Mix It Up
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.
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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.
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Make It Sparkle
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.
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.
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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