Before and After Kitchens

How-To: Customize White Nesting Bowls With Paint

HGTV Magazine shows you how to put your stamp on basic items with these easy makeover ideas.

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Materials Needed:

  • mixing bowls (such as nesting mixing bowls,
  • multi-surface satin acrylic paint (FolkArt lime green, ink spot, and daffodil yellow,
  • Chevron FrogTape Shape Tape (
  • letter stickers (Remarks Shortcake-Black stickers,
  • paint pens (Pebeo pen in scarlet red, emerald, agate orange, and bengal pink,

For Zigzags

Starting at the top, apply strips of chevron tape around the bowl, spacing them 1.5 inches apart. (The tape won’t wrap smoothly around the bottom part of the bowl, so cut it into smaller pieces and match them up to create a continuous zigzag.) Color in the spaces between the tape with porcelain paint, then peel off the tape. Follow the instructions on the paint’s packaging for setting the color.

For Words

In the center of the bowl, spell out a word with letter stickers. Use a porcelain paint pen to make tiny dots around the letters. Concentrate the dots closest to the stickers, making them sparser as you work your way out. Let dry for a few minutes, then use a crafts knife to score around the letters so you can peel them off. Follow the instructions on the paint pen’s packaging for setting the color.

For Dotted Borders

Use porcelain paint pens to freehand rows of tiny circles around the bowl’s rim. Work in small sections at a time so the paint doesn’t smudge. Follow the instructions on the paint pen’s packaging for setting the color.


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