Monday, September 13, 2010

Olive Garden Inspired Dining Room Decor

We bought our house about a year ago now, and Im just now getting around to decorating the dining room! Its been so bare and boring for all this time! And I have had ideas for the decor for a long time. But making sure I had enough time and the right items is what had kept me putting it off! But its finally done.. and Im going to be showing it off one project at a time. :)

Here is Part 1 of Dining room decor!

I was inspired by Olive Garden! Yes.. every time I go there, I just love the look of the platters and plates on the wall.
A little back story:
I found and fell in love with a table cloth I found at walmart one day (many months back), I had to buy it.. the colors were perfect and so bright and I loved the pattern. When I went back a few days later, I saw they had matching plates and platters and trays all in the same patten! Well I just had to but them! LOL And I knew instantly these were the plates I wanted for the decor.

I also knew that I wanted to use them as picture frames, rather than just have them plain on the wall. Which still would have been nice.. but hey, Im a photographer.. any chance to put up more pictures of my beautiful "subjects" was gonna make me a happy mama! :)

Here is what I did:

I printed the pictures for my plates.. my 3 gorgeous kiddies, and on of me and the hubs, full photo paper sheet.
I used card stock paper.. put it under the plates and traced around the bottom to create a template, to use when cutting the pictures! Rather than have a sloppy pen mess on my pictures.. its on the card stock paper, and then I can actually see where I wanted to cut my pictures. :)
I used a paint brush to brush Mod Podge on the center of the plate.. then carefully layed a picture onto it. Smoothed it out, and made sure there were no air bubbles!

Then I used the paint brush again to seal the pictures with mod podge.

It dries nice and clear! Here is my 7 year old daughter Kiah (not like Kia the car, but sounds like K-eye-uh) People always seem to ask, in person, so if anyone in blogland was wondering also.. there ya go. :)

My 4 year old son Bruce Jr

And the baby! :) My 17 month old son, Zander.

After they were nice and dry, I simply used a hot glue gun to glue ribbon to the back, to hang them by.

I enlisted the help of the hubs, for precision hanging. :) hehe

Here he is with me. I used the platter for our picture.

And again.. all together. On the main wall of our dining room. :) It may not seem like much, but it really made the dining room stand out. Looks a lot better in person. And I love seeing those smiling faces!! :)

I will be linking up to all these wonderful linky parties!!


  1. What a neat idea! I LOVE the pattern on those plates!!

    Stopping by from Motivate Me Monday!

  2. I'm not sure what I like best...your adorable plates or the fact that your husband actually measures before hanging!!! What a guy! So glad you forwarding to my husband so he know what it looks like!

  3. Jami.. haha You are too funny! Thank you, and im sure my husband will appreciate you saying that. haha Ive got a good man!! :)

  4. the plates look really cute, I like the colors and the swirls on them. I love Mod Podge and this is the perfect project for it.

  5. Once again, I find a project that I love!! I featured this on my friday favorites!!

  6. I love Olive Garden too ;) This is a great idea. And you have a gorgeous family!

  7. I really love this project idea!


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