Turn anything into cozy flannel with Plaid Shirt stencil

Create a fabulous layered plaid effect on anything you wish with Plaid Shirt, a stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! funkyjunkinteriors.net
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Growing up as a farmer’s daughter, one thing will never leave my memories.

My Dad was a plaid shirt fanatic. Even his good town shirts were plaid. The only time he didn’t wear plaid was when he went to church.

But I’d bet he would have if Mom let him…:)

A stenciled black and brown Plaid Shirt effect on a white stool. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
How fun is the idea of recreating the plaid of your (Dad’s) dreams on anything you wish with this funky Plaid Shirt stencil?!

Goodness… you have no idea how many times I drew this one up. All with straight long lines, more lines, less lines, fatter lines, thinner lines…

But ultimately, this easy to use 2-piece stencil set above sealed the deal. It works fabulous, and is so fun to create the plaid colours of your choice!

So let’s roll through how to use this stencil with an easy stool project…
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You’ll need: (contains some Amazon affiliate links)

Plaid Shirt stencil

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

Stencil brush

Masking tape

Pencil




white stool about to get stenciled with a plaid effect
1. Prep your project with a base coat.

Paint used: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement (website link)

This little stool was already white, however a fresh coat of Casement freshened it up, leaving a lovely matte finish.

How to stencil a plaid effect with Plaid Shirt stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
2. Mark the centre of your project with a pencil.

3. Position the ‘thin lines’ first, then mark the 4 little square registration marks with a pencil.

I like positioning this piece first, because it’s easy to spot the centre point. You can either paint this one first, or paint thick lines first… see below.

How to stencil a plaid effect with Plaid Shirt stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
4. Lift ‘thin lines’, then position ‘thick lines’, using the registration markings.

I prefer painting thick lines first, so the thin lines can overlap them. Just a design preference.

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How to stencil a plaid effect with Plaid Shirt stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
5. Slightly dampen your stencil brush, then dry it off again. This will have the paint going on a little more transparent, which works well with overlapping plaid lines.

6. Load your brush, then offload most of the paint until it’s dry to the touch. (the key to sharp lines)

7. Stencil the centre areas heavier, then fade out towards the ends.

The fading will help you continue the pattern without harsh extension lines.

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How to stencil a plaid effect with Plaid Shirt stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
8. Ensure the paint is dry to the touch on your project and on the back of the stencil.

9. Move the stencil into a new position, using the pattern for alignment.

10. Fade ‘into’ the lines to achieve an even look.

How to stencil a plaid effect with Plaid Shirt stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
11. Continue until all four sides are complete.

Colour shown above: Coal Black

How to stencil a plaid effect with Plaid Shirt stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
12. Position the thin lines stencil, using the four little registration marks you penciled in previously.

13. Place masking tape over them, and tape your stencil into position.

14. Stencil in the same manner. Heavier in the centre, fading out towards the edges.

Colour shown above: Chocolate

A stenciled black and brown Plaid Shirt effect on a white stool. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
A stenciled black and brown Plaid Shirt effect on a white stool. Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Isn’t that like the cutest thing EVER?! It was so fun to experiment in tones that matched my sofa and another cute table I made.
Red and black Buffalo Check & Plaid Shirt stencils on a wooden bench | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
How to use Plaid Shirt over top of Buffalo Check

To give you even MORE milage with this fun stencil, it’s designed to mix and match with Buffalo Check, to give you even more plaid options!

So here’s how this bench was created…

Original tutorial with Buffalo Check HERE

Red and black Buffalo Check & Plaid Shirt stencils on a wooden bench | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net

Red and black Buffalo Check & Plaid Shirt stencils on a wooden bench | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
1. Paint your base coat.

The bench first received a fresh coat of Fusion Mineral Paint’s Fort York Red.

Red and black Buffalo Check & Plaid Shirt stencils on a wooden bench | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
2. Large Buffalo Check was positioned in the centre of the bench (important!), then stenciled with Coal Black.

Red and black Buffalo Check & Plaid Shirt stencils on a wooden bench | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Tip: For a super even coat, try swirling your brush instead of tapping. Just be sure your brush is super dry to the touch for this to work!

I also like to dampen the brush with water, then dry before adding paint. It helps the paint glide off the brush smoother. 

Red and black Buffalo Check & Plaid Shirt stencils on a wooden bench | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
3. Using the 4 square registration marks, align them over the centre Buffalo Check square.

This is why centring Buffalo Check was so important.

4. Tape stencil into position.

Red and black Buffalo Check & Plaid Shirt stencils on a wooden bench | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
5. Tape over the registration marks.

6. Stencil the thin lines heavier in the centre, then fading out towards the edges.

Fading will create seamless joins.

White – Casement

Red and black Buffalo Check & Plaid Shirt stencils on a wooden bench | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
7. Once paint on the project AND back of the stencil is dry, move the stencil and repeat until pattern is complete.

Red and black Buffalo Check & Plaid Shirt stencils on a wooden bench | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Tip: Get a ‘wrapped look’ by going over squared off edges of your project.

If you find some areas hard to stencil, extend lines with painter’s tape to continue.

Buffalo Check & Plaid on side tables, with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

I dare you. Look around your own home. What would you like to Plaid Shirt up right about now? 

Stencil a Plaid Shirt effect on anything! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net

Find Plaid Shirt plus all the stencils HERE

Tutorial with Buffalo Check HERE

Tutorial with Fringe HERE


Disclosure: I was given paint to showcase on projects I make on an ongoing bases. The stencils are from my own line. I only use products I love so I can honestly endorse them. 

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  1. These are awesome and ideas are already jumping around in my head. After this move of ours and I get settled I will be back to do some shopping. I was wondering if you were coming up with something new and here it is.. Absolutely sweet!

  2. Just a “new” take with stencils. Love it. Especially am drawn to the black and white round table. Beyond cute. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I am in love with the little red bench. Where did you find that? (I am a local reader.)
    Thanks
    *Smiles*