be subbing in high school. I, however, could be placed anywhere! As a substitute teacher yes, but also as a part time or full time teacher in a high school classroom, or even in an elementary… And I basically say yes to whatever they throw at me. Exciting, but not knowing is starting to make me nervous!
To feel ready, I’ve taken on sorting through our ENTIRE house- KonMari style. Feeling like our belongings are in order makes me feel so much more ready and prepared for the rest of my life. It’s amazing how much more together I already feel! I want to make sure my entire house is tidy and in order before September 8th rolls around. I’ll be sure to share a few organizing ideas in the coming weeks, but for now I’m purging away. In the meantime, I thought I’d share this quick, easy and cheap way of decorating your rental!
In our dining room, on either side of the entry leading into the kitchen, is the perfect spot for some colourful plates. But how can you hang them without them breaking or without damaging your wall?
In a word- melamine. There are so many beautiful melamine plates out (and are on sale now that summer is ending!) meant for pretty picnics and barbecues. I have collected a few in the last year, and I plan on adding to my collection for this wall. I promise you can’t tell they aren’t ceramic!
To start, I marked where I wanted my plate hung in two spots under the plate.
From there, I added either nails or small pins. The great thing about pins is that they are so small, they leave an almost invisible hole in the wall. For some of my plates, these were all I used. However, for the few heavier ones, nails were my best bet.
I knew they wouldn’t really be stable enough though, and sure enough, one night as we were falling asleep, we heard a crash in the dining room (which of course terrified our dog!). Being melamine, nothing happened. The next day, I realized the leftover command strips we have hanging around for command hooks were a perfect solution. This way, you won’t mark your plates, and you hardly damage your wall!
I also added a couple ceramic plates here too. I wanted something extra solid for these.
Velcro command strips, of course.
The black one is a heavy duty one cut in half, along with a regular white one. Simple!
Here is our dining wall before:
You can even catch a glimpse of our newly organized laundry nook! It looks a little sparse for now, so I might add to them as I collect more as time goes on. Slow decorating :)
For now I’m happy with how it plays off the blues in the living room. I tried adding red to it, but it just wasn’t for me! Eventually I’ll add an extra shot of contrasting colour to our space (red? soft pink?) but for now I’m loving the blues!
Ugh… I hate that fixture. Every time I see it I’m itching to replace it! I’m thinking of this one.
Plates: 2 were gifts, the others ranged from 3-10 dollars (From Crate and Barrel and Marshall’s)
Hanging supplies: on hand
Total cost: $22!
So there you are. What do you think? Would you add plates to your walls? Too old fashioned, or just right?