Plate-Rack - Copy


If you own a level and you actually use it.  Stop right here.

This post is not for you.

We have plenty of other posts here at thistlewood.  We have posts on old Christmas decorations and posts on why people were late to book club and even a post or two on simply nothing at all and a variety of other scintillating topics for all our level-owning readers.

Take my advice.  I’m not really sure you can handle this one.

You see, this post involves painter’s tape, scissors, a plate rack and a vinyl maker named Greta.

Not a level in sight.

However, if you like to wing your way through home decorating projects with a shrug of your shoulders and a flip of the hair and a throw-caution-to-the-wind type attitude…..

……start taking notes.




Recipe Wall


1.  Start the recipe wall project by reading blogs.  Read a lot of blogs.  Get inspired by said blogs.  When you are reading these inspirational blogs, stumble across a project where someone has put a recipe on a wall behind some plates.

File the idea away.

Wait two years.

Start planning your recipe wall and try to remember where you saw it featured, so you can give them credit for the original idea.

Keep thinking.


2.  Call Greta or your own vinyl maker or plug in your Silhouette Cameo.

If none of the above apply, read this tutorial on how to make your own vinyl letters.


3.  Dust off your plate rack and choose your favorite recipe.

(Unfortunately, I didn’t use my favorite recipe.  I couldn’t use it because my favorite recipe is found on the back of the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese box and only has four ingredients).

And it’s not really cute.

And a recipe wall always starts with a recipe that looks cute.

Or maybe just tastes good.  That trumps cute every time.


4.  Once your vinyl cutter has finished your cute plate rack recipe, cut it into strips and attach it to the wall with painter’s tape.  Tape the entire recipe to the wall.

Stand back.

Decide you don’t like the layout of the strips of vinyl and take them all down and tape them up again.

And again.

And again.

5.  Repeat step 4 as many times as necessary.

Do not use a level.

Remember….you have thrown caution to the winds all while shrugging your shoulders and flipping your hair.

You are a care-free project maker.

6.  When you are satisfied with your vinyl placement.  Pull off the backing and attach vinyl to plate rack.

Add plates.

Position the plates to hide the places where your vinyl placement might have benefited from using a level.

This step may require a lot of plates 🙂


7.  Stand back and stare at your plate rack.  Think how great it is to be a carefree, shoulder-shrugging project creator.  Think how much time you saved repositioning those letters over and over and over again instead of just using a level.

And then start saving your pennies to take Greta to the Caribbean 🙂


PS  If you want to see how I made the plate rack click here.

PPS  If you want to see the actual recipe….click here.


  1. Image for Anne Anne

    Love the new header!! That aqua with the grey is PERFECT! Nice job!! Happy Easter Karianne!! xox !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (added a few for good measure)

  2. Image for Janet Janet

    Your project is PERFECT in every way... Your commentary about it being anything but perfect was entertaining, but it is nonetheless a lie. ;) Oh, and by the way... YOU are at the top of my list of inspiring bloggers! xo

  3. Image for Jeanette Jeanette

    I love it! Levels may never be needed again! Plus I love the plate rack. I'm looking over my shoulder to find a place in our kitchen for one.

  4. Image for Sillyrabt Sillyrabt

    i'm new to this blog. it's wonderful! congratulations! i really like the plate rack that you have in these pictures. did you do that also and blog about it? (she asks hopefully....) or did your house come with that? i have a perfect spot for that.

  5. Image for Susan Susan

    What a wonderful idea that I will surely create in our next home...a move to North Carolina maybe in our future! Happy Spring, Sis, XOXO

  6. Image for Cheryl in Wisconsin Cheryl in Wisconsin

    "Care free project maker". I love it and I'm going to adopt that title! Until now my method has been described as "The Wail Away Method". I am not known for my patience or attention span, but I love to get things done. (Found you via Red Bird Vintage. This plate rack is adorable.)

  7. Image for Donna Girl Donna Girl

    You tickle my funny bone- great project, awesome sense of humour. Thank goodness for the ability to laugh at ourselves. Trying to look like we have it all together is so...yesterday. Hugs and Happy Easter

  8. Image for Sandra Sandra

    Hi, Your wall is adorable! What color vinyl did you use? It looks like black but I can't be absolutely sure as several of my levels are blocking my view ;-) Thanks so much!

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