Thursday, January 24, 2013

DIY Monogram Plate

I bought this little plate about six years ago at Home Goods when Scott and I were living in a small city apartment.  I think I had it propped on the mantle there but, honestly, I can't even remember for sure.  It's never had a permanent home since we bought our house and had been unceremoniously stuffed into a cabinet for storage for a while.  I pulled it out recently to act as a catch-all bowl on our hall table where Scott could toss his wallet and phone when he walked in the door.  It functioned perfectly but I wasn't loving the look.

Just kind of dark and dull, right?  I love the antique-gold carved handles and gold etched rim but felt like those details just got lost in the busy-ness of the pattern.

A few coats of paint later this homely plate went from dark and drab to light and lovely!

I primed the surface first with some leftover latex primer I had on hand, then used a foam brush (I found a bristle brush left too many brush marks) to carefully paint several coats of Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Summer Linen (from Michaels).  I was very careful to avoid the gold rim and also checked after each coat to make sure I had smoothed out any raised ridges of paint.  I should have kept count, but I think it took four coats to fully cover the pattern underneath.  I let each coat dry a couple hours to overnight before adding another.

After the paint had dried I used a silkscreen stencil (also Martha Stewart from Michaels) to stencil the "B" on the plate with the same paint in Yellow Gold.  When that had dried to the touch, I stenciled the dotted circle around it.

I let everything dry again overnight, then sprayed Rustoleum Clear Coat over the entire plate to seal and protect the paint and give everything a nice glossy finish.

I love how the soft white makes the gold detail stand out so much more than it did before.

It's still the perfect catch-all on our hall table but I really love the look of it now too.

I love repurposing forgotten items and breathing new life into them.  Have you done any little makeovers lately?

Linking to Saavy Southern Style, I Heart Naptime, The Shabby Nest, Liz Marie Blog, Crafty Scrappy Happy.


  1. this looks great! love the monogram and the white and gold combo! very pretty

  2. Just lovely!! Such an elegant and classic piece you made.

  3. I love how it turned out! I just bought a plate yesterday to do this with but wasn't sure what paint to use. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  4. what a beautiful little tray! love that you painted it.....never thought about doing that now I have to try it! Stop by ans say hello sometime

  5. Super duper creative idea Jennifer. It really made that plate such a classy piece. I would of never thought of that. Love it!

  6. We are featuring TWO of your projects at the Inspiration Gallery Features today! You are SO darn talented, you really really inspire me!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  7. Well done. Beautiful execution! If you ever need a monogram decal to adorn some of your creations, I make them from 1" to 2 feet wide. They can adorn martini glasses, iPhones,decorative plates, trunks, even walls! Let me know if you'd ever like to use one in a tutorial!

  8. It looks so much better....I can't even believe it's the same plate!



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