My budget doesn’t allow for true vintage dishes in the kitchen. That doesn’t stop me from loving vintage pyrex, glass bowls, and stoneware…love!! It makes my heart sing just thinking about all the cooking history in those little dishes. The cakes made, the eggs beat, the bread kneaded. I love history. Especially yummy history. And dishes are full of yummy history.
But, I have a kitchen rule that goes like this:
If it won’t make it through the dishwasher, it doesn’t come into our house. Or if it does, it’s willingly committing dish suicide.
I can’t dishonor yummy history and bring in dishes that I know will be murdered in the death trap that is the dishwasher. It isn’t right.
Truth be told I have a set of dishes from my Great Grandmother, a set of silver, and a few other heirloom pieces tucked away in Eleanor Roosevelt. Those stay hidden away lest I take them out and use them. There has been a couple of times the good silver has accidentally made its way through the dishwasher. No deaths, thank goodness. But, since then the kitchen rule has been put into play. In daily kitchen life, the rule applies. And vintage dishes and pyrex certainly don’t go through the dishwasher well. In fact, they outright hate the dishwasher. They get all wonky.
So, let’s DIY this.
The What What:
Nesting glass bowls
Martha Stewart glass paint (3 different colors)
Martha Stewart “dabbers” (set of 3). These have a special name. Darn if I remember it.
The How How:
Use the largest circle first all the way around the top of the glass bowl. Make each circle touch the one next to it.
Use the next largest circle with the same color. This time the circle touches the larger one above.
Repeat with the smallest circle.
Cure the glass paint according to directions. Wash by hand or in the top rack of the dishwasher.
These bowls were a gift for my sister. She badly needed some decent mixing bowls. She says that she uses them all the time (especially in the microwave) and the paint is holding up great! Go Martha Stewart glass paints!
How about you…do you love vintage dishes as much as I do? What’s your favorite kind? Pyrex, Fiesta, Milk glass, or another?
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