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Vintage Tray Wall

It’s back! The tray wall is back up and bigger. There are few things that I like more than a good vintage tray, the illustrations and a bit of rust, I love it all. When I’m out junkin’, I keep my eyes peeled for a tray for my collection.


I started collecting trays over 20 years ago when I was a newlywed. Don and I found the firest few together, we’ve been gifted a few, and many of them have come from Country Living Fairs.  At last count, I have 33 trays.


To hang the trays, I use English Flatiron Discs and traditional plate hangers. I really like the way the trays look with the adhesive Flatiron Disc’s look, but they are tricky to use. If they aren’t lined up perfectly, they will not hang right. They are also a pricier compared to the spring loaded hangers.

To start hanging this gallery wall, I laid out the center section of trays on my dining room table. Once I got that hung, I just played around until I liked it. It was like putting a puzzle together.

Since I live in a 90-year-old home, I have plaster walls, so I need to use panel nails to hang the trays. I have tried using 3M Command Hooks, but they just don’t stick to plaster. In fact, the randomly fall off the wall and scare the silly out of us. Typically in the middle of the night. LOL

Note: We have sheet rock in the studio, the adhesive wall hooks work perfectly there.


At last count, I have 36 trays, I love me some trays!!



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