Brown and White Transferware Plate Wall

We’re sharing how to create a brown and white transferware plate wall today!

If you had a chance to read our European Oak Inspired Mirror post, you already know after months of feeling stuck on how to refresh our Jack and Jill bathroom, I finally started working on it again.

One of my biggest hang-ups when we first started this project was not being able to find the right wall art. I know it probably sounds crazy to even admit that because there are a million different options out there, but it has stumped me for months.

After several attempts of shopping the house, I ultimately landed on this framed bunny print.

She’s super cute.

But every time I walked into the bathroom, things felt kind of off and out of place.

I recently went through the dishes in our dish pantry to reorganize and donate the pieces we were no longer using when it dawned on me I had never tried brown and white transferware plates in lieu of wall art.

Armed with dinner and bread plates from one of my all-time favorite patterns called, “Royal Mail”, I set about creating a brown and white transferware plate wall.

It was much easier than I anticipated and took less than an hour to complete!

Here’s a look at how to create a brown and white transferware plate wall in case you want to try one in your home too…

Brown and White Transferware Plate Wall Supplies:

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  • Brown and White Transferware Plates (similar here, you can mix and match your patterns adding lots of shapes and sizes or keep it simple like we did)
  • Plate Hooks or Discs (we used plate hooks, but I know some people prefer to use plate discs)
  • Picture Hanging Kit
  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Brown Kraft Paper (we used leftover wrapping paper)
  • Pen or Marker
  • Scissors
  • Painters Tape
  • DAP Nail Hole Filler (I always have this on hand in case I mess up and have to move a plate or a picture)

Brown and White Transferware Plate Wall Steps:

Gather your supplies.

Make sure you have enough plate hooks or discs for each brown and white transferware plate you plan to use.

Lay your plates out on the floor. This will help you figure out the shape and pattern you want your plates to be arranged on the wall.

Next, lay your plate or platter on top of the brown kraft face down.

Use a pen to outline the brown and white transferware plate. 

Then using caution and care as scissors will be sharp, cut around the marker outline. You should be left with the shape of your plate or platter.

You’ll want to do this for each piece you plan to put on your brown and white transferware plate wall.

Next, tape the paper cutouts to the wall until you’ve recreated your preferred design.

Add the plate hangers to your brown and white transferware plates, making sure they’re secure.

Then using caution and care, hang the plates on the wall using picture hanger hooks, nails, and a hammer.

Step back and enjoy! 

Brown and White Transferware Plate Wall-The Crowned Goat

It’s hard to believe after months of feeling stuck the bathroom refresh is well on its way to being finished.

I still need to find something to go above the toilet in the water closet. I’m also hoping we’ll be able to frame out the window and hang the curtains this weekend.

How to Create a Brown and White Transferware Plate Wall-The Crowned Goat

The shower curtain I bought last May for the makeover is a pretty paisley print. But with the buffalo check curtains, the print from the brown and white transferware plate wall, and the texture from the rug, it’s starting to feel “busy” like there are too many prints in the room now.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Let us know if you’ve ever tried to create a brown and white transferware plate wall! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Hi CoCo! I think we have the same taste when it comes to vintage dishes! I just started to collect Ironstone and after that, I would love to collect brown transferware! I think it is so beautiful and unique! So, needless to say, I think your wall looks fabulous!! I saw some beautiful brown transferware pieces at Renninger’s last weekend but, the budget won’t allow for that now!! Have a great week! Donna

    1. Vintage dishes are always so much fun to collect, Donna! Sometimes you can find creamer, sugar bowls, platters, plates, and gravy boat ironstone pieces at thrift stores and charity shops so don’t forget to look there too. I’m not sure if you went inside Renningers or not but on aisle D by Mandy’s Grub Hub, Peggy has some stunning pieces of brown and white transferware. Sometimes she has it at 50% off which helps as well. On a side note, if you find a special piece you love, scoop it up. They’re getting harder and harder to find! Sending you hugs, CoCo

  2. You had me at brown and white transferware. It is my dream to some day have a whole dinner set of this transferware. For now I have white and blue, and love it too. Love the idea of using cardboard to play with the placement.

