DIY Inspiration: Upcycling Thrift Store Dishes

DIY Inspiration: Upcycling Thrift Store Dishes

Adele Peters
Apr 29, 2010

We love the look of vintage dishes that have been screenprinted with new graphics-- what better way to put together a set of dishes than to gather mismatched pieces from a thrift store and unify them with your own design? We've gathered together examples from a few artists, plus suggestions on how to make your own upcycled dishware.

Images above the jump, clockwise:

1. Caroline Till's Reunified Floral Plates are made from secondhand and discarded dishes. She also gets waste materials and factory seconds from local manufacturers in the UK.

2. Dutch designer Esther Derkx prints images of athletes and dancers on floral plates for her Improved! collection.

3. CJ O'Neill adds bright botanical prints to vintage dishes. (She also has another interesting series called "Feeding Desire" that uses waterjet cutting to create new shapes in old dishware).

4. Nina Invorm, from the Netherlands, has a bright and beautiful series of printed secondhand dishes on Etsy.

5. British artist Lou Rota prints photographs of flowers and animals on secondhand plates.

To try printing your own dishware, you can use porcelain paint, applied with silkscreens, brushes, stencils, or stamps. The paint can be baked on in your own oven. The caveat: some foods can react with porcelain paints and cause discoloration, so it may be best to only paint the edges of plates, or the outside of bowls and cups.

Has anyone tried this? Share your tips!

Related Posts:

Inspiration: Mismatched Plates
How To Hang Plates
Etsy Find: Upcycled Vintage Plates by Le Petit Boutique

(Images by Caroline Till, Esther Derkx, CJ O'Neill, Nina Invorm, and Lou Rota)

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