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Painted Plate – Upcycling Vintage Crockery with a Doily

Painted Plate Using a Paper Doily

In the past I’ve used doilies to stencil a cushion, this time I used them as a stencil to make a painted plate. This was another really quick and simple craft.
I have a thing about miss matched and unusual crockery, I’m always picking up great plates from shops such as Anthropologie. You’ve probably seen my gorgeous Lou Rota Anthropologie plates in my map table mats post. In amongst my random crockery collection are some plain vintage plates that were quite frankly rather boring.
Having revamped my boring cushions with a paper doily stencil I thought why not do the same with my plates. That’s exactly what I did and personally I think its a great improvement.
Upcycle a vintage plate with a doily stencil to make a fabulous painted plate.
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What you need for a doily painted plate

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Upcycled vintage painted plate using a paper doily as a stencil.

  • Plate – You can use any old china plate for this project. Jumble sales, thrift shops, and eBay are a good cheap source for vintage plates.
  • Porcelain paints in colour of your choice. There tends to be 2 types of porcelain paints, bake and no bake. For a bake painted plate you seal the plate by putting it in a hot oven and the paint tends to be more robust than the easy no bake paint. It’s up to you what you choose.
  • Assortment of paper doilies
  • Repositionable spray adhesive
  • Small paint brush

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How to make a Doily painted plate

  1. First make sure your plates are clean and dry. Spray the back of the paper doily with the repositionable spray adhesive and place on the plate where you want the paint.

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  3. Using a small brush, carefully dab the porcelain paint in the holes of your paper doilie. Be careful not to have too much paint on your brush as this may seep under the doily.
    Pimp a vintage plate by using a doily for a great looking painted plate.
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  5. When you have completely finished painting in all the doily holes, carefully lift off your paper doily stencil.
    Painted plate - revamping vintage plates with a bit of doily stenciling.

  7. The final stage depends on what kind of porcelain paint you used. If it is no bake then leave to dry at least for a couple of days before washing and even though it says the paint is dishwasher safe it is only up to 40c. I know most people run their dishwashers on a hot wash so I would wash your plates by hand. However, if you use the bake version of porcelain paint your painted plate will be more robust. Set the baked paint according to the instructions on the paint bottle.
    Painted plate- transform an old plate by painting with a doily stencil.

Make a painted plate with a paper doily.  A great way to upcycle and revamp old crockery.
Make some gorgeous painted plates by stenciling with a paper doily on to old vintage plates.
If you like the stenciled doily look then you might want to check out my post on how to stencil a cushion with a doily.

Upcycled vintage painted plate using a paper doily as a stencil.
Transform some plain pillows & cushions with doilies. Use a paper doily as a stencil to add interest and colour. Full step by step tutorial.



Tuesday 8th of November 2016

I have been wanting to do this! I have tried it with sharpies without much success. I'm so glad you said what paint to get as I had no clue. I too am a huge fan of Lou Rota, but then again how can you not be:-) I have been looking into trying to make plates like hers with animals and creatures. Thanks for the steps!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 9th of November 2016

Thank you ! If you ever workout how to make a plate like Lou Rota I'd love to see it.

Sarah Shelly

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

Isn't the word crockery just so much more fun to use than just saying dishes? I think it may be a new favorite word. Well done! I love this super fun little upcycle.

xoxo, Sarah @ Gypsy Girl Revivals

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

thank you! Yeah I prefer crockery to dishes too.

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Monday 12th of September 2016

These are so pretty & unique! I love the different designs you were able to evoke with the doilies! I chose your plates as my host pick for this week's Merry Monday party. I hope you'll stop by and link up again!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 12th of September 2016

Thank you so much for the feature, they were fun to do.

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