Letter Transfer Tutorial will SAVE you $$$ !

Thursday, August 06, 2009 Aimee Larsen 61 Comments


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Oh how I love me some wall lettering.  I remember when I first discovered a beautiful company a couple of years ago.  I scheduled a party and my consultant canceled and never rescheduled.  BOOO!


 I love this one!
Oh well, a girl can dream.  Maybe one day...
but until then I will take consideration of the words on the wall.  I'm inspired by what I love and my inspiration has guided me to this...

I'm going to...
Wing it!
My husband is leery of putting writing on walls, I think it's just because he doesn't want to read it or be reminded to wash his hands or something.  I don't know!  It might be because I tried buying these vinyl letters from Lowes and they were too tall for the space I wanted to use them (above my arch way).  Oh well!  So, tonight when I said, I want to paint "Pantry" on our pantry door, he actually said, "that sounds like a good idea!"  What???  Really???? I can paint something on a door in our house?  Really???
So, I did this!
Awe!  I'm so happy!  It's 2:00 in the morning and I'm blogging about something that took about 30 minutes to do!  I'm SO happy!
Here's what you do!
Print off the lettering that you want from your computer...  Isn't it pretty!
Then, I turned it over and did this...
I rubbed my pencil all over the back of my letters until they were all covered.
I taped it in place on the door and using a ball point pin, pressed slightly hard and traced around each and every line and curve.  It was easy I promise!
What you'll end up with is this transfer.  My art teacher taught me this trick in high school, her father was a painter, and painted signs for a living.  I guess this is a technique passed down.  It works and it's easy!
This is the rest, I simply painted with a thin brush.  I used a black acrylic paint, one of my favorite paints to work with.  I'd decided not to do the line underneath for fear I wouldn't make it straight but I like it better with out it.  This takes little patience and a slight steady hand but anyone can do it.  It all only took about 30 minutes so I KNOW you can do this! 
If you try this, please send me a picture.  I'm looking for clever ideas around our house.  I think something in our laundry room will be next.

Since my pantry will always be my pantry and because of the wood grain texture, this technique is ideal.  
Oh and here's what I did on the restroom door too.  It is a pocket door so it's nice for guests to know what's on the other side without leaving it open all of the time. 
 
 
Same technique and I don't have to worry about peeling off like my some vinyl someone sent to me is doing now.  Also, painting over these is not a problem either...just in case you have worried about that.  You can use a bit of paint thinner and remove it and then repaint as usual. 

61 comments:

  1. So cute! It doesn't look "hand painted." I might have to use that technique in the future!!!

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  2. That is so great! Something in your laundry room would also be really cute!!

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  3. That looks AWESOME!!! Not that you need it, but if you still want to do vinyl lettering, there are some really good shops on Etsy that are way cheaper than Uppercase Living and they can do pretty much anything...including a scan of a UL product. Not that I know anything about that, of course. Also, you could check for sign making companies in your area. My little tiny nowhere town has two, so I know you'll have one. They were lots cheaper than UL too.

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  4. This is awesome! I've been looking for a way to make a window. Now I just need to find the window I want. I am thnking of a picture frame and then draw the sky & clouds. This totally helps!

    Love your "Pantry"!

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  5. You never know who has been reading your blog for months and loving it! I can help you with the vinyl. I'm on vacation right now, but contact me next week. distinctivewords.etsy.com
    Laundry Room......sorting out life one load at a time. Back to vacation now :)

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  6. Thanks for this easy tutorial. A painted word or phrase would be perfect for the little space above the door in my kids' bedroom.

    For your bathroom, how about "Water Closet?" It will make you feel fancy. :)

    I don't know about the laundry room, though. I might label mine with "Amanda's House of Horrors" or "The Room That Ate My Socks" but I can't think of anything cute and clever for a NICE laundry room.

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  7. I have a friend that hates to use the word "toilet" or "loo". Her word - facilities. As in, "Where are the facilities?" It cracks me up. I quite like "water closet" too!

    Love your blog by the way. Long time lurker, first time commenting!

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  8. Great idea for transfers - I love it! For a bathroom - what about just WC in big letters - the abbreviation for water closet . . . just a thought - with flourishes of some sort on either side it could be cute.

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  9. Thanks for sharing a great idea. The transfer idea is wonderful. I vote for "W C"...the abbreviated version of water closet. That's what we called the restroom when I studied abroad in Israel. Have a lovely day!

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  10. For your bathroom, I think the most sophisticated word would be "BATH." Plain and simple.

