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Painted Porcelain Dishes Idea! Craft, Guest

14 August 2010

The ladies over at Lemon Tree Creations have done it again, and being the DISH FANATIC that I am, when I saw this party link from Patrice (one of the authors over at Lemon Tree) I was IN total awe!  

Well, as you may have noticed from my last few posts I am in fact a redecoratorholic, (as well as perhaps a creator of fabulous new words?) I have only lived in my first home for 2 years now, but have redecorated the living room, master bedroom, guest bedroom and daughter's nursery 3 different times. Well, seeing as how 3 seems to be the lucky number for creating a room I am happy with, I am planning on leaving my dining room as is, (ONCE I finish redecorating it for the, you got it, THIRD time.) Whew. My husband is worn out just thinking about it!

Moving on, my current "dining room overhaul" inspired my most recent project, monogramed place settings. Back around mother's day my husband took me to one of those "create your own pottery" places in town, and I made this:

Which made me of course think I needed another set of plates to match. The only problem was, I didn't want to go back to the pottery place and spend $12 a plate to make them. So, instead I spent $5.00 on this set of plates from TJMaxx...

Followed these easy steps...


Painted (with porcelain marker from local craft store)

Baked (according to paint package directions)

To make this...

It was that simple! And it was so much cheaper than using a paint your own pottery store. It's as easy as picking up a porcelain paint pen at your local craft store! I am intruiged now by all of the things I could do with this idea. Here are some of my favorite ideas for future projects so far...

1)Make for wedding and shower gifts.
2)Monogram bake safe bathroom accessories (soap dish, etc.)
3)Buy cheap dessert plates somewhere and personalize with guests names for dinner parties.
4)Buy pre-glased tiles from hardware store and make a house number plaque.

Hmm, truly the possibilities are endless, and SO much cheaper for all of us on a DIY budget. All together the project cost $9.50 and took about 2 hours prep time, 1 overnight paint drying session, and 25 minutes to bake. Now all YOU have to do is comeback soon to see my dining room before and after. I am in the home stretch, (the fabric for my dining chair redo came in the mail today!)

Okay, isn't that so fun!  I was thinking this would be a great project to use in conjunction dish display something like this.  (Also, the whole finding ugly old second hand pieces to paint and embellish- JUST FOR DISPLAY!)  I love the wedding gift idea!! for sure, what might you use this idea for?


Melissa August 14, 2010 at 5:32 PM  

Truly love this idea, especially for a wedding gift!! Just one question, is the porcelain paint pen food safe? I really, really love this idea, it makes me want to try it just for fun!

Sassy Sites! August 14, 2010 at 6:05 PM  

So cute and it looks like fun too! I might just have to give this a try! ;)

...visiting from Sassy Sites!

The Mac's House August 14, 2010 at 9:11 PM  

We did a plate like this for our granddaughters first birthday party and had everyone sign the back. It is more of a decorative plate but still very special that hopefully she will look back on as a treasure later in life.

Mama Dub August 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

Totally Loving this idea!!!! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to hit up the Dallar Tree and Buy more plates!

Preppy Pink Crocodile August 14, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

Swoon! I have been thinking about doing a similar project and this might be the kick in the tush I need. Are they dishwasher safe?

Michaela Noelle August 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM  

This idea is fantastic! I love it! I love personalizing ordinary objects. Your blog is great (: It's now a daily read for me

Patrice August 16, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

I am beyond excited about this feature. Thank you! I feel honored. (Sorry my response is so late. I've been out of town all weekend and just sat down to my computer. First thing I did was look this up :)

Design Apprentice August 20, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

I feel like an idiot asking this but how in the world do you trace the b onto the plate after you've got a copy of it. I mean how does that transfer do you have a pen that bleeds through onto the plate?

Just Spiff It August 5, 2011 at 5:14 PM  

You are brilliant! I love the plates and want to do the same project - just hope it turns out half as great as yours did!! Thanks so much for sharing your creation!

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