Post # 1
I know this is not a big deal in the big scheme of things, but I’m totally bummed out.
I bought and have been holding on to a set of 100 charger plates for a while now and went over to a friend’s house to do some wedding crafting, including painting the charger plates. Her dad put them all back into boxes thinking they were dry and they fused with the pieces of paper between them. Now more than half of them are ruined.
Should I give up and forget about having them at the wedding and just chalk up the $150 I’ve already spent as a sunk cost? Or should I try to buy another 60 and all the paint supplies and do them again, putting more money into this project?
Post # 3
And another note, I’ve aleady met with my florist and the charger plates were one of the things we discussed and picked the color for and that I’ve had my heart set on forever. I actually cried about this when I got home and saw the damage. Thank goodness my fiance was here to hug it out with me. He knew how much I wanted these.
Post # 4
Awww, that sucks. Do you think your friend’s dad would be willing to help with the cost of replacing them?
Post # 5
@JuneBride2012: I can’t ask them to do that, they have helped me and my FI so much. They are really like second parents to me. When we bought our home her dad helped us install a new hot water heater (to save us TONS of money over paying a plumber), I don’t even want to mention it to them because I know they would go out and buy new ones right away and I don’t want them to do that. They helped me make the signs for the wedding and other crafty stuff. You wouldn’t believe how great they are to me, I feel horrible that this even happened.
Post # 6
Well there are some chemicals that will get stuck on paper off and then you can repain them. I think something like bar tender’s friend might work try googling it online. If you can get the stuck on paper off then you can repaint them and the plate will cover most of the charger so you only need to get the paper on the top rim of hte charger off. If you are not able to get it off then you could consider buying some used chargers to save money or renting chargers. And in worst case senario you could buy them new again and sell them after the wedding to get some of your moeny back but I think that you should have them because if it left you in tears that means that you really want them.
Post # 7
Is there any way you can repaint the ones you have? I’m not sure what kind of process you used, but you may be able to use some paint remover to take the damaged part off and start again.
I know this is going to take time, but it may be better than buying new ones.
I totally know what you mean about charger plates. They can really complete the look!
Post # 8
I used goo gone to get the paper off, but it’s like they are indented because they were all stacked. So even if I get the paper off and then paint them again, there is still this indention around the center of the plate where they bottom of the plate sunk into it. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I think maybe 10 of them are salvagable.
When I bought the charger plates in the first place, I split them with another bride, so I am trying to get in contact with her to see if I can buy them back from her since her wedding was back in May. She’s local, so hope for me that she’ll get back to me and it’ll work out that I can buy them back for a discount.
Post # 9
If you have the money, I’d buy new plates and not say a thing about it to your friends. They will likely notice them missing on the wedding day and wonder or ask why. I’ll be ok, at least you have the time to re-do them. 🙂
Post # 10
Unless it would totally blow your budget, I’d go ahead and do it. It’s clearly important to you!
Post # 11
@mcnetn3: Ah, I totally understand (and it’s wonderful that they have been there for you the way that they have). I would say to go ahead and purchase the new plates and supplies and redo them (unless it would be too much of a financial strain).
Post # 12
I hope that the other bride will help you out! That would be a fix to all of this.
Post # 13
If you don’t want to re-purchase the chargers, there are other alternatives, depending on the color and theme of your wedding:
large paper doilies-particularly nice under clear glass or plastic chargers
clear glass or plastic chargers that you can leave clear or spray paint on the underside
save on crafts has clear glass chargers 12 for $17.40