Can I ask you a question?
When do you start feeling like a grown-up?
I’m still waiting.
I have a house and a family and four children and 2 dogs and 3 cats and a family of rabbits and a tortoise and a salamander.
And I still want to watch the Brady Bunch and eat peanut butter on celery sticks and take a nap.
When I was little I couldn’t wait to be a grown-up.
There was this one lady who lived down the block who had the most amazing outfits and wore fake eyelashes with bright blue eye shadow and her dog wore a raincoat and a tiara and she had an entire refrigerator full of nothing but Diet Pepsi.
All she ever drank was Diet Pepsi.
Every time we walked by her house she would be standing in her yard looking like a movie star drinking a Diet Pepsi in short shorts and a tube top as she watered her flowers.
She totally fascinated me.
My mom would never let me wear short shorts or bright blue eye shadow or drink Diet Pepsi…..and we had German Shepherd that never wore a headpiece of any kind.
She was organized and amazing and creative and exhilarating.
And I knew that was exactly the kind of grown-up I was going to be.
Except I’m still not sure I’m really grown up and I never really learned to like short shorts or tube tops or bright blue eye shadow….
…..or Diet Pepsi.
But my almost grown-up self and I love……red lipstick.
And confidence earrings.
And bobby pins.
And a really fun creative plate-wall project.
I’m glad we had this little talk. I’m totally starting to feel more grown-up. Maybe I could even talk the salamander into wearing a crown.
Built-In Plate Rack
30 feet of 1 x 2 basic pine
14 feet of decorative molding
28 feet of screen molding
This is how the plate rack wall started out.
As a wall.
A wall covered in scraps of wallpaper next to a foil chimney and a really cute carpenter.
Those were the days.
Step 2: Here are the dimensions for the plate rack
It’s a basic frame of 1 x 2 built into a spare wall.
edited to add: We built this on top of the wall….not between the studs. Each of the 1 x 2′s were nailed into the surrounding molding.
39 1/2″ wide.
17 1/2″ opening between each shelf.
We just used the dimensions of the wall.
You could make it any size you wanted.
Step 3: Add decorative molding
I wanted this to be a grown-up plate rack.
We added a piece of decorative molding to each of the shelves and left the sides and top plain.
Step 4: Add two rows of screen moldings to hold the plates
I have several large white ware platters that need a little extra support, so we added two rows of screen molding for stability.
You could use decorative molding here, too, if you wanted to dress it up even more.
Here’s the plate rack with all the platters and plates looking a little monochromatic.
Before I made it into a recipe wall.
Before I wore my black fuzzy slippers while making pancakes into letters that spelled out names while drinking orange juice from a crazy straw dancing to “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful.”
After all….isn’t that exactly what grown-ups do?
PS If you want to see how I made the recipe wall (without even using a level) click here.
PPS If you want to see the actual recipe….click here.