Hand Painted Dinnerware

Amanda C, Hometalk Team
by Amanda C, Hometalk Team
9 Materials
4 Hours
Who doesn't love some custom dinnerware? Picking the right plates can be tricky and super pricey, so here is a great way to make exactly what you are looking for at a cheaper cost! This painted dinnerware set is super customizable and can be made to match your style! (makes a great holiday gift too) I picked up an 18 piece dinnerware set at Ikea for $20 and a clearanced out cutlery set, some porcelain paint and got to painting!
I can't wait to paint all the other plates from this set! I love the metallic touches!
Ok so I have to be honest that blue was supposed to be a much darker color so it would be more fitting for the holidays, but eh what ya gonna do?... It does look a bit summery by the pumpkins though

SUPPLIES: -White Dinnerware -Silver Cutlery -Gold Spray Paint -Matte Spray Enamel (not pictured in supplies, see in step 1) -Pebeo Porcelain 150 paints (in the colors of your choice) -Pebeo Porcelain 150 Thinner -Tape -Paintbrushes -Sharpie (optional)
STEP 1: Alright alright so this is sort of a two for one tutorial. Cutlery and dinnerware! If you are wanting to fancy up your cutlery it's an easy 3 step Process! First you need to tape the tops of the cutlery so that they don't get paint on them. The paint should NOT touch any part that will touch your mouth. Second simply spray paint the exposed part of the cutlery with the color of your choice. (I didn't end up keeping the small stripes even though I liked them because they were causing issues, but a sold stem looks great too! Third you will need to seal in the paint with an enamel spray paint. Once they are dry simply remove the tape and you are done!
STEP 2: Now onto the plates! First mix up some porcelain paint to achieve the colors of your choice. Mix in some thinner so the paint doesn't chunk up on the plate, but glides smoothly.
STEP 3: There are a million ways you can paint your plates! For my smaller plates I decided to just wing it and do a sort of random stroke design. (I hate matching plates so for the rest of the set I am sure I will make tons of different designs, but I went a bit abstract for this one)
STEP 4: If you want to add some metallic details grab a smaller brush and add them in.
STEP 5: For the larger plate I wanted to just cover the trim so that when the smaller plate is sitting on top of it it compliments. If you don't want to free hand a design tape is the way to go! I taped the edges and then painted within the lines. I decided to get fancy and go with a gilded looking edge and opted for a metallic paint.
STEP 6: Take all your painted dinnerware once you are happy with the design and bake them for 20 minutes at 200°. Be sure to allow them to cool with the oven rather than taking them out right away to avoid cracking. When you bake the dinnerware it will set the paint and allow it to be washable and non-toxic. If you are concerned about food safety here is a great article on Pebeo paints, if you still aren't convinced there are also painted by me markers that are a great option: http://migration.bigcartel.com/important-ceramics-info
If you aren't wanting or needing a full dinnerware set you can also pick up individual plates from the dollar store sometimes. I went there first, but only found some very small white plates so I went with this set instead, but at $20 for 18 pieces it was almost the same price as if I had stocked up at the dollar store!
I have so much paint left over that I think I might have to do some plates as Christmas gifts! Maybe even paint some portraits or someone's favorite flowers?
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  • Rtb31405789 Rtb31405789 on Dec 16, 2017

    Hi. Can you use acrylic paints?

  • 1PastaLady 1PastaLady on Dec 18, 2018

    I think this such a unique idea, I Love It! I've been trying to find a 16 set of dishes but the designs out there are bland or just the same oh same. I just can't find anything. If I can they are WAY OUT OF MY POCKET RANGE!!! I want something different. I used to paint a lot when I was younger but I have MS now and it comes with tremors, I'm not sure if I can paint again. I guess it scares me. I was very meticulous when I painted my pictures, but now with the trimmers I'm not too sure what will come out. Can't hold a brush without it shaking like crazy! I look like someone that has drank seven of those power drinks. "Good Grief!" It would blow up your heart, so don't try it!    I can't even drink one of them, too sugary/salty.  They are gross, I tried one at one time! YUCK! Back to the dishes, I love the bowels! Can you tell me how you did them? Size of brush, color. Thank you for sharing your idea & talent what us! If you could please answer my questions it would be greatly appreciated.

    Luchiey (Lū-chēâ)

  • Lena Lena on Feb 08, 2019

    Hi is it safe to put food in it?

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