Dollar Store Plates become Designer China!

Have you seen the plain white plates and cups and dishes you can buy at the Dollar Store?

 Dollar Store White China made beautiful!  |  fionadebell.com

Dollar Store White China made beautiful!  |  fionadebell.com

I LOVE the plain white china you can buy for very little money - it is pretty, and better than that, if I break it, it isn't the end of the world.

I have also noticed the trend with designers to add gold and silver and copper to dinner wear recently - and I do like a little bling on my table from time to time.

So I was thinking...how do I turn this...

 Plain white Dollar Store China.  |  fionadebell.com

Plain white Dollar Store China.  |  fionadebell.com

Into this...

 Beautiful metallic tableware from  www.allmodern.com   |  fionadebell.com

Beautiful metallic tableware from www.allmodern.com  |  fionadebell.com

I LOVE these designs from All Modern - but at an average of $150 for five pieces it is beyond my budget - and my clumsiness factor!

So instead I thought of a work around!

For the Project you will need:

1. Clean White Crockery - I bought mine from Dollarama

2. Metallic Leaf Sheets & Leaf Size (also called gilding adhesive or glue). I bought mine from Michaels and Amazon.

3. Frog Tape or painters tape

4. A small paintbrush

5. Dishwasher safe Mod Podge

6. A bigger brush for sweeping away the excess

7. A baggie to collect your spare pieces of Leaf (optional)

I would also like to thank the wonderful Anna, Editor of the Toronto Home Show Blog - with whom I collaborated on this post! You can see her version HERE

 Beautifully re-decorated table wear.  |  fionadebell.com

Beautifully re-decorated table wear.  |  fionadebell.com

This is such a simple project, but the results are stunning. And you don't need to stick to china!

 Apply Frog Tape to your china.  |  fionadebell.com

Apply Frog Tape to your china.  |  fionadebell.com

Step 1.

Begin by cleaning the dishes to get rid of any grease. Next take your tape and apply it to create patterns. Triangles, squares, stripes...let your imagination go wild!

 You can gild on glass too.  |  fionadebell.com

You can gild on glass too.  |  fionadebell.com

I also grabbed a $1.50 vase to play with!

 Apply gilding size to your china.  |  fionadebell.com

Apply gilding size to your china.  |  fionadebell.com

Step 2.

Using my paint brush I painted the Gilding Size (sometimes called Gilding Glue or Leaf Size) on the areas I wanted the Copper Leaf to stick.

The tape acts as a resist to the glue.

 Apply glue to the china.  |  fionadebell.com

Apply glue to the china.  |  fionadebell.com

Step 3.

Leave the glue to cure for about 20 minutes (until it is clear and tacky to the touch, not wet). Then drop the copper leaf directly onto the glued areas.

Push the leaf down with a fairly stiff bristled brush.

 Apply Copper Leaf to your china.  |  fionadebell.com

Apply Copper Leaf to your china.  |  fionadebell.com

Step 4.

Remove the tape. You can do this straight away!

 Removing Frog Tape after Copper Leafing China.  |  fionadebell.com

Removing Frog Tape after Copper Leafing China.  |  fionadebell.com

I LOVE the way the copper looks when you remove the tape!

 Copper leaf stripes on white china.  |  fionadebell.com

Copper leaf stripes on white china.  |  fionadebell.com

Next up was my $1.50 glass vase!

 Apply copper leaf to glass.  |  fionadebell.com

Apply copper leaf to glass.  |  fionadebell.com

I did exactly the same thing with my glass vase, but instead of tape I used the brushstrokes as the edge.

 Apply Copper Leaf to a Glass vase for a beautiful finish.  |  fionadebell.com

Apply Copper Leaf to a Glass vase for a beautiful finish.  |  fionadebell.com

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Collect all the leftover bits of leaf to use on other projects.

 Mod Podge with the copper leaf china.  |  fionadebell.com

Mod Podge with the copper leaf china.  |  fionadebell.com

Step 5.

Seal the areas you have used the leaf on with Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge. If you like the finish you can use the mod podge over the entire piece. I still recommend you only hand wash however.

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You can do this look as a one off - create, use, then run the dishes (unsealed) through the dishwasher and you will be back to plain white again!

 Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge.  |  fionadebell.com

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge.  |  fionadebell.com

** INFO **

Do not place the pattern where a knife and fork will be used - the leaf is not food safe and you dont want to damage it!

Admire your work!

 Beautiful white china decorated with copper leaf.  |  fionadebell.com

Beautiful white china decorated with copper leaf.  |  fionadebell.com

What a lovely result if I do say so myself!

 Copper highlighted china.  |  fionadebell.com

Copper highlighted china.  |  fionadebell.com

Let me know if you have a go at this! It is so simple and fun!

Fiona XOXO