Kate Spade consistently knocks my socks off. I’ve never met an item by the brand that I didn’t love, whether that was a gorgeous bag (like this beauty), a stunning necklace, or in this instance, a great set of dishware.
If you told me a few years ago that I’d one day be begging for dishes instead of a new pieces of clothing for Christmas, I’d tell you you were crazy–but that’s just what’s happened, ever since I laid eyes on the charming polka dot set above. I know that you’re supposed to buy your first fancy dish set when you get married (my current one is from C&B), but I think it’s rubbish that society expects me to wait until then. I want these dishes, and I want them now.
Well, I also want a bigger bank account, apparently, because these babies cost a pretty penny. Never one to shy away from a good old DIY, I headed out to pick up a few supplies.
I can’t say I’m an artist, but I can handle the basics–lines, dots, hearts–which is all that’s necessary to pull off this project. You’ll need ceramic-safe gold paint (or really any color of your choice), a few brushes you don’t mind ruining, and the dishware of your choice.
Simply paint on whatever designs you’d like. I went for a gold base on one dish, polka dots on another, a gold rim and heart on one cup, and polka dots on the other. I reccommend you do two coats to ensure your paint looks opaque enough (the plate above is with one) and let them dry well in between.
Once you’re satisfied and the paint has dried completely, you need to “fire” the pieces. If you took (and did terrible in) 8th grade ceramics like me, you’ll remember firing your pieces in the kiln–this is similar, just in a 300 degree oven for a half hour instead.
Once that half hour is up, they are officially food and dishwasher safe (not that it matters, because I don’t have one).
I think Kate would be proud, no?