How To Elevate Dollar Store Ceramics

DIY your own trendy tabletop pieces in just a few steps.

Photography by Ariel Garneau

Ariel is the voice behind PMQ for two, where she creates bright, bold, colourful and creative interiors that are renter friendly, with a touch of glam and retro. Her project gallery is bursting full of colorful projects ranging from small DIYs, to furniture makeovers and room design.

I love the look of bold ceramics for tabletop entertaining. They help set the scene, and bring such character to a tablescape. I love a bold stripe because it can balance any print, while black and white are classic and go with any color.

Because the really nice ones come with a hefty price tag, it’s great when you can find ways of creating them for a budget. These DIY dollar store ceramics are not only under $4 each, but you can paint them any which way you’d like, to suit your needs.

Photography by Ariel Garneau

What you’ll need:

  • Bowls, cups, plates: pair them up in the sore to make sure you have a base and a top for each piece.
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Zinsser Aerosol Primer (it sticks to glazed pieces)
  • Paint: I used Americana’s Outdoor Living collection because I know it works well with the primer, and it’s meant to withstand heavy use.

Photography by Ariel Garneau

How to:
Step 1: Once your pieces are paired off into a top and bottom, using your hot glue gun, assemble them pieces.

Photography by Ariel Garneau
Photography by Ariel Garneau

Step 2: Next, prime them using the Zinsser primer. I recommend a well ventilated area and lots of dry time. Try to do this on a dry day, since it will speed up the process.

Photography by Ariel Garneau

Step 3: Once all the pieces are dry, start painting. Depending on what you’re doing (a stripe vs. color blocking) you’ll need to do some taping. I recommend masking tape since it won’t pull up the primer below.

Photography by Ariel Garneau
Photography by Ariel Garneau

Step 4: Using a bristle brush, apply even coats and let dry thoroughly in between applications. This may take 2-3 coats depending on how much color you’re applying.

Photography by Ariel Garneau

Step 5: Once everything is dry, slowly remove the tape, and you’re in business! 

Photography by Ariel Garneau

I’ve styled them with bright yellows and oranges for spring, but they’ll look just as good through the summer and fall as the colors change.

Don’t forget, you can experiment with proportion, sizing, and colors to create one-of-a-kind dishes for your next event.

Photography by Ariel Garneau
Photography by Ariel Garneau
Published on March 11, 2018 - 8:10am EDT

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