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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Upcycling Thrift Store Plates

upcycling, thrift store, stoneware, china

I found a couple of small plates at the thrift store for just 29 cents.  I loved their shape and the black edging but they seemed a little plain to hang as is.

That's when I remembered the Pinterest trick for adding designs to plates using a Sharpie.  I love Sharpies.  If you could see my work table, you would see Sharpies in every color.  It's an addiction.

My office (former dining room) has sort of a hunt theme with antlers, dog paintings, and horse sculptures along with vintage map so I thought a fox silhouette would be ideal.  I found a simple pattern online, printed it, and cut out a template.

I traced the outline with a fine tip Sharpie first, then removed the template and filled the rest with a broad tip Sharpie.  The black ink covered well without leaving stroke marks.  Now, according to the pins on using Sharpies on ceramics, you should set the ink by placing the object in the oven.  Since my plates are just for decoration, I skipped this step.  I'm not very good at following instructions.

I did flip the stencil for the second plate.  I wanted the silhouette images to mirror each other.  

I ended up hanging them in the kitchen near my cabinet, another thrift store find that you can read about here.  I think their size fit perfectly above the tole tray and ironstone platter.  

Kind of an eclectic mix I plate, ironstone, architectural print, and tole tray...but I like it.

So, for under a dollar, I have the perfect little additions to my wall.  How about you?  Are you a plate-on-the-wall type person?

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  1. Very pretty plates. I love how unique they are.

  2. What a great idea. It makes me think about doing something like this to some old plates I have. :)


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