How to Seal Painted Plates

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Things You'll Need

  • Transparent ceramic paint

  • Soft bristle paintbrush

  • Oven timer

Taking a plain, undecorated plate and painting a seasonal or decorative design on it is a fun way to update your tableware. You don't have to be an artist to create a beautiful design that's perfect for your kitchen decor. Sealing painted plates so that they are food-safe, scratch-resistant and washable, is easier than you might think. The right paints, a great design, a steady hand and a little time all come together to complete a painted plate that you can use for years to come.


Step 1

Paint two to three coats of transparent ceramic paint on the painted plate using a soft hair paintbrush, allowing each coat to dry for four hours before continuing on to the next.

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Step 2

Place the painted plates on the center rack in a cold oven, set the temperature to 320 degrees F, and when the oven has reached 320 degrees F, set the oven timer for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Turn the oven off after 30 minutes and allow the plates to cool for an hour before removing them.


Painted plates are a good project for children. Using a template to paint multiple plates is an easy way to unify your tableware. Hand-painted plates should be hand-washed to protect the glaze.

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