Let me tell you the story of this blue and white plate wall. Wait…I have to back up just a bit.
Have you ever had one of those life moments when you suddenly totally realize something and it seems to all fall into place? You know, one of those realizations that spans over years of your life?
I recently had one.
When I was a teenager I would have never believed someone if they told me someday fashion wouldn’t be my top priority. I wondered why my mom saved her Sunday best and wore “whatever she had” the rest of the time.
A few months back I caught my reflection in a store window and I shrunk back. Sure, I had cute hair…but the rest? I looked like I just threw on some pants and a top with no regard for fit or fashion. I looked homeless.
If mom jeans were still in existence I’d be wearing them. Maybe I am and just don’t know it. It’s entirely possible.
Yikes! When did I become “that woman”. When did my mom become a more fashionable dresser than me?
I’ll let that sink in for a minute.
I made a vow at the beginning of the year that I was going to try harder in the fashion department. I was going to channel some extra money toward wardrobe. I was going to slow down and think wardrobe.
But my dream of a blue and white plate wall was calling to me…more than a new pair of jeans. After a fourth cup of coffee the other morning I declared, “I’m in the generation of women who believe ‘We can have it all!’ Why can’t I have a cute blue and white plate wall and new jeans? Shouldn’t a woman be able to have her hand-painted Bavarian cake plate and eat it too?”
So off I went to make my blue and white plate wall dream come true. Spoiler alert…everything on this wall came from the thrift store.
What?!? An entire blue and white plate wall with vintage mirrors and gold shelves all from thrift stores? Yep.
To be fair, some items were collected along the way over months of thrift store visits. The two large Johnson Brothers Willow plates were found for $6 a piece. The mirrors were thrifted for $20 a piece. The shelves were part of a six piece set I bought for $25 (yes I have four more…squeal!). The mint and blue platter was purchased at the thrift store for $15 months ago. Every other piece on the blue and white plate wall was under $2.
I’m no accountant, but I believe I created my dream blue and white plate wall for less than $100. I couldn’t be happier. Every time I walk in the room it makes me smile.
I have lots of changes in store for this room. New bedding, a reupholstered bench (thrifted), new lamps etc…it will all happen.
But, for now…I’m on my way to the shopping center to look for some new cute jeans. Hmmm…I wonder what I should wear?
Have a fantastic day!
My awesome friend Lucy from Patina Paradise put together this incredible party list. Lucy and I, we like to party at the same places. You should come to the party…it’s a blast:
Moonlight and Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss 10 or 11AM
* Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style 6pm
* Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasures evenings at 7 PM
* Dream Create Inspire @ Refresh Living evenings at 7PM
* Swing into Spring @ DIY by Design at 10PM
What’s It Wednesdays @ Ivy And Elephants
* Share Your Style @ The Vintage Nest + 7MORE BLOGS!!!!! 6PM CST
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours 6PM CST
Brag Worthy Thursday @ Bless’er House + 4 more blogs 5AM
DIY Like A Boss @ The Heathered Nest
*The Creative Circle @ Up to Date Interiors 8AM
Vintage Charm @ Charm Bracelet Diva 9AM
* Shabbilicous Fridays @ The Shabby Art Boutique 1:00PM
*Feathered Nest Fridays @ French Country Cottage 3PM
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme 6PM
* A morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market 6AM
Also at: Confessions of a Serial DIYer