How to Decoupage and Paint a Thrift Store Plate

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Learn how to decoupage and paint a thrift store plate. It’s quick, easy and budget-friendly. A home decor craft can’t get any better than that!

I came across my white decorative plate at a thrift store a few months back. It was sort of looking like a milk glass wanna’ be, and the faded, off-centered design was looking very sad.

Despite the negatives, I loved the decorative edging and with my usual thrift store reasoning, I thought “this has potential!”

Valentine’s Day kept coming to mind each time I looked at the plate sitting on my thrift store storage shelf. I think the tip tops on the plate edging look like little valentine hearts.

HOW TO DECOUPAGE AND PAINT A THRIFT STORE PLATE

decoupage and painted thrift store plate displayed on a table

When it came time to makeover my thrift store plate, my thoughts were…

How am I going to distract from the plastic looking molded edges, fill in the cracks, and hide the stains that refused to budge?

Printable art and chalk paint came to the rescue for my plate makeover!

Painting with chalk paint provides good coverage, so it worked wonderfully covering up all the plate defects.

I made a Valentine’s Day free printable to cover up the faded design. If you’re interested, you’ll find the free download in this post.

the thrift store plate before it was decoupaged and painted

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • thrift store plate
  • chalk paint
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brush
  • baker’s twine
  • 110 lb cardstock
  • laser printer
  • scissors
supplies needed for the decoupage and painted thrift store plate

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PREP THE THRIFT STORE PLATE

I washed my plate with soap and water and then wiped down with Windex. You can also use alcohol to wipe the plate.

HOW TO PAINT A THRIFT STORE PLATE

CAN CHALK PAINT BE USED ON PLATES?

Yes, it sticks well to slick surfaces and provides excellent coverage.

Paint very light coats when using chalk paint on ceramics, porcelain, and glass.

PAINTING THE DECORATIVE PLATE

I used a foam paint brush to paint my plate with very light coats of white chalk paint. The foam brush worked well for getting into the nooks and crannies.

My plate needed 2 light coats to disguise the cracks and stains.

To speed up drying time in between coats use a hair dryer on low heat.

I brushed on some Mod Podge over the dried paint to protect it from potential scratches.

close-up of the thrift store plate that was decoupaged and painted

PREPARING THE PRINTABLE DESIGN

If you choose to use the design provided for a thrift store upcycle, keep in mind that a home printer will produce much softer colors, likely looking more pink.

I had Staples use their laser printer which produced a crisp look and true pink and red colors.

The round design was made to fit the inset of my plate ~ 6.25 inches. However, the print will be on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper with no cutting border, so see if it will work for one of your makeovers!

I highly recommend printing on 110 lb. cardstock for best results.

“LOVE YOU MORE” FREE PRINTABLE ~ DOWNLOAD

free valentine printable "love you more"

HOW TO DECOUPAGE A PLATE

Mod Podge is the glue used to decoupage. I didn’t have any problems with using Mod Podge over the chalk paint.

Use an artist or foam brush to paint an even coat of Mod Podge on the area where the paper design will be placed.

Place the design on top of the Mod Podge. Begin pressing at the center and lightly pressing and smoothing outwards with your fingers until it has completed adhered.

ADD BAKER’S TWINE FOR THE TRIM

You’re going to be adding the baker’s twine trim where the paper edge and plate meet. You don’t want to see the paper edge.

Apply a very small amount of Mod Podge to the tip edge of the sponge paint brush.

You want the glue line not to be wider than the width of the twine, but if it does, the glue dries clear.

Dab Mod Podge on in about 2-inch sections at a time where the paper edge and plate meet.

Start placing the twine, lightly pressing it into the glue. The two twine ends will need to be slightly overlapped and glued down.

completed decoupage and painted thrift store plate displayed

Hopefully, my decoupaged and painted thrift store plate inspired you to look twice while thrift shopping. Look for that diamond in the rough!

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SEE MORE OF MY THRIFT STORE MAKEOVERS:

WOODEN CUTTING BOARD MAKEOVER

STEP STOOL MAKEOVER USING STENCIL AND STAIN

I’ve joined a group of designers this month to share our upcycles and makeovers with all of our readers. We take something old and/or unused and ‘do it over’ into something new. Our items can be found in closets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it! Be sure to click their project links at the end of my post to see what they’re sharing. Don’t miss out!

Meet your “Do-it-Over Designers” below and click their links to see what they’ve created!

graphic for do it over designers

The Apple Street Cottage

Birdz of a Feather

Exquisitely Unremarkable

Little Vintage Cottage

Purple Hues & Me

Sum of Their Stories

Tea and Forget-Me-Nots

Unique Creations By Anita

Sharing my thrift store makeover at these fabulous blogs!

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26 thoughts on “How to Decoupage and Paint a Thrift Store Plate”

  1. Thanks for the download, I’m totally going to make this one!! I’m a thrift store junkie and a dish lover, so I have a big collection just waiting for a unique makeover. Great idea!!

  2. Gorgeous transformation! I couldn’t figure out how you got that amazing candy striping until I got to the part about the bakers twine. It finishes it off so nicely!

  3. I love how you updated this pretty plate that was a little tired from age. It’s so pretty now…and just in time for Valentine’s Day!

  4. Well that is a transformation if ever I saw one! You really did see potential in this plate that most of us would have overlooked!

  5. Rachel - Tea and Forget-me-nots

    Love this upgrade, that’s what upcycling is all about! Good idea to get it printed nicely at Staples too.

  6. That’s pretty – I have only ever decopaged clear plates with fabric behind them. And thank you for the reminder to put my Valentine’s decor out! Have a good week (:

  7. Thank you, Sara! I got lucky on the baker’s twine idea since I had no clue prior to what would even work. Luckily, it was in my stash!

  8. Gina, believe it or not, I still haven’t tried the clear plates with fabric, but I want to try that out. I remember that style from at least the 90’s and have always like the way they look. Thanks for visiting!

  9. How pretty Allyson! I happen to have a similar plate stuffed in a drawer that never sees the light of day. Time to play with some Mod Podge *wink* *wink*

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