It all started with this gorgeous Gypsy QueenTransfer from the creative sister team of Iron Orchid Decor. They have created these AMAZING and ADDICTIVE products for use crafters, furniture painters, and DIYers. I seem to find fun new ways to use these products all of the time!!! #obsessed
So back to the transfer, When I saw this beauty I knew I wanted to have her somewhere in my home. I was actually inspired by one of my clients who applied the transfer on her bathroom door, can I say, such a great idea! Once she had her up she started calling her previous bathroom a boudoir because the Gypsy Queen makes you feel kinda fancy. So I decided my bathroom needed a little Gypsy flair as well. The only question was where and how.
I have many many signs out of cut plywood and pine but I didn’t feel like this was good enough for the Gypsy Queen. She did not approve 🙂 But perhaps if I added a bit of Luxe to my handmade sign then maybe this would be up to her standards.
I wanted to find the right project to try some metallic foil transfers that I had on hand and thought this just might be perfect.
So I had a plan and there was an empty wall space in our bathroom that needed some love.
So I started gathering my supplies. In this photo is the Gypsy Queen Transfer, almond and Bronze Rose Foils and Champagne Glaze Couture and Copper Charmeuse Gilding wax. I din’t end up using all of these products but sometimes you have to start out with an idea but then go with the flow……..
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- 8 1×4 cut to 36″ length
- 3 1×3 cut to 36′ length
- 1×2 cut to 24″ length (Used on the back of sign)
- IOD Decor Gypsy Transfer
- Wood Glue
- Wood Screws
- Paint Couture in the following colors: Arctic White, Polynesian Pink, Baltic Black
- Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
- Hand saw and miter box or
- Black & Decker Matrix Tool with Trim Saw Attachment
- D-ring picture hangers Heavy Duty
- Frames Hanging Wire
- Ook Hook
- Couture Top Coat
- Metallic Foils- For this project, I used Roses-Bronze Foil & Almond Foil
- Foil Transfer Gel
To get more info about the foils please visit Artistic Painting Studo
First Step! You will want to sand down all of your boards. If you want a more rustic texture you could possibly skip this step but at minimum you will want to sand off some areas that may splinter.
I wanted to paint or foil all of my boards before putting them together.This was the fun part. I got to choose several paint colors, glazes and foils. I painted the majority of the boards with Arctic White and the rest Polynesian Pink & Baltic Black. I used Black Chiffon Glaze Couture over the pink boards to tone down the pink. Here’s a silly video of me painting the boards in my studio 🙂
So let’s chat about foils. They are MUCH shinier than any metallic paint I have used and if you want a super shiny metallic finish then you want to use foils for your project. You can use them on furniture, crafts or a Gypsy Queen sign 🙂 Anyway, they are pretty awesome! Yes, you can purchase them at the big box craft stores but let me ask you, Do they have bronze rose or leopard foils? I think not. Here are some photos of Artistic Painting Studio foils.
They are pretty easy to work with. You want to under paint your surface because the foils will not fully cover your surface.
You can choose a contrasting color or a color that is similar to your foil color. For example, you can paint your surface with a silver paint and the apply the silver foil over it. I choose to go with more of a contrast. I painted some of the boards black and some white. The almond foils looked best over these colors. The bronze rose foils looked best over black.
After under painting your boards you apply a foil transfer gel and wait until it feels tacky, normally about 15 minutes or so. Then you are ready to apply your foils. You want the pretty side facing up. Place over your tacky area and pull up. Place back down to get more of the foil to transfer if needed. Repeat until you have the look you are going for.
Note your boards will feel tacky after applying and will not dry. This is why you will need to apply a top coat.
Here is a simple little video.
Let’s make a sign. There are no serious power tools involved I pinky swear!!!
The Gypsy Transfer measures approximately 23″ Wide X 34″ Tall. So I wanted my overall sign to be around 24″x36″. So I cut the length of all of my 1x4s and 1×3’s.
As a side note, I choose to use both 1×4’s and 1×3’s for two reasons: First, I thought the variety of different size boards would be more interesting to look at and secondly I was able to get the perfect width for my design. Remember that the true width of the boards are not 4″ or 3″, they are always a bit smaller. I measured the boards and then calculated how many I would need based on their actual measurements.
Here’s how I put all of the boards together. The 1×2’s I purchased were already 24’s wide so no need to cut them. YAY!!! I placed my boards face down in the order I wanted them. Next, I applied wood glue to the backs and placed them on the back of my boards and secured them with vice grips. Then I used wood screws to secure the boards.
Quick tip, make sure your screws are not too long by holding them along the edge. Does the screw reach to the front of your project? If so it’s too long.
Now it’s time to apply the Gypsy transfer. Here’s a Facebook live I did to demo this step. But basically, you remove the backing and place your transfer in place. Then you use the black transfer stick and rub until it’s fully transferred. If there is an area that is not adhering just place it back down and keep rubbing.
Isn’t she a beauty! She really added a luxe fancy factor to our boudoir 🙂 I also updated this wooden tray so that it would be more up to the standards of the Gypsy Queen.
I painted the tray with Arctic White and used Iron Orchid Decor Stamps add the swag, monogram, and est. details. I LOVE these stamps and find myself using them for so many projects. I love having the flexibility to customize it exactly the way I want too.
I hope I have inspired you to add a little Gypsy Luxe to your life!
I love that saying, ” Blame it on my gypsy soul”