Isn’t it really annoying when you have an awkward space and you just can’t find anything to fit it? Especially when it’s wall space? I mean art can be so expensive can’t it? Especially if you like it oversized and in your face like I do. So what do we do with these most annoying areas? The ones that taunt you every time you pass by? Whispering over and over at you how unloved they look. And equally your bank balance is yelling above the said whispering that it doesn’t care how much you need to get your post New Year creativity on. You bloody well can’t afford a shopping spree! And you’re already on beans and toast and value beans at that! This is exactly where I find myself with the area next to my kitchen bin. No one really sees it apart from me. But it’s an awkward space and not particularly attractive! I mean it’s where the bin lives and yet I always feel the space has more to offer. And then inspiration hit in the form of gold leaf wall letters, check out my DIY to create your own.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR YOUR DIY GOLD LEAF WALL LETTERS
Imitation Gold Transfer Leaf
SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW TO CREATE YOUR DIY GOLD LEAF WALL LETTERS
First and foremost decide on A. Which letter you would like to use, and then B. What size you would like it. I’ve gone for an ‘E’ just because our surname begins with it.
Once you’ve made your choices it’s time to draw your letter. I googled ‘wall letter E’ to get inspiration on the design and style.
Once you’ve drawn your letter cut it out using the scissors. And then spray the back of your letter with spray mount. Once it becomes tacky stick it to the wall and use your spirit level to check that it’s straight.
Don’t worry if it isn’t, the beauty of spray mount is that you can reposition the template again and again and again! It stays tacky for literally hours and won’t damage the paper or your walls either.
Once you’re happy with the position of your letter, draw around the template with the pencil and then remove the template from the wall.
Then using your paintbrush carefully paint the gold size inside your pencil lines.
Once you’ve applied your gold size leave it to go tacky. You know when it’s ready to start gilding when it feels really sticky to the touch and your fingerprint remains visible.
Once the Size has reached optimum tackiness it’s time to start gilding!
Take your first sheet of imitation gold transfer leaf and apply it face down onto the gold size. And then gently rub the backing paper to ensure the leaf is well and truly stuck to the wall.
Now carefully peel the backing paper away from the wall. And Voila!! The gold leaf will stay attached where it has come into contact with the gold size.
Carry on adding your gold leaf one sheet at a time and be sure to slightly overlap each sheet so you don;t have any gaps!
Once all the size is covered with gold leaf you might feel a bit panicky! It look a right old mess doesn’t it?? No fear, the next bit is the most fun!
Let the fun commence!
Using your soft brush (cheap blusher brushes work well) gently flick back and forth over the gold leaf in multiple directions. The excess leaf will start to lift away leaving only your design behind in all its glory!
And don’t worry too much if some areas are missing gold leaf. Just add a bit more as the gold size will still be sticky.
Keep polishing and polishing with your soft brush until all the excess leaf has been whisked away and then stand back to admire your handiwork!
Finally, leave your fabulous work of art for 24 hours to allow the size to completely dry and then add a coat of high gloss varnish. Please don;t forget this step. Because we’ve used imitation gold leaf (which is way cheaper than the real stuff) it will tarnish over time if it doesn’t have a protective coat over the top of it.
Well the kitchen makeover is just about finished now. Or is it? If you’re anything like me just when you think you’ve completed a room a new idea pops into your head! So what do you think to the gold wall letter? Likey Likey?? Or Not so much!! I’d love to hear your thoughts. As always I love your feedback and any comments are always; A. a welcome surprise and B. gratefully received! Have I inspired you to give gilding a go? Why not tag me on Instagram with your gilding projects and I’ll share my favourites in my stories.