I have a slight addiction to pretty platters (my friend Chris’s fault). I just can’t pass one up—especially if they are on sale. This is why I tend to give alot of the them as gifts—I figure everyone loves a good platter right?!?! So need-less-to-say, I have ended up with many. I love to use them too—but I also wanted a great way to display them. When we moved into our house about 6 (gulp) years ago—the Dining Room was one of the first rooms I wanted to decorate. Everyone sees our dining room if they enter from the front—or from the garage. Maybe that is why I started there.

The following project is one that I came up with and my sweet hubby Bill executed. Now that I have had lessons on the miter saw—I could hopefully do it on my own. But he enjoys that sort of thing; so I would still ask for his help =)
I knew that I wanted a large table (for 10 people) to sit around. So, I knew that I wouldn’t have room for a hutch (I’m not really a “hutch” kind of girl anyway…so that was fine with me )
These ledges I came up with are perfect and allow me to rotate the display of platters. I love that! FYI—these make fabulous picture shelves too!!!

We did 3 ledges that are 36 long by 4 wide. Bill used 3 pieces of 1X4X36 pine. Then we used a molding to trim out the front and side (just 2 miter cuts).

We secured 2 L brackets (marking first on the wall and on the ledge where the studs are) You want to be sure and use a stud—otherwise the platters may fall at your next party—although, that would make it memorable ;) If you don’t have a stud available then use a drywall anchor first.
You will notice I placed my brackets on the top—I didn’t want to see them from the bottom and I knew I could cover up the bracket with a platter!You do what works for you though. Another great application is to use these ledges for picture displays in other rooms!  Including wood, brackets, paint and molding this project was not over $25!

Be inspired to be clever =)
Color on wall is Benjamin Moore: Wythe Blue
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. What a beautiful room and those shelves are so versatile! Great idea! What's the color on the walls?

  2. Love it! I need those to display my work! Love the cameo appearances. =) You are so amazing!!

    I would also love for you to sell your finished products on ETSY for those of us that may not follow through on your many CLEVER ideas!!

  3. Thanks girls! Color on the walls is Wythe Blue by Ben Moore paints.

  4. Beautiful room. Thanks for visiting my blog.:)

  5. Michelle @ Dream Home DIY

    As I was reading I kept thinking "Oh I hope she mentions what color is on these walls". GORG!!!

  6. Simple and easy…and looks fabulous. I need to make some ledges for my photos soon!

  7. I love how clean and organized your dining room looks. The platters look amazing on the wall and they help to give the room some "POP". What color did you paint the walls, it is such a relaxing color!



  8. Hi there! I am your newest follower from the Wednesday linky!!! I love finding new blogs and yours is lovely:) You can find me at http://www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

    WOW this looks great

  9. You are very welcome! Happy to feature it! :)

  10. Jenny @ Simcoe Street

    I love love love this room
    The wall colour is to die for, and I am trying to figure out if I could possibly copy your platter display…

  11. The room is beautiful. Love the platter shelves. Thanks for sharing.

  12. this is a great way to display items! thanks for sharing!

  13. very pretty! both the shelves and your room!

  14. This looks great. I love your wall color!

  15. Great job on the shelves and for putting together such a beautiful room! You must love being in there! Thank you for sharing your post!

    Tracey from


  16. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming

    Tracie your dining room is simply gorgeous! Fabulous idea for the platter shelves. They fill that space perfectly. Such a fantastic space. I featured this on the Sunday Showcase post. Stop by and grab a button if you like. Thanks so much for linking up. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  17. We love this party link and I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it on our blog. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors. If there is any chance that you could post about being featured on Remodelaholic with a link back to your post on our site, we would really appreciate it.

  18. Candace@craftysisters-nc

    Thanks for sharing your "wythe blue" dining room with me! Yours looks fabulous and I love the platter shelves. Did you use Benjamin Moore paint? I was cheap and had Home Depot color match,and they're running a special. :) I thought it dried a bit darker?

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