You know me...I'm a big fan of making pretty things that don't cost a lot of money.
Maybe I'm a little strange, but often when I'm shopping I'm not thinking about purchasing an item, I'm actually thinking..."how could I make this myself." Sometimes, I feel the effort would be too much, but most of the time I instantly have a few ideas pop into my head about a plan of DIY action!
My latest DIY is an example of this backwards manner of thinking...
If you've followed my Inspiration Boards, or even some of my SheKnows articles, you've probably seen that I keep a few retailers as my "All-Time Faves." West Elm is up at the top of that list! I love the West Elm style, and they don't pay me to say that. I'm just drawn to the simplicity of the products they offer...and if I had a million dollars to spend anywhere, it probably would be at West Elm.
But I don't have a million dollars...and so, I'm left with the challenge of bringing West Elm style into my home without the West Elm price-tag.
Because I lucked out with a successful knock-off of my favorite West Elm chandelier, I figured I'd give it a go with my latest WE envy item...
...aka, the Hand Painted Dotted Dinnerware Set, which they have just recently discontinued. I fell in love with the natural, almost organic feeling of this design. Anytime something is hand-painted, it's irregularity gives it a sense of charm. Well, that's my opinion at least. I don't like things to always be perfect (otherwise I start to feel like a Stepford wife).
So here's what I had on hand...
...a $.99 plate from Savers, leftover paint from my guest bedroom paint samples, and some BBQ skewers. Pretty much a stash of supplies that could be found in most households.
Throughout the project I only needed to use two of the skewers. The first I broke in half, using the half with the point to stir the paint, and the half with the blunt-edge as my "dotter."
But as I started "dotting" I noticed it was surprisingly more challenging to keep the right angle of dotted line than I thought it would be...
...and so I used the second (full-length) skewer to lay across the plate as a guide for the direction of my lines. I marked a few guide lines, and that seemed to help me visualize which direction each line should be headed, all around the plate.
...it only took me about 45 minutes to finish this project, and the paint seemed to dry really quickly as I went along.
I love the way that it turned out, and will probably be making another one sometime soon!
...and the grand total?? Considering I had all of the supplies on hand, I'll total it at the cost of the plate itself...which was a whopping, $.99!
But here's the thing, I actually don't intend to use this plate for anything that involves direct contact with food. I'm only going to use it as a candle holder, like you see here in the pics. I've also toyed with the idea of making a tiered tray to use for event planning (to hold cupcakes). If you want to create a plate similar to this, or even update your existing dinnerware set, I definitely recommend looking for materials that are food-friendly in lieu of the latex paint I used.
Did anyone else do something crafty over the weekend? I've got another painting project to share with you later this week for some accessories I transformed for my guest bedroom. I am really excited about them because they fit in with my theme perfectly. Can't wait to hear of your weekend adventures! Leave me a comment to let me know what you've been up to!