How to Seal Painted Plates

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Transparent ceramic paint
  • Soft bristle paintbrush
  • Oven timer

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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.

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.

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

Tips & Warnings

  • 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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