Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Omaha.com
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By Theresa Berens
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
Looking to add some life to the sea of plain white porcelain in your kitchen cabinets? Designing your own dinnerware is an easy way to add some personality to plain plates and mugs and makes a great personalized gift for the stylish foodies in your life.
Finished porcelain dinnerware*
Optional, depending on your design: Painter’s tape, toothpick, foam paint brush, liner paint brush, porcelain paint marker, porcelain chalkboard paint
Wash your dinnerware and remove any adhesive tags before starting.
Plan your design — the options are endless.
Geometric chalkboard dinnerware: To create the chalkboard mug and bowl (pictured), place angled pieces of tape on the dinnerware and burnish the edges with your fingernail or bone folder. Using porcelain chalkboard paint (not regular chalkboard paint), paint below the tape line using a foam brush. Allow to dry before applying a second coat. When the second coat is nearly dry, slowly peel back the painter’s tape at a 45-degree angle. If any paint has seeped below the tape, use a fingernail or toothpick to straighten the line.
Patterned and iconographic dinnerware: Lightly sketch a design on your dinnerware using a No. 2 or 2H pencil. Chevrons, polka dots and arrows are just a few simple, trendy options. Or, go with an icon: There’s the ever-popular moustache, typographic symbols such as ampersands and asterisks or, if you’re feeling ambitious, a silhouette of a favorite animal. Then, using a liner brush dipped in porcelain paint or a porcelain paint marker, fill in your design. Allow to dry between coats.
If you are uncomfortable drawing the designs for your dinnerware on your own, you can use stencils found at most craft stores. But stay away from stencils with adhesive backing, which tend to pull the porcelain paint away from the dinnerware when you remove it.
Allow your dinnerware to dry for 24 hours.
Follow the instructions for baking included on your porcelain paint. Pebeo Porcelaine 150, the brand we used, recommends baking for 30 minutes in a 300-degree oven. Allow dinnerware to cool in the oven before removing.
Your completed dinnerware is dishwasher-friendly, but avoid placing food on top of the painted portion.
* Solid colors work best. You can find inexpensive mugs and plates at dollar stores or thrift shops.
Difficulty: 3 out of 4
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