Easily Personalize a Vintage Platter

Today, I’m excited to share how to easily personalize a vintage platter one of my favorite projects from Loblolly Manor.

I had planned to show you THE cutest soap rest but a few weeks ago, we were at Loblolly trying to put the finishing touches on one of the bedrooms. We had the headboard installed and the linens on the bed, the artwork had arrived and been hung on the wall, the nightstand was painted and in place and the dresser had been repainted, styled, and we had just created a new flower arrangement for the top.

Just for the record, I try SO hard not be a perfectionist. But when it comes to decorating and completing projects like this one, if something is a bit off, even a little bit, it bugs me until it’s fixed.

I wish I could tell you how many different things we tried above the nightstand. We tried at least 10 different pieces of art in various combinations. We tried pieces of salvaged wood, baskets of flowers, vases of flowers, trays, lamps – you name it – if we had it, we tried it. Yet nothing was really working out.

We were just about to call it a day, when we decided to try this plate. It was really close to being perfect but something about it felt off and I couldn’t let it go.

After a bit of troubleshooting we decided we needed to find an easy way to personalize the vintage platter. I wasn’t sure I would be able to do it at first. I mean, it was almost too pretty to take a chance on messing it up. But my Mom assured me several times she had only paid a few dollars for the thrifted platter and I would adding value not taking it away. Moms are the best, right?

Personalizing items with Sharpie markers is not anything new at all. In fact, you can find all sorts of creative ideas on Pinterest. I’ve personalized mugs with a Sharpie and it’s a quick and easy to way to add a custom feel to almost anything.

So, it seemed pretty fitting, we would decide to personalize the vintage platter with two simple words…Loblolly Manor and use it as art in one of the bedrooms. Here’s a look at everything you need to know personalize a platter of your own too.

Make sure your vintage plattter has been cleaned and is completely dry prior to starting this project. I used rubbing alcohol and a cotton makeup pad to clean this one.

Next, I used Word to create an image of the phrase, “Loblolly Manor,” for this platter and printed the image out on plain white computer paper using our home computer. You can also find calligraphy fonts on the DaFont.com where most fonts are free for personal use.

Cut out the image you want to use with scissors (use caution and care as scissors are sharp)

then flip the image over and shade using a graphite pencil.

Next, center image on the vintage platter (make sure the shaded graphite portion is against the platter) and secure in place with clear tape. Keep in mind, this is for DECORATIVE purposes only. Do not eat off the of the platter as it will be unsafe.

Outline each image/character with a ball point pen.

Once you’ve completed outlining each character/image, carefully remove the clear tape to reveal the transferred graphic.

Use a Sharpie permanent marker to color in each character.

Place the vintage platter on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes so the ink will set.

Use caution and care as you remove from the oven as it will be hot. Allow the vintage platter to cool completely on a wire rack.

Seriously so easy, right? Just think of all the seasonal and inspirational phrases you can customize!

It finally feels like this guest bedroom is coming together and we couldn’t be happier about it. We’re just waiting on the rug and the chandelier to arrive now. Even though we’ve completed a lot of projects in this room already, I think this simple personalized vintage platter will always be sentimental to us. It definitely makes me excited for all the new memories to come!

See you guys back here tomorrow. If you had a chance to see the laundry room makeover at Loblolly you already know we’re dealing with some pretty tiny spaces at this house. The master bathroom has been given a bit of a makeover too so I’ll share all the details with you. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. CoCo – this is super cute! We love how personal and beautiful this is for your family home. This platter art piece was meant to-be all along – maybe that’s why you were having a hard time find just the right piece. Love it!

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