Buffalo Check your gear with this stencil

Buffalo check stenciled toolboxes in wood tones and black and red, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.netFunky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Store
Old signs have been a love of mine for a VERY long time.

But there are just those projects that call out for a pattern of sorts, to take them to an all new level…

I mean… how about buffalo checked toolboxes?! Or on anything you wish!

Buffalo Check is now officially a stencil, so you can get this iconic look on anything you desire!

Just wait until you allow your creative mind to wander. You will want to pattern up anything that accepts paint!

I’d also like to publicly thank my blog buddy Carlene from Organized Clutter for this idea, because it was a good one!

So! Here’s a run down on how to use this stencil, along with some additional surprises to get even more out of this stencil below…

Black and white buffalo check design on top of a white side table, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net

Black and white Buffalo Checked Table
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What you’ll need: (contains some Amazon affiliate links)

Object to stencil

Buffalo Check stencil 

Paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement (white), Coal Black, and Fort York Red HERE

Stencil brush

Masking tape


Buffalo Check and Fringe sold separately | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Buffalo Check (shown above with Fringe, sold separately) measures at 10″ x 14″.

It’s the perfect mid sized pattern for both small and larger projects.

(some photos in this post showcase a larger version we have since discontinued)

Ikea white metal side table - before the Buffalo Check stencil treatment | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Coating out a metal side table with Fusion Mineral Paint's Casement before Buffalo Check stencil treatment
Coating out a metal side table with Fusion Mineral Paint's Casement before Buffalo Check stencil treatment
1. Coat your object with paint of choice.

Shown: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement, the perfect white.

This little metal side table was already white, but needed a refresh. 2 coats of Casement worked perfectly!

Desiring a more rustic finish, the paint was ‘dabbed’ onto the top to create a stipple effect. It ended up like a powder coated treatment, very cool!

Large Buffalo Check stencil in 10" x 22" by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
2. Centre the stencil.

Shown: Buffalo Check 10″ x 22″ as shown above has been replaced with 10″ x 14″.

Stenciling Fusion Mineral Paint's Coal Black on this Buffalo Check stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net

Creating a black and white Buffalo Check design on a white side table with a stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net

3. Stencil the design with a very dry brush, using a tapping motion.

Shown: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black.

For best Buffalo Check results:

– A larger sized stencil brush (over 1″) works best for a smoother, quicker finish.

– Load your brush with paint, then remove most of it off again before you begin, in order to create super crisp lines. A dry to the touch brush is key!

– Walk your fingers along where you are stenciling to help keep the highly detailed stencil into place.

– Tap the paint on starting with the bigger squares first, then transition to the thin lined squares, slightly swiping in the direction of the lines. Your brush MUST be very dry to the touch to do the small lines part.

– If you’d like a smoother more transparent effect, wet your brush with water, then dry well prior to stenciling. Try both a dry and wet brush on a test piece to see which you prefer.

I love the weathered finish this one took on! 

You can learn more about how to stencil HERE.

How to match up the Buffalo Check pattern to stencil the top of a white side table, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
How to match up the Buffalo Check pattern to stencil the top of a white side table, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net

4. Align like minded squares to continue the pattern.

Tip: Make sure your paint is dry to the touch on the back of the stencil AND your table top before continuing.

Black and white buffalo check design on top of a white side table, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Black and white buffalo check design on top of a white side table, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Works pretty slick, doesn’t it?! This look is so fresh and inviting for summery months!

Black and wood buffalo check design along the side of a branch handled wooden toolbox, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net

How to apply a buffalo check pattern on a wooden toolbox, using a swirling method, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Black and wood buffalo check design along the side of a branch handled wooden toolbox, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net

Buffalo Check on wood grain

Being a total woodaholic, I just couldn’t wait to try the pattern on this wooden tote. Oh my goodness…

For this method, the brush was dampened before adding paint, then swirled on, creating a more transparent look.

Red and black buffalo check design made with a stencil, along the side of a wooden toolbox, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
toolbox before
Coating out a toolbox with Fusion Mineral Paint's Fort York Red, to prepare for a black and red buffalo check design with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Red and black buffalo check design made with a stencil, along the side of a wooden toolbox, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net

Buffalo Check in red and black

This iconic look turns out so well, and couldn’t be simpler to create!

1. Coat out your piece in your fav red.

Shown: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Fort York Red

2. After red is dry, apply the Buffalo Check stencil using black paint.

Shown: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black

Isn’t the outcome outstanding?!

And now for two other fun additions to get more out of this stencil…

Create a table runner or tablecloth detail with the Fringe and Buffalo Check stencils, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Fringe effect for Buffalo Check

Fringe is a clever little add-on, that offers a fringe styled edge to Buffalo Check.

Think table runner, or table cloth. No need to stencil an entire coffee table top, create a runner effect instead!

Learn how to work with Fringe HERE

A vintage stool with a red and black Buffalo Check design with white plaid detail, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
Buffalo Check
and Plaid Shirt Bench Mix and Match!

Plaid Shirt (a 2 piece plaid stencil kit) was designed to mix and match with Buffalo Check, so you could achieve even more plaid like designs!

Learn how to work with Plaid Shirt and also make this bench HERE

White and black themed side table and stool, stenciled with Buffalo Check & Plaid Shirt, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
And there you have it. Proof that pattern can marry anything.

How to use pattern stencils | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Spying anything in your home you could enhance with these looks?

Create a Buffalo Check on anything with this stencil! | by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net

Find Buffalo Check plus all the stencils HERE

Tutorial with Plaid Shirt HERE

Tutorial with Fringe HERE

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Disclosure: I work with Fusion Mineral Paint to showcase projects using it and because I love the stuff. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. The stencils are from my own line.

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  1. D….

    You’re kidding me with this, right!? OH SNAP!! This might be my favorite stencil YET!! The possibilities are ENDLESS!! I can’t wait to see what you do with this.

    xo Michael

  2. Donna, I love how true you stay to your soul. You spend your time on projects that fit you. That’s so special.

    Is the red wood from the barn?
    🙂

    • Hey Kathy! Everything in this post was painted. I haven’t yet played with the red barn wood. But at least it’s now pressure washed and nails finally removed! Getting there… And thanks for the very kind words!

  3. Seriously?! Buffalo check is my favourite! Anything I see with this pattern, I buy. Now I can make my own stuff! Thanks for this!!

    **The number of exclamation points in four sentences is truly indicative of my level of excitement.

  4. Buffalo Plaid . . . I flippin LOVE this . . . okay, now I have to find something to do this on.