Thursday, September 8, 2011

Varsity China

On our recent home tour, you snuck a peek at four plates, framed, and hung on a wall.

I absolutely LOVE this plates. The are made by Varsity China and commemorate our alma mater perfectly. I am on the lookout for the perfect sideboard to put on this wall for our kitchen storage needs - since right now, the tops of the cabinets really isn't cutting it. Oops.

So we are pre-emptive in decorating for above such a cabinet with these plates. When we originally decided to opt for the framing route, we were quoted $250 per plate! Not a typo. Picking our jaw up off the table, we decided to try our hand at framing them ourselves.

We got the frames at Aaron Brothers and tried double sided tape. After HOURS of attempting to hang equidistant which included thinking that our frames were 14" by 14" when really that was the inside measurement and not the outside measurement which is closer to 15" by 15", then coupled with fact that one plate was adhered to the backing board upside down so we had to add our own picture hangers which were uneven, oh and having to dance with the A/C unit control, we finally broke down and drew a picture of the exact placement of the frames with regards to the wall.

We nailed more holes then we would like to admit - thank goodness for extra paint and spackle - but we finally got the frames up, straight, and centered. Victory.

Then, because it wouldn't have been a project without more hiccups, we woke up the next morning to find that a plate had become unstuck and fallen, but stayed inside the frame and still was hung on the wall. Close call; all the frames came down and another trip to Hobby Lobby was in store.

For the second go around, we picked up this glue that promised to adhere to any surface - including ceramics - and due to the small surface area that there was to adhere to, we were hopeful that the glue would spread out and cover more surface area than the tape thus making it more secure.

It took 24 hours for the glue to set and after two weeks, I am happy to report that all of the plates are still where they should be.


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