Dishwasher Safe Painted Dishes

I recently discovered Pebeo porcelaine paints and now I want to paint all the dishes!

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates I was first inspired by Amy Christie’s two tone mugs. I was going to replicate her idea and make all my dishes with the same dipped look, but then I found the Pebeo paint pen, and instead decided to doodle around with a bunch of different ideas.

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates (P.S. That’s Ashley’s IG feed on my phone. She is one of the nicest people ever. I love her!)

I kept the dishes all to coppery gold and black paint so that they still coordinate with each other and are easy to mix and match.

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates Or not. :)

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates I used these two paints:

Pebeo Porcelaine 150 China Paint 45-Milliliter Bottle, Vermeil Gold

Pebeo Porcelaine 150 China Paint Bullet Tip Marker, Anthracite Black

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dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates They ARE on the pricey side for such small pots of paint/pens but I was pleasantly surprised to see that they spread far. I still have quite a bit of paint left after all my projects.

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates My dishes are from IKEA. They had a clearance sale on irregular sets so I snatched up a bunch.

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates Tips:

- To paint the dishes, I just painted like normal. Nothing fancy. I just used a paint brush, a foam brush, painter’s tape if the design called for it, or just free strokes.

- One trick I found helpful is that you can scratch away paint bleeds or mistakes with a razor blade before baking….the baking cures the paint and makes it dishwasher safe. Depending on your dishware, this may cause scratch marks, so try to be as nimble as you can.

- The paint was really fun to use, but the pen was fantastic. The ink came out evenly for the most part and I loved that it was really easy to control. It works better with short strokes, like dots, dashes, etc. When the ink started to run sparse with long strokes, I gave it a few shakes and tried again and it worked great.

- After baking, the paint is more permanent but can still be chipped off. Just FYI. I haven’t had trouble with it yet, but my dishes are still pretty newly painted. I have read threads about the paint wearing down over time. I think if you treat them carefully, like hand painted dishes, which they are, the paint should hold up nicely.

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates When I was done with my tea cups and saucers, I wanted to keep painting, so I looked to my dinner plates. Nothing’s safe now! ;)

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates There is some controversy as to whether the paints are food safe. From what I understand, they have been extensively tested to be food safe, but are not yet FDA approved because of the expense associated with that process. I decided that for saucers, painting right on the plate would be fine, because they don’t see heavy use. For dinner plates though, I stayed away from painting directly on the eating surfaces and instead decided to paint the underside of clear glass plates.

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates I found the paint a little harder to control on the glass than the pen, so I embraced the messy look and kept the copper designs loose and free form.

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates I love my new dishes. Well…they aren’t really new. I’ve actually had them for a while, but some simple paint touches have made them feel like new again.

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates It makes my nightly winter herbal tea ritual feel a little more special. If I ever can’t sleep, a cup of chamomile..and boring TV ;)…will knock me right out.

dishwasher safe painted dishes // Delia Creates


  1. says

    I have been wondering about these paints for awhile, the sharpie pens were no good(no matter how long i baked them) but I’ve not seen them used only found them on amazon. I shall now fight the urge to buy a little longer, but I have a sweet seafood green tea set that would look pretty cool with some artistic loving!

  2. Khadetjes says

    I have done this years ago (I like calligraphy, so I made lettering on all my plates ;). That went very well for the years we didn’t have a dishwasher… Once the plates went into that cleaning wonder, my lettering started to fade, and after 6 months or so, everything was gone.

    • says

      That’s interesting. Did you use the same brand of paint? Some of these dishes, I have washed over and over in the dishwasher more than the others, and they haven’t sustained any chipping or fading. I wonder…or hope…the paint has improved? I’ll definitely update this post if I experience the same problems down the road.

      • Khadetjes says

        I hope the paint has improved, I used the same Pebeo bottles ;).
        The plates kept ‘good’ about 4 years without dishwasher, so I’m very sure that in my case that is the problem. Because I wrote on the plates, I had to make the paint thinner (for my pens), but I used the medium for that… Very curious how yours turn out in time :)

        • says

          Aw man. So maybe it will chip away. I’ll keep an eye on them and see what happens then. The glass plates will get used more than the tea cups and saucers so I’ll watch those closely. So far, so good and it’s been a few weeks. I’ll definitely update the post in a few months if I run into issues. If I do, it’s good to know I can preserve the rest with hand washing if needed.

          I wonder too about hard water. We live in a place with very soft water. I wonder if a place with hard water might be harder on the paint. Hmmm….it’s like a science experiment. :)

  3. Nancy says

    I love the patterns you chose, they look so amazing! I have that black paint pen. For Christmas/birthday presents for family I’ve bought white mugs and have let my son draw pictures on them. His first one was just a lot of scribbles as he was only 3. The next set were either scribbled looking flowers or his version of people (one big circle w everything drawn in it). I’ve had trouble w the paint chipping. I try not to put them in the dishwasher anymore. Regardless, it’s a great project and your dishes turned out beautifully unique :-)

  4. Mish says

    Love. Question, Ikea’s cups come pre-glazed. So you paint over glaze and then bake is that correct? Also at what temperature were the glass plates baked.

    • says

      Thanks! Yes. I painted over the glaze and then baked it. The glass plates were baked at 350 degrees F. I believe anyway…I just followed the instructions on the paint label.

  5. says

    I love these! I am not entirely sure mine would come out this great, but yours are really pretty! I think I might just throw caution to the wind and try it ;-)

    • says

      Totally go for it! If you ever don’t like your initial design, you can just wipe it away with baby wipes while it’s still wet, or a razor blade if it’s dry. I did that a few times.

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