I prepared a lovely meal for my husband and myself;
Our little menace of a puppy jumped up and swiped a crab cake off my plate;
We enjoyed dessert in our home in the desert, I cleaned up the mess.
I was in the middle of doing the dishes, when I dropped a drinking glass on the stack of plates below. AHH! I was so mad at myself. I have such fumble fingers; I’m always dropping things and falling down. It’s no surprise that I was never a star-athlete.
But back to the story.
The kitchen was clean and I was left with a couple of broken plates. I really liked these plates. And they didn’t shatter either, just one chunk broke off. This made the thought of throwing them away even harder. So then I started thinking… I could just glue them back together! Nah. I didn’t want to eat off gluey plates. THEN I thought, since they broke so nicely, I’ll just take a hammer to the rest of plate and make some wall art! I thought to make it look like two place settings.
So that’s just what I did.
I glued the plate pieces in back into the original shape of the plate, but not too close, so I could achieve a “mosaic” look. But I’d need something to glue the pieces to. I had these beautiful planks of driftwood. I planned out the rest and made a list of the materials I’d need. All that was left was: gorilla glue, nails, a hammer, three scrap pieces of wood(to attach the driftwood together), and some silverware.
I found the silverware the following weekend at local antique store’s parking lot sale. Now, I was all set.
I had to saw the scrap pieces of wood to fit the size of the driftwood. After I figured out how I wanted the wood to face, I flipped the two pieces over and nailed on, the scrap wood. Two vertical and one diagonally across the center for additional support.
I took the pieces from each plate and arranged them back together. That one, it uh… it took me a while. Once that was done, I positioned the dishes on the driftwood and got a-gluing.
*WHEN USING GORILLA GLUE, WEAR GLOVES! JUST MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BOTTLE, THEY MEAN IT.
I waited for the glue to dry and attached the silverware with strong double-sided tape.
Finally, I attached two eye-hole screws and picture-hanging wire to the back of the wood.
And here we are.
It goes beautifully in the dining room or in the kitchen. I love the how the three basic materials create a raw aged look. All in, it only cost me about $15. I’m sure glad I didn’t throw my dishes away.