Contributed by: Denise of Thrifty by Design and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.
Turning a secondhand find from drab to fab is super easy and low budget when you use Sharpies or paint pens. For example you can create your own one-of-a-kind design on all sorts of ceramic treasures you find at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. From bowls to plates to mugs the possibilities are endless. Why not refashion your own china collection!
- thrifted ceramic find
- oil-based Sharpies or paint pens
- pencil or stencil (optional)
- masking tape (optional)
First step is scoring your secondhand find. You can use a plate, mug or bowl for this DIY. Depending on your style feel free to use something plain or a piece with a pattern on it. Next wash your item. Some DIYs recommend wiping it with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or grease.
For the design you can either freestyle it or sketch out a design with a pencil. You can even use masking tape or a stencil if you prefer. Now you’re ready to start using either your oil-based Sharpie or paint pen. I would recommend adding the paint sparingly. It can get messy and it’s easy to smudge the paint.
Allow to dry. Once dry you can bake your project in the oven to set the paint. Place your project in the over before it heats up and remove it once the over cools in order to avoid any cracks.
Bake your item at 350 degrees for 30 minutes then let cool completely. Once cool you’re restyled project is complete.
Note: hand wash your items to ensure a long life for your design. Also do not use decorated plates for cooking or eating.