I’ve been thinking about using a ceramic pen to decorate some simple, plain white plates and things for a while. I found these egg cups and plates in Hobbycraft, along with the ceramic pen so thought I would give it a go. I had no particular design in mind, but wanted it to be simple, fun and not to cover the entire surface. I came up with the idea of just scribbling in a masked-off area and I think it looks quite effective.
All you need is some ceramic objects that have been washed in warm soapy water and thoroughly dried, a ceramic pen, and masking tape. The pen I used doesn’t require you to bake the items in the oven, but takes 3 days to dry before you can use or put in the dishwasher.
I have couple of old wooden chairs kicking about which I thought would look amazing if they were given a bit of TLC, so I decided to paint them in some new, fresh colours. Here’s how:
You will need:
- Course sandpaper
- Finer sandpaper
- Cloth to rub the chairs down with
- Old-based primer or undercoat
- Paint in your chosen colour
- Old wooden chair
The old chairs were covered in varnish so a heavy duty session of sanding was required. I don’t have any fancy equipment so three hours of elbow grease was in order. Choose very course sandpaper to make the job as easy as possible, and get in all the grooves and cracks. Alternatively you can take furniture to get it stripped but it can cost quite a lot. I recommend against using paint stripper at home unless you have used it before – it’s a messy job using strong chemicals.
Once sanded, give it a quick wipe down with a wet cloth to get rid of any grit and dust and apply a coat of primer. This will help your paint ‘stick’ to the chair and hopefully prevent any peeling later on.
Once the primer has dried, give to chair another quick rub down with a finer sandpaper, just to even out and bumps of stroke marks in the paint, and then wipe down with a wet cloth again.
Once dry, the fun part begins! I chose a soft grey colour for one of the chairs and a bright blue for the other. The blue paint was from Habitat’s feature wall paint range which has lots of really gorgeous colours – I took a loooong time in the paint aisle I can tell you.
You will probably need two coats to get a nice solid finish. If you get any imperfections in the first coat, a quick rub down with the finer sandpaper and wipe with a wet cloth should do the trick.