Thursday, August 5, 2010

Monogram Table Setting and Other Ideas

Well, as you may have noticed from my last few posts I am in fact a redecoratorholic, (as well as perhaps a creator of fabulous new words?) I have only lived in my first home for 2 years now, but have redecorated the living room, master bedroom, guest bedroom and daughter's nursery 3 different times. Well, seeing as how 3 seems to be the lucky number for creating a room I am happy with, I am planning on leaving my dining room as is, (ONCE I finish redecorating it for the, you got it, THIRD time.) Whew. My husband is worn out just thinking about it!

Moving on, my current "dining room overhaul" inspired my most recent project, monogramed place settings. Back around mother's day my husband took me to one of those "create your own pottery" places in town, and I made this:

Which made me of course think I needed another set of plates to match. The only problem was, I didn't want to go back to the pottery place and spend $12 a plate to make them. So, instead I spent $5.00 on this set of plates from TJMaxx...

Followed these easy steps...


Painted (with porcelain marker from local craft store)

Baked (according to paint package directions)

To make this...

It was that simple! And it was so much cheaper than using a paint your own pottery store. It's as easy as picking up a porcelain paint pen at your local craft store! I am intruiged now by all of the things I could do with this idea. Here are some of my favorite ideas for future projects so far...

1)Make for wedding and shower gifts.
2)Monogram bake safe bathroom accessories (soap dish, etc.)
3)Buy cheap dessert plates somewhere and personalize with guests names for dinner parties.
4)Buy pre-glased tiles from hardware store and make a house number plaque.

Hmm, truly the possibilities are endless, and SO much cheaper for all of us on a DIY budget. All together the project cost $9.50 and took about 2 hours prep time, 1 overnight paint drying session, and 25 minutes to bake. Now all YOU have to do is comeback soon to see my dining room before and after. I am in the home stretch, (the fabric for my dining chair redo came in the mail today!)

I'll be linking to these parties this week. Stop by and join me!


Coleen's Corner August 5, 2010 at 6:16 AM  

Wonderful idea! I can see where this can be a great outlet for numerous projects. Thanks so much for sharing!

sherri August 5, 2010 at 7:06 AM  

Patrice, I **love** your table. Is this something you purchased or did you make it? This is exactly what I'm looking for on CL and cannot seem to source.

Jessica August 5, 2010 at 7:24 AM  

Patrice, these are so elegant with the chargers underneath. Of course I love the monogram ideas with the multiple fonts. I think this would be great for any occasion! Thanks for sharing.

Erin A August 5, 2010 at 7:44 AM  

These are adorable, and that table is incredible!! It looks like you've finally found the perfect spot for your hanging windows, it looks so great! Can't wait to see your chair makeover!

Kristi August 5, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

Love this project!! I am going to bookmark it as a wedding gift idea!!

the thrifty ba August 5, 2010 at 8:10 AM  

i have NO IDEA you could do that to plates!

Lisa August 5, 2010 at 8:10 AM  

I think that would make a really cute plate wall grouping if you got tired of having them as your place settings :)

Maria Babin August 5, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

LOVE that table! love it love it! and your frames look so good in your dining room and i also love your chandy! the plates are a fabulous idea!

OhioFamOf4 August 5, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

Love this idea! How do you know if you can put your plates in the oven or not?

Unknown August 5, 2010 at 10:27 AM  

I've been redecorating too. There are just so many styles that I like. ha ha

Your plates turned out really well! Back in Jan, I decided to switch to all white dishes and I bought a 65 piece set of white dishes from TJ Maxx. I'm thinking I could experiment on a few of the 10 dessert plates that came with it.

Debbie August 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

I never knew there was a pen out there like that. I can see another visit to the craft store coming very soon!! I wish I was "in the home stretch" with my redo. Doing my entire downstairs all at one time (am I crazy or what?). Everyone was giving me a hard time because I just redid the family room a couple of years ago... give me a break! I was ready for the redo a year ago!!! LOL Good luck on getting everything completed.

Nikki August 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM  

Love the plates -- they're beautiful -- but SERIOUSLY, that table is what made me gasp. And the hanging windows. I have dining room envy....

Meghan August 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

Would love to know where you got or how you made that table. LOVE it!

Sarah August 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Unknown August 5, 2010 at 3:05 PM  

ummm, yes please!! I love this idea!!! simple, wonderful, simply wonderful ;)

nanasewn August 5, 2010 at 5:09 PM  

Is the porcelain and ceramic pen the same? I tried this last year with "porcelaine" brand, which are about $8 a pen and they went dry very quickly. Are yours different? Thank you

Amy Kinser August 5, 2010 at 9:19 PM  

You did a great job! I need one of those pens.

Lisa August 6, 2010 at 8:00 AM  

This is adorable! What a great idea! I would never think of doing this myself!

