Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How to.......




I get a lot of questions on how I did my "family wall" I answered someones email about it, and thought I'd copy that email here so you can all see how to! here it is step by step!



1) Paint your wall chocolate brown, let dry a day or so. I used canoe brown by Eddie Bauer at Lowes, but any dark brown would do

2) type up what you want your wall to say. If you like the family one I did, go to www.wonderfulgraffiti.com and copy there saying. I used the definition out of the dictionary but tweaked it a bit. Type it up so it all fits on one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper

3) Measure your wall it is going on

4) figure out how much you need to enlarge it at kinkos to fit your wall. They can help you with this, or you can use your calculator. if you need it twice as big, enlarge it 200% and so on. I believe mine was something like 800% bigger.

5) Use the oversized copier at kinkos (they can help you) to enlarge it to your size. it's about $10.00 per sheet

6) Tape transfer paper to your wall. You can get this at craft stores. it's about $4.00 a package and you will need several. I cut out this step by literally "scribbling" with pencil all over the back side of my enlarged copy. It does the same thing and saves you the money on the carbon transfer paper. Kids like to help with this part!

7) Tape your enlarged copy on your wall. make sure it is straight by using a level

8) Once you have it where you want it, use a ballpoint pen to "trace" around each letter, until done. This is the hard part, your hand will hurt! Put enough pressure on so that the pencil will come off on the wall under it.

9) Then just use craft paint to fill in the letters. It doesn't have to be perfect, mine isn't. I used a light brown and a creamy color I think. You can use any color you like that matches your house.

10) and that's it! Good luck!

12 comments:

mishebe said...

wow, that is awesome. so perfect looking. I really do not think i could do that. mishelle

stacyjacob said...

You are sooooooooo awesome. Thank you so much for taking the time to give out instructions! I really thought you did it all by hand - freestyle. Shows you how much I know about painting & being crafty. I love visiting this site, by far my favorite blog.\

Hooray for you!!!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Thanks SO much for sharing this how-to! I know a lot of people who wondered about this, I'll be linking.

Meredith said...

i love this wall and would love to do one in my home but i know i would mess it up! i wonder if you could use a projector and do it that way. great job!

An Accomplished Woman said...

You have a beautiful wall and you did a beautiful job. I should inspire to achieve such a great wall. Love it and your blog.

Emily Echols said...

I love it!!! How did you do the number on your door, I realy like that as well!

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

That really is beautiful!

jaime said...

Thank you for the instructions! I have been looking at your blog and rms for awhile and LOVE your ideas and home! Thanks again for sharing

One Woman's Cottage Life said...

Oh, my goodness, I just did this today and posted about it, but long before I read your entry...how ironic! I found the idea on another blog a few months back but can't remember where. Your words turned out beautifully! Great job!

Blue Castle said...

That looks awesome!!!

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