Saturday, February 18, 2012

"P" is for Personalize #2

Paint: How to personalize any wooden object.

Any font, any size, you can paint it.

My most popular post by far, thank you to Pinterest, is the "P" is for Personalization post where I originally showed my how-to handpaint letters onto wood.

I thought the post deserved an updated version, with much better pictures, and fresh trendy paint colors to boot!

Here's how to personalize on wood objects:

1. For this project I used my wooden trug painted Glidden sunbaked orange.
Mask off a 2.5" wide band with painters tape:

2. Paint two coats Behr lake blue:

3. Print out letters, I used American Typewriter font size 175:

4. Center lettering on blue stripe.
Using a ballpoint pen trace outline of lettering.  The pressure from the pen will create a slight indent in the wood.

Below you can see the indent left behind, you have successfully transferred the lettering onto the wood.

5. Now paint on and inside the indent:

6. Once complete, seal with clear acrylic spray gloss:

A professional look and finish for a fraction of the cost.

Now get all those boy toys and fill it up:

Or leave it empty.

Either way it's still pretty darn cute.

And a great basket type gift for Easter coming soon.

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework


  1. Yes~that would be perfect for Easter! I might have to make one of those. Thanks, Jaime!

  2. Wow! You have a nice steady hand...I just did something similar with numbers and had to fight the shakes. haha

    I sent you an email a few days ago, about a project idea I have, I heard about your blog from Cassie through another blogger friend of mine. I sounds confusing...but I'm thinking my email got stuck in your spam filter. I am working on a "pass it on" project and heard you just passed something along, so I wanted to invite you to participate in my version. If you don't have the email and want me to resend it please email me. Thanks!

  3. This is such a cute idea. I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  4. Thanks so much for sharing with us how to transfer the font to the wood. Sometimes I avoid personalizing something because I ruin the look with my less than great free hand lettering. This will be perfect! I saw your post over at Carolyn's "Homework".

  5. This is such a neat idea! Looks awesome! Dropping by from the DIY Show Off Party.

  6. so super cute come see what yummy treat I shared on my blog at

  7. Love your tutorial! I can't wait to try it on something! (Like I need a new craft project!)

  8. What a great box! Love the tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing.


  9. Thank you so much!
    what type of brush and paint do you use for the letter. how do you keep your hands steady?


  10. Yes I would also like to know what type of paint brushes you use. I have used your ideas before, I have seen a few on pinterest I like to paint things such as this and have always wondered. I am trying to find some brushes (not too expensive though) :) thanks

  11. Fabulous directions. Just one suggestion. Wait as long as you can for the paint to cure before putting the sealer on to avoid bleeding and streaking. Try a week if you can.

  12. Fabulous directions. Just one suggestion. Wait as long as you can for the paint to cure before putting the sealer on to avoid bleeding and streaking. Try a week if you can.

  13. Thank you SO much!! Seems everyone is able to use vinyl these days and I don't have that option unless I buy it every time. Thank you for this simple and great alternative!!! SO excited to try this today!

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  15. Hi, Was wondering where did you find the American Typewriter font, and how did you get it to 175 pt. I've got it but cannot get it past 72. It could be my word program, but I didnt know if you downloaded it in a larger size.

    1. I think if you just type in the number you want in the font size

  16. Hi!
    I just found your blog!
    Am your newest follower....
    What paint brush do you use for lettering?
    You've got me stumbling around my house, wondering what to brand.....

  17. Hi Jamie, I used your idea on my blog today... I gave you credit & linked it back to you :)


  18. U can usually do larger fonts if you type in the number instead. Just highlight the 72 then type in the size you want and hit enter. Simple as pie. I find it to be slightly difficult to paint over indented lines and not make a mess. I put newspaper behind the printed design to transfer the image outline for light colored projects. And for darker ones like this I use white sewing tracing paper. No indents. Pretty much the same idea

  19. I saw this on pintrest and have been wanting to try it for awhile. Getting started tonight! Making some road signs for my garden. Tonight I try The Shire. THANKS!!!! I'll link to you if it all turns out.

  20. This tutorial was a great help for my sister-in-law's Christmas gift this year. I made a "birthdays" plaque to hang family birthdays from. It was perfect. She absolutely loved it! Thank you! I'm going to link back to your blog in my new post featuring the birthday calendar on The Versatile Momma. Thank you again!

  21. You could also use "paint" markers to fill in the name. You can find a wide variety at Hobby Lobby.

  22. You could also use "paint" markers to fill in the name. You can find a wide variety at Hobby Lobby.

  23. Thanks for the tutorial! I found it on Pinterest and just tried it last night. I linked to you on my blog:

  24. cool idea....i will try it :)

  25. Yay! You're left handed like me! Now I realize how much easier it is to paint from right to left :)

  26. If you are trying to transfer the lettering to something that will not make an indent, color the back of your paper with a soft pencil or chalk (Chalk works good on black) and then trace over your letters. The chalk or pencil will leave some residue which will give you an outline. Your letters will probably not be as precise as these that have the paint dam, but they turn out better than just free-handing them. We recently used this method on making some personalized t-shirts.

  27. Just found yiu via Pinterest! Great tutorial. I have to do a quote on a panel on an island (kitchen) that I stained for a client. If I make a mistake with the lettering (plus I am doing some stenciling and artwork) it will be difficult to repair so I think I have to have a sign maker create the quite fir me.

    But for painted projects, thus is a great idea!

    Thanks for yiur blog. I am on Long Islabd. I would love to see if I could get some local bloggers together to put our collective ideas and skills together to improve traffic to our blogs. Would you be interested?

    Good to meet you.


  28. Brillant! Thanks for this, the best ideas are always simple!

  29. That is SO cute, thank you for showing how to do it!! : )

  30. Any tips for really large letters, ones that might not fit on one sheet of paper such as one for a cornhole game board?

  31. sorry please link my comment to my email here.

  32. Great tip! Such a simple way to add the outline of the letters. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Loving the blue and orange together too

  33. How are you printing out the names? do i need a special machine? I really need these