8 Brilliant DIY Ways to Reinvent Your Dinnerware

If you're like me, you enjoy mixing things up from time to time just to keep life interesting. This especially applies to home decor. Giving your personal space a facelift can be as easy (and satisfying) as rearranging the furniture, swapping out some throw pillows, or reframing a piece of art. So along those lines, wouldn't it be nice to spice up the essential items you use every day—like your plates, cups, and silverware? Strategies for reinventing your dinnerware, however, don't necessarily leap immediately to mind. When I first started brainstorming ideas, I found myself a bit stymied. How do you change the look of something that's designed to be used "as is"? But equipped with a little imagination and a few basic supplies, you may be surprised at what you can do. From simple embellishments to more sophisticated techniques that let you channel your inner artist, here are 11 creative ways to make your settings sing.

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  1. Mix It Up


    Embrace controlled chaos with a thoughtful mix-and-match party, featuring your collection of eclectic dinnerware. The only rule of thumb is to establish a common color scheme, but a mishmash of patterns, shapes, and styles are all welcome at the same table.


  2. Sipping Pretty


    A little painter's tape to the rescue! Starting with the mug of your choice, tape up the portion of the mug you want to remain untouched and paint liberally over the rest. We suggest using a food-safe ceramic paint, even though the paint is on the outside where it won't come in contact with your food or beverages.

    Related: How To: Paint EVERYTHING


  3. Spray Play


    Do you have a set of flatware that's mismatched... or just needs pizzazz? Break out the spray paint and give your cutlery an instant boost that's guaranteed to spark some conversation. Although you may not want to try this on your best silver, this approach would be wonderfully whimsical on casual flatware that's used in a second home or for entertaining.

    Related: 10 Unexpected Uses for Spray Paint


  4. Seasonal Stencils


    Turn any plate into a canvas for expression. Stencils and a good old Sharpie or paint are all you need. Designs made with permanent marker stand the test of time, even in the dishwasher.

    Related: Stenciled Floors—The Best of Today's Designs


  5. Make It Sparkle


    With a little help from a spray adhesive like E6000, you can give your everyday flatware some big-time bling. Just make sure to wash these by hand to preserve your delicate decoratives.


  6. A Glass Half Full


    Craft connoisseur Martha Stewart's new line of glass paint and silkscreens is destined to inspire cascades of decorative mirrors, windows, and in this case, glass tableware. Using basic glass plates, bowls, or tumblers as a base, the process is simple and the designs are limitless.


  7. Simple Statements


    Sometimes the simplest things are the most striking. With a fine-tipped paintbrush and food- and dishwasher-safe ceramic paint, you can create a custom design that speaks your language. Not steady with a paintbrush? Don't worry, a ceramic paint pen can also do the trick. Visit HGTV for the DIY.


  8. Take a (Cake) Stand


    Whether the component parts come from your own collection, a family swap, or a lucky day at a thrift store, assembling the pieces into a cake plate is a great way to use them in a new configuration. This marriage of a candlestick holder and plate–turned–serving platter can be temporary or permanent, depending on whether or not you want to break out the hot-glue gun.


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