How To: Revamp Tired Dishes

(Images Kathy Phan, Images of Kathy Phan by Tina Phan)

Sometimes I just get tired of the stuff I've used for years. What can I say? I'm bored. These dishes are still perfectly good, no cracks and no real reason to donate. After baking, painted dinnerware is both food safe and dishwasher safe. (Score!) Painted dinnerware makes a good gift or an inexpensive way to freshen up your table. 

Pebeo Porcelaine paint marker(s)
Porcelain dish


1. Wash and dry porcelain dinnerware. You can find some cheap one-offs from a local thrift store or revamp some pieces from your cabinets.

2. Shake Pebeo paint marker well and depress tip several times until it becomes saturated with ink. I used a fine tip Pebeo in black. I bought this one at Michael's Arts and Crafts store. You can find them online with a wider color selection at Dick Blick.


3. Draw. Draw carefully if you want a precise image. Pebeo is not very forgiving. If you're very quick you can wipe off small mistakes with a paper towel. I actually like how my drawings are imperfect.

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4. Let ink dry for 24 hours. 


5. Turn on oven to 300°F (according to my conversion, technically it should be 302°F, the marker's instructions say 150°C).

6. Bake for 35 minutes.


7. Remove and cool on rack.



Ready for tortilla chips. This is Texas, after all.

How are you going to freshen up your dishware?