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?

Custom Baby Tee

I crafted a custom baby t-shirt for my friend Aaron's baby. His nearly one year old is a size 24 months. I'm pretty sure Benjamin is going to be bigger than me at age 26 when he is age 3.
Aaron loves Tony Chachere's creole spice. Lucky for him, I happened to have some from the time I made veggie jambalaya.

This t-shirt is the most complicated one yet. I plan on making some [simpler] onesies for my Etsy store in the near future. Benjamin is just too much baby for a onesie.

During this adventure, I learned how hard it is to find a plain t-shirt for babies. For unclear reasons, blank shirts are both more expensive and harder to find for babies and toddlers. I had no idea. Baby clothes are such a foreign and tiny world.

We crafted like thugs

and divyed the loot. I had a great time with Sharon at the All Austin All Handmade bash. The event was to promote WonderCraft, a mobile craft studio that offers classes on the craft of crafting. WonderCraft also has a focus on community outreach through crafting.

We ate, we drank (Sweet Leaf Tea), we crafted. Oh yeah, we also posed for pictures. We tried to take a photo booth pics, but the the machine and I disagreed on what exactly is legal tender in the U.S.

Someone remind me to order small bites from Blue Note Bakery. K thx. The pistacho cake, strawberry, and orange ginger cake were all great. Sharon said the mini gourmet s'more was also delicious.