Name Frame DIY

Good Monday all. What a fantastic weekend! So much was done. We hiked with great friends, visited a wonderful young lady, ate RIDICULOUS food (more on that in another post) and helped my mom out with a little project. In fact we will share this project with you.

My mom wanted to bring a little bit of blue into this room.

She loves the color blue and missed it. However this room does not lend itself very well to a cool color. As you can see it is a quite warm colored room. So she came up with a fabulous solution, as seen below.

Isn’t that great! It is a perfect way to bring in some blue, without messing up the whole vibe of a great room. Plus now if we ever forget whose house we are in we can look and remember, “oh yeah, I’m at the Romriell’s!”

Parts of this project she completed on her own, ahead of us. So I do not have pictures of that. I do have pictures of when we came in. So lets begin.

The red wall is made of Venetian Plaster, so to stay with the look, she bought some blue Venetian Plaster and just plastered right on top of the red. Now the plaster usually only comes in a gallon size, so that is pretty pricey of an item for just a little spot. However she is also redoing her laundry where she is using the rest of the plaster. So it turned out perfectly! Once the plaster was finished with all its requirements, she bought a black frame and placed it on the wall like so.

Very nice. This is where Dan and I came in. My mom recently had knee surgery and so could not complete the project on her own. She wanted the family (my former) name on the wall in 3D letters. She had already purchased the letters from Hobby Lobby and spray painted them black. They were originally gold and paisley. They turned out like so.

She asked if we could hang them up for her. Which of course we said yes! However, it is much easier said then done. Each letter had to be spaced and placed correctly with tiny little nail holes on the back of each letter. A daunting task if you don’t read this blog. Young House Love is where I learned about making a stencil. I cannot imagine why I never thought of this on my own before! However I read this post just in time to do this project. Phew! A little bit of new knowledge saved the day, making a potentially tricky project rather easy.

First step was I traced the basic shape out for each letter. Trying to square them out as much as possible, this comes in handy for spacing later on.

Once that was done, I cut out the outside lines, or squared lines, not sure how to explain it better. And flipped the letter over.

I placed the paper I cut out onto the back, using the outline of the letter itself to line it up as close as possible. I then used a pencil to make a hole where the nail opening was on the letter.

I did this to each letter until I had something like this.

A little white square with holes in it for each letter. Once that was complete we laid it all out to determine how much space the letters took.

Then Dan did some measuring.

First he measured the width of the blue space, then he measured the width of the name letters. Blue – letters \ 2 = space you need on both sides. He also did that for the height, using the tallest letter.

Once the numbers were crunched it was time to lay down some pencil lines.

Once the lines for where the first and last letter should land, we placed our little paper stencils on the wall with some tape like so.
This allowed us to see how it would look before doing any major damage. We used this moment to straighten letters, do some kerning and make sure we were on the right track. Once we were satisfied we used the holes as a guide for our nails.

We just put a nail in each hole we poked earlier. Dan likes to be extra careful so he did a test run and hung the letters up before removing the paper. Which actually ended up being a good idea, as we ended up needing to make a couple more adjustments.

Once we had finished further messing with it we ripped the paper off the nails and Voila!

But…I still was not satisfied. It needed just a little more Something. So I ran to my computer, found the right font and did this.

I printed it off and made a carbon transfer on the back. “How do you do that Tannie?” Well it is really quite tricky and only the most advanced artist should even attempt to do it.

I cut the text down to size and then took a pencil and scribbled all over the back.

I taped it up to see exactly where I wanted it, then traced over the top leaving a perfect copy on the wall.

As you can see it is pretty advanced stuff? Seriously though, that is my favorite trick. I use it all the time for things that I need to transfer, but don’t have a light table, or other way to do it.

Then I took black paint, painted it in and done!

That was just the right touch needed to make it complete. I know that the kerning is still not perfect. And if I had done this on my computer it would be, however it will have to do.

Lets see the good after picture one more time.

Very nice. Thanks Mom for the fun project!

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