IOD Gallery Episode 5

Can you guys believe this Gallery Wall Series?? We are having a blast seeing all of the wall pieces you guys are making as you follow along! We’ve got a new episode for you!! Do NOT feel overwhelmed, the beauty of online tutorials is that they will be ready when you are. We want these to be a wonderful blessing to you all as you beautify your spaces. Thank you for sharing all of the love and encouragement about this series, we’re SO GLAD you are loving it as much as we are!


Here are some stills of this project and scroll down for the link to find your IOD Stockist!

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To start at the beginning of the IOD Gallery Wall Series and get the plywood cut plan for the complete wall, please see this post. Or, if you want to WATCH the complete Gallery Wall Series, click here.

This post contains a few affiliate links to help you find the products we use. You’re not charged extra to use any of the links, but the few dollars we make will be used toward creating more IOD video tutorials.

Here is a list of all the products you will need to get started:

Bohemian Border Piece:

23.5″ x 30″ sande smooth plywood board

Coarse sandpaper

Cream paint

3″ painters tape



Square ruler


Charcoal grey paint

Light grey wash from paint (using the same charcoal paint, add water to create a wash!)

Small chinsel brush

IOD Distress Decor Stamp

IOD Kindest Regards Decor Stamp

IOD Bohemian Borders Decor Transfer FIND YOUR STOCKIST HERE

Clear wax

Wax brush

Shop Cloth

Small hammer

Simple picture hanger 


Prim and Trim Pieces:

5” x 6.5” and 5” x 3” sande smooth plywood boards

Coarse sandpaper

1” & 2″ painters tape



Dark grey paint

Light grey wash from paint (using the same charcoal paint, add water to create a wash!)

Small chinsel brush

IOD Prim and Trim Décor Transfer FIND YOUR STOCKIST HERE

Clear wax

Wax brush

Shop cloth 

Small hammer

Simple picture hanger


Begin with your 23.5″ x 30″ section of the sande smooth plywood board, and be sure to sand the edges with coarse sandpaper. Paint the front and sides of the plywood pieces with your cream paint. Use a pencil and ruler to mark 1” in from the edges of the large board all the way around. Place your 3” painters tape on the inside of this line, and use a boxcutter and corner ruler to trim the edges of the tape for nice, clean corner angles!

On your 5” x 6.5” plywood piece, use a ruler to mark ½” all the way around from the sides and apply your 1” painters tape to the inside of this line. Use the boxcutter and corner ruler again to trim the edges of the tape.

Take your 5” x 3” plywood piece for the tiniest Prim and Trim piece, and place a strip of 2” tape directly in the center. You’ll notice there is about ½” on either side of the tape. Use a ruler to measure ½” from the ends of the plywood and trim the ends of the tape.

On all three pieces, paint outside of the tape and on the sides of the plywood with a dark charcoal paint to create a frame, and be sure that the tape is flat so the lines are sharp!

Now comes the transfer… Using our gridlines as a guide, cut the Bohemian Border transfer to perfectly fit within the tape. Align the transfer with the bottom section of the board above the masking tape. (Note: we recommend letting the paint dry for at least 24 hours before applying the transfer!) Using the provided applicator, apply your transfer to the board. Make sure all pieces of the transfer are pressed to the board with clean hands, and burnish it with a dry shop cloth.

While we’re in transfer mode, let’s get started on the Prim and Trim pieces! Select the transfer section you would like to use for the larger plywood piece, and cut the transfer to fit within the masking tape. On the smallest board, remove the tape completely and use the transfer’s gridlines to measure a transfer section that fits within the grey frame. Apply the transfer section to the boards, use clean, dry hands to press any lifting sections down, and burnish with a dry shop cloth.

Now that the transfers are applied, we are going to use a light grey wash in the cream sections of the pieces! (Tip: use a damp shop cloth to wipe down the cream colored sections above the transfers before you add your wash). Brush the wash on brusquely, and use the damp shop cloth to wipe or blot it off right away.