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  11. This is SO great! It makes me wish I had a door to paint, but since we're in an apartment at the moment (blehh), I'll just have to find something else to use it on! Excitement!

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  12. Thanks for the info! I too would rather do something myself than paint! I like the idea WC, you could put the water droplets on each side, or above.

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  13. This looks great! My dad was a sign painter too & he shared that tip with me when I was a kid!

    If you ever don't want to do the pencil trick, I saw on someone else's blog that you can put a piece of newprint behind your paper and it works like a carbon copy would too.

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  14. I so needed this. I have been killing myself trying to figure out a way to do it. THANK YOU!

    How about Water Closet?

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  15. I love using words on my walls. If you don't have a steady hand (like me) you can use a paint marker (they come in tons of colors) to get a straighter line. I like the ease of simply drawing what I want, no brush needed.

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  16. i am so excited about this; i must try your technique, and soon! if i succeed, i will surely pass it along for approval! =) when studying french, i always liked their term: salle de bain
    sounds so much classier than bathroom, doesn't it?

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  17. I was just blogging earlier this week about the words I FINALLY finished painting! I, too, am cheap so that's why I have painted words in 4 rooms of my house! I use carbon paper left over from forms my husband fills out. I also print out the words in "outline" so as to not waste printer ink!! Glad to know I am not the only one painting!

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  18. This is great! I love it. You did a really good job. I may try it. (I also want a Cricut machine but there is no way I will get one)

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  19. wow! great tips! thanks for sharing it with us. Found your blog from oneprettything. My first visit, but I'll be back!
    I have never tried painting words, but who knows... maybe I'll try it with your fast and easy way!
    gail

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  20. That is so easy- I am definitely doing this SOMEWHERE in my house!!

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  21. That is SOOO cute! And super easy too! Hmm...now what can I go and label?? He he he.

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  22. What a great Idea! Now to apply it to a project...hmm...

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  23. Came over from One Pretty Thing! What a great idea, I like the idea of doing this to the toilet and laundry too. Maybe you could us WC for 'water closet' thats what we have on the loos at work...but many do still ask where the toilet is!

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  24. Great blog! My first time checking it out. I love this idea too. It seems so much faster than others I've tried. We have two bathrooms...both have signs on the door. One is a vintage-looking oval that says "MENS ROOM" for my son and husband (though I still venture in, it's a more masculine bathroom) and the other is a just says "BATH" on the side of a old bathtub with overflowing bubbles. I love them!

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  25. This was a great tutorial and your project is fabulous! How about Washroom? That is the term used here in Canada. And for Laundry Room ~ get the real dirt here!

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  26. I love this!! It looks great. I love to make my own transfers by coloring on the back of the paper just like this.

    I like Necessities best;)

    Anjeanette(I used to read under the name Pollyanna)

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  27. How about just "W.C."for water closet, old english name for the powder room. Or... washroom ... ladies/gents/guests

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  28. After reading your post, I immediately thought, "Water Closet." I also like "The Loo."

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  29. I was thinking WC for Water Closet, just cuz it's a cute British thing. :)

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  30. Love it!! I am actually ordering that Pantry this week!! I am so afraid I won't have a steady hand, but I do need to try this. How easy is the pencil trick?! It's killing me!!

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  31. Love your Pantry sign. I think for the washroom you should paint "Ablutions"

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  32. I have a vinyl plotter that I have been using to do various project for my house. Email me at k_klane@hotmail.com and I can make you custom ones for about half the price that uppercase living sells them for. I won't make exact copies but have lots of cute designs. The possibilities are endless ;-)

    -Entry Door House numbers

    -Headboard for a unique painted bedframe look

    -Teachers Gifts

    - Kids growth charts, kids names for doors and furniture like a toy boxesor chairs

    -Event Decals such as removable monograms for your wedding reception hall, birthday party etc.

    - Decoration for your dorm or apartment with vinyl that can easily be removed for up to 2 years

    - Labels for Jars, containers, computers etc

    - Decoration for plant pots, outlet covers, mirrors, dry erase boards, coasters, napkin rings etc.

    - Motorcycle and Car Decals

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  33. I have a vinyl cutter that I use to make decals for my house. I can make you some for about half the price that Uppercase Living sells for. I won't sell exact copies but have lots of cute designs. You can email me at k_klane@hotmail.com
    The possibilities are endless for vinyl decals ;-)

    - Entry Door House numbers

    - Headboard for a unique painted bedframe look, or a monogram over your bed

    - Teachers Gifts

    - Kids growth charts, kids names for doors and furniture like a toy boxesor chairs

    - Event Decals such as removable monograms for your wedding reception, birthday party etc.

