Spray Paint Thrift Store Dishes

I LOVE white dishes.  I love their simplicity and how they brighten up any space.

I am obsessed with this Martha Stewart photo:

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Decor dishes can be expensive, but there is an inexpensive and easy DIY solution which includes (glossy) white spray paint and some thrift store (or garage sales) finds.

I found my dishes at a local Goodwill.  Look past the color and design and focus on the shape of the pieces.

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I used glossy white Rust-Oleum spray paint and sprayed the pieces with three coats of paint.  It is important to do several light coats verses one heavy coat (let each coat dry before applying the next).  It WILL drip if you’re not careful!

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I now have a hutch full of pretty white dishes for next to nothing.

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I love using the vases for floral arrangements.

If you want to take this DIY to the next level and get a little more creative, you can glue dishes together.  I have made several pedestal stands for decor pieces.  All you need is a plate and a candlestick holder (ice-cream dishes can also work).

Glue the pieces together using a strong ceramic adhesive and allow it to completely dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Once the glue is dry, spray paint the entire piece (keeping in mind less is more – several thin coats of paint is best).

The result is beautiful!

Here is another before:

And after:

These DIY spray painted dishes are perfect for home decor accent pieces.  These apples are not real – you do not want to use these spray painted dishes for food.

I use these little pedestal stands all over my home.

They even work in the bathroom.

Now, I may not be able to “use” my dishes (again, these are for DECOR purpose only), but they sure do dress up my home!

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    • Hi Carla! No, these are not safe to serve food – I mentioned at the end of the post that these are for decor use only. However, I know there are paints that are food save. They do require being “set” in the oven first. I’ll have to test these out and share in a future post…

  1. I’m a spray paint junkie too. When spray painting what type of covering do you use underneath your object to be painted ? Do you turn your object upside down to paint it ?

    • Hi Violet’s Cottage! In this case (with the old dishes), I did not use a primer. I bought the “paint and primer in one” spray paint, and it really has held up well. I flip my objects with each coat. Light coats are the trick – and I typically start with the object right side up. Once in dries, I flip it upside down and give it another (light) coat. I just repeat this process until the object has a nice paint coat. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Great post and I love the how-to info. I would only add to make sure that your thrift store finds are actually worthless before painting. I’d hate to see a Roseville pot worth $1600 turned worthless by painting it. (I saw a Roseville on Antiques Roadshow and then that day found one at Goodwill, but mine was only worth $60). Quite often I’ve seen on Flea Market Flip where they plan to paint over a piece of furniture and the host shows them how much more it’s worth in it’s current condition. Check before you wreck

    • You’re right, Dave! That would definitely be a tragedy! Painting is a great thing when it’s used on (worthless) pieces that would otherwise be thrown to the curb. It’s always good to do your research before you pull out the paint! Thanks for you comment.

  3. Love this idea. I’ve tried other spray paints and the paint chipped so I will definitely buy the Rustoleum brand. I love white dishes too. Yours look fantastic!!

  4. Great post! Although I noticed you wouldn’t be able to serve food in it. Do you think it would be safe if just the outside is repainted? I found a white gravy dish with hideous printing on the side that I just want to cover up so the whole thing is white.

    Thanks, and LOVE your site!

    • Hi Samantha! I hate to tell you yes if there is something toxic in the paint, but I can tell you that you can buy ceramic paint. I haven’t tried any yet, but it’s completely safe for eating. You do have to bake the piece in your oven (just like you would in a kiln) to set the paint. Good luck and thanks for the comment!

  5. This frightens me because I buy a lot of dishes at thrift stores for everyday use. How can I tell if one is painted like yours and not food safe.

    • Hi Joyce. I really don’t think you need to worry about this. I’m guessing very few people paint their dishes like I did. But if a dish was spray painted, it would be fairly easy to tell that it was done. It’s almost impossible not to have a few drips here and there. So, no worries!

  6. Hi Sara,

    lovely idea. I stumbled across a lovely teapot on a flea market and will spray paint it to give to my Mum for her birthday. What do you figure, if I close off the spout and lid area, so only spray paint the outside that it can still be used (as in used to make tea every 2 years, knowing my Mum)?

    Thanks,

    Sandra

    • I would love to be able to tell you yes, but I’m afraid to since spray paint is toxic. I recently spray painted the outside of the lids to my canisters, but the paint will never be heated liked your teapot. There is ceramic paint, and I definitely think your Mum’s teapot would benefit greatly from this type of paint! You paint it and then set it using an oven to heat it. Good luck, and I hope I helped!

  7. Very cute!

    Just be careful what you’re painting, as expensive collectables sometimes end up at the thrift store or yard sale by sellers who don’t know better. Esp. do a little homework on signed/numbered pieces.

  8. Do you think the vases would hold up for a one night event like a wedding if actually put to use? (water and flowers)

    • I really do think they would be fine for water and flowers. Spray paint is oil based, so it should hold up well to a situation like this. Also, you just need to paint the outside of the vases. Good luck!!

  9. I just happened upon your blog and had to laugh when I read your bio. I too love to paint and there is nothing I won’t try. Everyone knows this about me. In fact, my husband often says that the only reason he hasn’t been painted is because he keeps moving! My latest project was a fabric tub chair. It needed a lift and upolstering it was out of my budget. Enter VanGogh chalk paint to the rescue. It turned out great!
    Keep on creating!

    • Kim, I think you and I would be the best of friends! You are definitely my kind of girl. My husband tells people we’re losing square footage in our home because I paint the walls so often. 😉 Thanks for the comment and have a great day!

  10. Charmant et très réussi ; les explications sont claires ; à essayer ! ( other colors work as well ? …I guess so )

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