Kristen Andrews August 6, 2010 at 8:00 AM  

I did a plate like this when my son was born w/ his birthday on it

The Quilt Ladies August 6, 2010 at 8:41 AM  

Well, I've found my extra gift for the Grands this year, I LOVE THIS, Thank you !

Restorative Living August 6, 2010 at 9:10 AM  

How cute is this!?! Love it. I just saw your links on the left and went through them going, "Oh, I need to look at that one, oh, wait, that one too..." I'm adding you to my RSS feed!

Unknown August 6, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

This is such a cute idea! I would have never thought of this! Thanks for sharing.

Tiffany August 6, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

Genius. LOVE this idea, Patrice. Seriously wonderful. I am totally drooling over your table. I want it! : ) The table setting just looks fantastic on it! Beautiful job!

Kate @ The Gaines Gang August 6, 2010 at 3:36 PM  

Genius...just genius!!! Can't wait to make a few for Christmas gifts!

Kimmy August 6, 2010 at 4:20 PM  

So cute! I love this idea so much I may just have to do it for myself!!!

Chana@ Mamma Town August 6, 2010 at 9:25 PM  

Oh my cuteness! This is such an amazing idea! Can't wait for this fall to begin this project for all of my Christmas gifts this year!!! Thanks for such an amazing inspiring idea chica:) Happy to have found such a cool crafty blog!

Sue August 6, 2010 at 11:04 PM  

This is absolutely fabulous! I think even I can do it! I love how each font is different, and I love our window pane decor!

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Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas August 7, 2010 at 10:28 AM  

Oh, I love the plates!
They really came out nice!
Thank you for sharing!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards August 7, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

This is such a fun idea. You've inspired me to try it out.

Louley's Belles August 7, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

That is just too cool! Who knew that would be so easy. gonn have to try that out!

Foundinthe-ALI August 7, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

I love this!! I have a huge stack of white plates and bowls. I will be personalizing all of it this week :)

Im a new follower! I can't wait to see all of your projects.

Dianna August 7, 2010 at 9:37 PM  

Thanks for the tip! I never heard of porcelain markers. I have painted with glass paint, but the markers sound a lot easier.

Unknown August 7, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

oh. I love this.

It's so refreshing to see a project like this that can be done without the use of a cricut! Love this idea, will definitely be taking it on, thanks for sharing.

-Ann Marie

Becca Ross August 7, 2010 at 11:35 PM  

Such a great idea. Thanks for linking up.


Funky Junk Interiors August 7, 2010 at 11:42 PM  

What a sweet idea! Your black and white on weathered wood is absolutely luscious!


All That Glitters August 8, 2010 at 1:29 AM  

I love them!!! you did great!!!


Erica August 8, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

I love this idea! I was going to try it out, but I can't find the porcelain marker anywhere - could you give me a brand name or a store that you found it??? Thanks!!!

Stefanie August 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM  

LOVE this! But I am completely head over heals in love with your table. I need more info! Did you make it? buy it? MUST KNOW! :)

Jamielyn August 8, 2010 at 5:26 PM  

Love this idea! you girls are always so creative!


Sarah@AlpinePoppy August 8, 2010 at 11:17 PM  

Oh my WOW! I love, love, love these. And not just because they are fantastic, but my last name starts with a "b" and I have been looking at some monogrammed dishes, you know just for dessert or something special, but now I will make them!! That is ten times better, thanks they are awesome!

Sweet Bee Cottage August 9, 2010 at 12:19 AM  

Great idea! I am definitely thinking about all the possibilities.

Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) August 9, 2010 at 7:26 AM  

These are so cute - what a great idea!

Jenn Erickson August 9, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

Patrice, wow! Those are beautiful! So creative, clever, simple, and wonderful! I love making custom dishware, and the Porcelain paint pen is a totally new tool to me. I can't wait to pick up a few and start creating! So glad I hopped over from The Girl Creative!

Annie's Online Store August 9, 2010 at 2:49 PM  

they are so beautiful, absolutely a work of genuis, you can buy some of these plates to monogram with your family name, check them out at Annie's

One Cheap B*tch August 9, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

Your table looks just lovely now! Great shot!


Debbie Corbari August 10, 2010 at 1:18 PM  

WOW! This has just knocked my socks off!! I have to do this! What an inspiration...YOU ROCK!

michelle@everyday celebrating August 10, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

i love this! plan on featuring you on my blog!

Sassy Sites! August 10, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

Love this idea!! And I LOVE your table!! :) Visiting from Sassy Sites!

Melissa Marro August 11, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

One of our members mentioned this amazing idea in her blog on our website ( and I wanted to come and check it out... what a great blog!

This is a great table setting idea. Thanks for the how-to!

Remodelaholic August 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM  

Patrice this is such an amazing Idea, thanks for linking up to the party. i wanted to let you know we are planning on featuring it (this Saturday @ 12:00). We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors."to the party!