    - Decoration for your dorm or apartment with removable vinyl (easily comes off for up to 2 years)

    - Labels for Jars, containers, storage boxes etc

    - Decoration for plant pots, outlet covers, mirrors, dry erase boards, coasters, napkin rings etc.

    - Motorcycle and Car Decals

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  34. Hi there. I just got some time to myself to be able to use your transfer idea. You can see the results here:
    http://pickupsomecreativity.blogspot.com/2009/12/easy-peasy-wall-art.html
    Thanks so much!

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  35. I did something in my laundry room, it says "Laundry room, get all the good dirt here" I used my projector and projected it on the wall, and used paint pens...they are amazing!!!

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  36. A sign I saw on a restaurant restroom said "4U2PN".
    I thought it was clever!! Thanks for the tutorial!
    I can't wait to try it!!

    midwestmom

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  37. i saw this tutorial awhile back, and wish you could see everything i googled to try to find you again :) i love this technique and can't wait to try it! thanks for sharing!

    ps- when in doubt, i go french: le bain for the bathroom and laverie for laundry, but then you run the risk of no one having any clue what they mean :)

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  38. I'm VERY excited that you posted about this. I've been wanting to write on my front door

    "Come in, kick your shoes off and stay a while" and or "No soliciting please" (as we've been having a slew of undesired knocks at the front door)

    Am going to use this as soon as I can get that dang front door off.
    THANKS!

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  39. So cute!! I used your transfer idea to put a verse on a canvas and it turned out pretty good. Thanks for sharing this :)

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  40. Just so you know that expression is only $9.95 :)
    http://denee.uppercaseliving.net/DesignItems.m?CategoryId=37&DesignId=2274&ItemId=&Keyword=Pantry&CurrentPage=1

    And only takes seconds to install, plus if you don't want it anymore it just peels off, and you wouldn't have to paint the whole door :)

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  41. I've hung wallpaper for 25 years and feel I am very creative, but most people wouldn't be able to master this. Looked up the cost for what you copied, it was $9.95 and comes in over 50 colors. I would want to be able to remove it in the future if we redecorate and the Uppercase Living comes right off, no damage done. I give you credit for a job well done, but for the novice, Uppercase Living is simple, beautifully done and not that expensive! In fact, it cost you less if you become a demonstrator!:) Just sayin.

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  42. I really like how creative your ideas are. With that said: You state that you are a warrior or Christ for and foremost, but isn't this STEALING? You said you did a print screen off that poor company's site right? Well that is stealing then. Perhaps as a Warrior for Christ you could make your own designs using YOUR God-given talents adn display those on your walls and doors. I"m just saying......... have a blessed day.

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  43. I can't believe any one, and especially someone who is a Christian, would encourage anyone to "steal" a licensed product from a company. And yes, in my opinion that is stealing. Copying a design from your "favorite" company to use for yourself is bad enough, but you are advertising for everyone to steal and I can't believe your website is still up and running. Yes, I sell for Uppercase Living but more important I "sell" for God's almighty Kingdom and I do not want anyone to ever question my motives or ethics.

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  44. Thank you for not selling exact designs. I don't fault anyone for wanting to save money. Like you they can create their own designs. I applaud you for putting this comment on here.

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  45. Thank you for visiting and sharing with me how you feel. I totally respect your opinion on the matter of copying something that I liked. At the time of this post in August of 2009, I was excited that I could get "the look" by my own hands. I suppose any company that has something great will get copied at some point but I never did so to be deceitful, never. I will remove that I copied it from a website so that I do not encourage others to do so from this day on. I do think that is the right thing to do, however, someone questioning my Faith and Trust and Love for God and His Son will not be tolerated under any circumstance. It is one thing to rebuke what someone has done if you think that it is wrong, it's another entirely to questions my motives and ethics.
    In His Service Always,
    Aimee

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  46. Thank you for visiting and sharing with me how you feel. I totally respect your opinion on the matter of copying something that I liked. At the time of this post in August of 2009, I was excited that I could get "the look" by my own hands. I suppose any company that has something great will get copied at some point but I never did so to be deceitful, never. I will remove that I copied it from a website so that I do not encourage others to do so from this day on. I do think that is the right thing to do, however, someone questioning my Faith and Trust and Love for God and His Son will not be tolerated under any circumstance. It is one thing to rebuke what someone has done if you think that it is wrong, it's another entirely to questions my motives and ethics.
    In His Service Always,
    Aimee

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  47. Thank you for sharing your love of Uppercase Living. I agree it's a wonderful company! So much so that I've been a demonstrator for them for 3 years. What a great decision that was! For those who aren't "too cheap," or don't want to paint on their walls permanently, you can visit my website to check out what all the great fuss is about at http://tpearl.uppercaseliving.net. If there is so much that you really can't purchase it all, consider having an online party where you share the UL love (and 20% discount through the end of April!) with your friends near and far and earn FREE product as the hostess. And if you want to join this fabulous, young, GROWING company as a demonstrator, I'd love to give you some information to think about. You can reach me at torreh@gmail.com or visit my blog at www.pleaseuseyourwords.com.