Once the wash on the Bohemian Border piece is dried, use our IOD Distressed Décor Stamp to apply a subtle texture to the piece. After applying the distressed stamp, use your charcoal grey paint with our IOD Kindest Regards Décor Stamp for even more interest above the Bohemian Border transfer!

Almost complete! Using a sanding square, gently distress the pieces for a vintage feel. Pull the tape off, and seal the pieces with a clear wax coat. Using a small hammer, apply a simple picture hanger to the back of your pieces and hang them on your growing gallery wall!

Here are all the other IOD Gallery Wall tutorials in this series:

IOD Gallery Wall Episode 1

IOD Gallery Wall Episode 2

IOD Gallery Wall Episode 3

IOD Gallery Wall Episode 4

IOD Gallery Wall Episode 6

IOD Gallery Wall Episode 7

IOD Gallery Wall Episode 8 

IOD Gallery Wall Episode 9

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  1. Norma J Woodland on June 28, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    OMG…I LOVE your episode 4 creations!!! Could you please tell me what colors of paint you used and which decals? So splendid. Want to make one! You two rock!

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on July 8, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Norma, I am so happy to hear you loved our episode 5 pieces!! Sally and Josie used a charcoal grey paint for the “frame”, and mixed it with water to create a wash. You can find the whole product shopping list above! Be sure to join our thriving and supportive creative tribe community for help and encouragement here. We would love to see your finished projects shared in this group! Happy creating!

  2. Norma J Woodland on June 28, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Opps, I meant Episode 5! With the one big one and two little ones! Boho borders, etc.

    • Devonda Youngkin Devonda Youngkin on June 28, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      Hi there, Norma! The wonderful IOD Sisters used:

      Bohemian Border Decor Transfer (33″x12″) by Iron Orchid Designs

      Prim and Trim Decor Transfer (24″x33″) by Iron Orchid Designs

      Distressed Decor Stamp by Iron Orchid Designs

      Kindest Regards Decor Stamp by Iron Orchid Designs

      Art Brayer by Iron Orchid Designs

      ~Vonda from The Painted Heirloom

  3. Anonymous on June 29, 2019 at 9:56 am

    You girls have no idea what a blessing you are❤ 2 years ago after much prayer, I quit a very well paying job to do what I love… painting furniture… creating… All seemed to be good then… my healthy as a horse husband had a heart attack, my elderly mother had a critical health issue & came to live with us, requiring 24 hr care, my husband retired (😊❤😳) our youngest daughter came within minutes of dying while giving birth to our 15th grandbaby (Praise God He had the right people in the right place at the right time) … as in everyone else’s life at times… life has been HARD these past couple of years. Oh but the blessings far out number the trials! I’ve said all this so that you REALLY understand when I say you are a blessing to me. Here and there, if only for a few minutes, I can slip off to the porch with my coffee ( this Alabama wear the air is gonna force me to drink it iced😁) find your videos, laugh, learn, be encouraged and just recharge. Your products are awesome! And so are yall! Keeping you & your families in my prayers as you live His plan for you. I’m blessed to be a part of it, even through social media❤

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on July 8, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Hi there, thank you so much for such kind words! I am so happy and honored to hear that our videos and products are blessings to you, and bring you joy through your trials. Thank you for keeping our families in your prayers, and please know that you (and other creatives in our tribe) are an absolute blessing to us!

      We would love you to keep in touch and share your own creations in our Facebook creative tribe, which you can join here. This is an uplifting and inspiring group full of helpful creatives!
      Happy creating!

  4. amanda B on December 29, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    what chalk paint do you use for your projects.. It has such great coverage..

  5. IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on December 30, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Hey Amanda,

    There are so many quality ones to choose from, we use many brands and end up mixing colors, Are you part of the creative tribe? It is a great resource for ideas on what works best for the project you are working on.

    Thank you

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