    1. Using the cutouts to help with the plate placements helps so much, Angie! My Mom collects the blue and white and it is so pretty too. I have no idea why but the brown and white gets harder and harder to find every year so if you see a piece you love, definitely scoop it up! Happy shopping, CoCo

  3. I love transferware of all colors, but my daughters seem to have conned me out of the brown and white pieces. that I hadn’t sold. Love your wall. xo Laura

    1. The brown and white transferware is really hard to find here now so I don’t blame them at all. It’s like looking for unicorns sometimes which is probably what keeps me on the hunt 🤣 Hope you have the best day, CoCo

  4. It’s beautiful, CoCo! I LOVE the floral brown and white transferware. I have one plate that I found last fall at the thrift store…I think it was 50 cents!! I LOVE how you chose to use plates in a bathroom…that’s so creative and unique!! I think the paisley print looks beautiful with them too. Much love to you!

    1. That is such a great score, Rachel! Finding deals like that is what keeps me on the treasure trail. You just never know what you’re going to come across at any given time. Hope you find some goodies this week too – fingers crossed I’ll be able to finish up the bathroom, Big hugs, CoCo

    1. They are so easy to put together, Sue, you will love the way it looks! Hope you have the best week and can’t wait to see how your plate wall comes together, CoCo

  5. Elizabeth@pineconesandacorns says:

    I love transfer ware! Brown and white is one of my favorites. You wall and bath look amazing.

    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth, I really appreciate it! Hope your day is a special one, CoCo

  6. oh, you KNOW how much I love this!! Brown transferware is my fave collection I think. Something I use all through the year!! The Bunny print is so adorable!

    1. Thank you bunches, Debra! You always have the best collections and I learn so much from the way you style and arrange things. Brown and white transferware is definitely getting harder to find down here but that’s what keeps me on the hunt. Hope you find some special pieces soon too. It’s so nice to be able to get out and about again. Hugs, CoCo

  7. My mom has a whole set of that brown transferware! That pattern is so lovely! Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Turn About CoCo!

    1. It’s so exciting we’re transferware twinsies! I try to stick with the patterns I’ve already started collecting but it’s getting so hard to find down here now I’ve started picking up other pieces here and there. It never hurts and you never know when you’re going to come across it again either. Happy hunting with your Mom, CoCo

  8. I recently began collection brown and white transferware, and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to create a plate wreath/wall. You’ve inspired me! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. I love those, Kathleen! It would look so good in your home too. I say go for it! Brown and white transferware pieces are not always easy to find but they are so much fun to collect. Hope you find lots of amazing pieces for your wreath wall. Hugs, CoCo

  9. Such a wonderful way to display your gorgeous transferware! I have a few pieces of blue and white that my mother gave me years ago, but I really should look into finding more of the collection. P.S. Your guest bathroom is shaping up to be such a lovely space. Your guests won’t want to leave! LOL!

    1. You’re so sweet, Christine, thank you! I’m thankful to feel motivated to finish the bathroom again. 8 months is like 7 months too long to stay stuck 😂 You should totally look into collecting more transferware. My Mom collects the blue and white too and it’s such a beautiful and classic combination. Affordable transferware pieces are getting harder and harder to find down here so you might want to scoop them up whenever you see them. Big hugs and happy shopping, CoCo

  10. CoCo, I love brown and white transferware too. Your plate wall turned out beautiful. My grandmother left me her brown and white transferware. I have been adding to it ever since.

    1. That is so cool you have your grandmother’s transferware set, Tammy! It’s super easy to decorate with and we eat off our plates all the time. It’s getting really hard to find brown and white transferware down here so I’m always tickled pink when I come across a piece that is affordable to add to my collection. Hope you have the best day, CoCo

  11. This inspires me so much CoCo! I’m excited to share your post with my followers today in my weekend round up post, From My Neck of the Woods.

    1. That is so sweet of you, Kristin, thank you so much. I really appreciate it, you totally made my day! Hope your week is filled with all good things, CoCo

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