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  48. Just a thought... I would like to consider myself Frugal, Not Cheap!! I have purchased Uppercase living and I have a friend who "demonstrates" it.. I like the product, however I have textured walls and it will not work at my house. So Aimees idea of painting works perfectly.. I hate that after two years this post gets found and a few "bloggers" decided to turn this post into something "ugly". I understand if you sell this product you may want to be a defender for it, however she wasn't saying it was horriable she was sayign that to save money you could do it her way. At this point I think shes learned her lesson to not use "company names" and just to throw it out there, I like to search etsy and amazon for vinyl lettering you can find some cheaper ideas there.
    Most concerning, I hate that Aimee's faith has been brought up in this matter.. And as far as that goes, no one is perfect we sin everyday.. So if you feel that she stole this, I would hope that you could find it in your heart to forgive her just like our heavenly father would. That is what is so great about being a christian, Jesus Died for our sins, so we can be forgiven.. So lets not judge everyone elses faith.. Lets evaluate our own faith and learn to pray for one another..

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  49. I have to say I admire the creativity and steady hand that the original poster demonstrates with this idea.  I however find the critical and brash accusations coming from all of the Uppercase Living reps to be sadly lacking. 

    If you take into consideration that, although creative and attractive, Uppercase Living hardly has the corner on the vinyl lettering market. I have a friend who owns a sign shop who creates the same look, feel, and functionality that the Uppercase living products has for pennies on the dollar.

    I believe in this day and age, especially with our economic climate, creative SAHM's should be applauded for their ingenuity and spirit.

    The posts put out by the reps, if nothing else, has made me reconsider whether or not I want to purchase from a company who employs such short sighted people.

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  50. For all of the people on here questioning Aimee's motives regarding the so called "stealing". Um, painting was around a  long time before vinyls were. This was how they did it in the old days. She's done nothing  wrong. You're all just worried that you might lose business over it, which is ridiculous. I think you should grow up and stop being so ready to attack people. The comments made by the people standing up for Uppercase have made me want to stay as far away from that company as I can. 

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  51. I don't view this as stealing at all. No way could I justify ordering vinyls for my doors and walls on our tight budget, especially when I'm shown that I can do it myself.  I think you for the inspiration to try (and it worked out just as you said it would!  Thank you!)

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  52. Ummm...I get the whole imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and all...but this isn't imitation...it is flat out copying.  It looks like parts of that design was hand drawn by an artist or graphic designer who relies on their skill and creativity to make a living.  You didn't take that design as inspiration and create your own (which happens often in the creative world), you didn't change anything about it, it was copied exactly as it was designed and you paid nothing for that design.

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  53. Duh, isn't that what I said I did.  I suppose it would be very hard for someone to print out that font and a few swirls to the design.  Hmm...yeah...that took creativity to come up with huh.  I wonder if the "graphic designer" paid for the rights to use the font.  Doubt it.  Excuse me if I'm being snarky but this is really getting old and I have already said my peace.

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  54. Princess of the LaundryTuesday, April 03, 2012

    Very cute idea!  Thank you for sharing this idea!

    For those who are saying this is "stealing"???  Unless you are selling plantry doors out of the back of your truck, I think your safe.  LOL  Keep up the cute ideas!

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  55. Omg you are awesome! I love the vinyl decals but the customized ones are expensive! And I was just about to go buy some transfer paper but I'm glad I saw this so I can save a few more bucks! Thank you!!!!

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  56. I LOVE this and can't wait to try it. I came across a saying and have been wanting it in my daughters bedroom. I just don't want to fork out the dough to get it in the size I want. So I decided to paint it myself and found your blog. Thank you for taking (what seems to me) a daunting task and presenting it simply! I'm inspired!

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  57. Thanks a lot! My bathroomdoor has now "Intermission" written on it and i love it! I also linked your tutorial here at my blog: http://nur-noch.blogspot.de/2014/07/schriftzug-auf-holz.html#more
    I translated a short version of your tutorial to german.
    greetings,
    Ronja Lotte

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