Emily @ Finding My Aloha August 13, 2010 at 3:10 AM  

I love this! I remember always wishing to do this when I was little. I would take old plates and paint them with my nail polish...disclaimer: I was 8! And no, I didnt eat off them! ;)

Jessica August 19, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

I love these and would really enjoy doing some of my own... Did you actually eat off of those plates after using the marker on them? I've read you don't after using enamel paint on dishes.. would this be the same??

Coley August 23, 2010 at 3:34 AM  

Cute and neat and such a great idea for gifts! One question - are the plates till safe to eat on?

Patrice August 23, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

For those asking, there is mixed review about the product being food safe. The company itself claims it is food safe, and I know it is dishwasher safe. In the end, you have to make the decision that is best for you! Sorry if that is vague!

Jennifer August 27, 2010 at 1:57 PM  

I l.o.v.e this so much, I'm gonna put it to work for myself!!

I am writing a post about some dishes I am making and wanted to let you know I am linking this back to you!! Thanks so much for the GREAT idea and tutorial.

Rachel September 7, 2010 at 5:35 PM  

Like one of the other commenters I tried this with the Porcelain brand and it tried out WAY fast! I couldn't believe it. What brand did you use? It's such a cute idea, I'd love to be able to use this and hope that I can find something that works.

Mrs. Brittany October 9, 2010 at 9:30 PM  

Oh my gosh! I just found this blog...just a few minutes ago, and I don't think I could love it any more than I do!! :) nice job!!!

kaja October 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

Love this and can't wait to try it. What exactly are you using to transfer the stencil to the plate? I am new to this and I just can't figure out that part! A supplies list would be nice if anyone has an idea!

Libier November 27, 2010 at 1:40 AM  

Can it be removed? I'd like to make something similar, and them remove it and redo it again. For instance, make a Christmas image and later take it off and make something for my children party...

Kellie February 21, 2012 at 9:00 PM  


Kathleen February 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM  

Thanks so much for this WONDERFUL project! It's all over pinterest now!! Whohoooo! I LOVE it--thanks again for sharing!

Anonymous February 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM  

Just found this on Pinterest and had to try it. I did one already with a stencil using a different brand pen than you (the one that dries too quickly, egh). I traced the letter onto paper, used an exacto knife to cut it out, and taped the stencil to the plate, but I still didn't get perfect edges. I ended up using a mechanical pencil with the lead retracted to cut in on the edges. I'd so much rather do this freehand. Maybe it's the pen. But how on earth did you trace the letter onto the plate? Thanks!

Rachelle February 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM  

I was wondering the same thing as Cristina. How did you trace? also about the table...I also wanted to know about your table. I think I have an idea how you did it just looking at it, but if you have pointers it would be fantastic to hear them :)

Erica March 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM  

I found this on Pinterest and LOVE the idea. Do you know if it can be done on colored plates as well? I don't know of the enamel on the plate already would conflict with the porcelain marker. And you have to make sure the plates are "oven safe" right? I love this idea, thanks for sharing!

gena March 11, 2012 at 8:54 PM  

Love the idea! When you say trace, I don't quite understand. How do I get it on the plate?

gena March 11, 2012 at 8:55 PM  

Yes, love the idea!! What is the best way to trace it on to the plate?

Andrea March 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM  

I found this on pinterest and love this idea. I am going to give a try. LOVE your blog and am now following you. When you have a chance check me out at Quest for Delish.

Micaela L. Hess April 27, 2012 at 8:08 PM  

Awesome--thanks for sharing! I am kind of a novice though. How do you trace the letters from the paper onto the plates?

Spanish Pinay May 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM  

oh, this is such a great idea! I've seen one of the pens like this in one of the local stores here. This can really be a great personalized gift :)

Spanish Pinay

Nicole May 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM  

Love the idea! How have they held up?

Buckeye Mommy June 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM  

These are awesome!!! They turned out so nice.

Leia June 6, 2012 at 9:05 AM  

Love the idea but instead of porcelain pens would sharpies work??

Anonymous July 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM  

Great idea!!! How did you trace the letters on to the plate?? I would love to do this with my kids!!

Unknown September 18, 2012 at 9:49 AM  

Love these i just made mine.. Was just curious on what kind of paint you used?

Rina November 15, 2012 at 10:30 PM  

Love them!! One question though - does the paint have to be food safe?? Is it ok to actually eat off them?

Liz December 16, 2012 at 4:32 AM  

Hello! This is a wonderful tutorial! Thanks for posting.

Could you tell us the name of the Porcelain Pen you used? Also, are your plates now dishwasher safe?

Thanks! Have a great week.

DeeDee April 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM  


I just found this awesome project you did. May I ask how you got the "b" from the stencil onto the plate? Did you use carbon paper or something? Thx! Dee

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