How to Buffalo Check ANY surface with this stencil!

Learn how to Buffalo Check any surface using this stencil, achieving exceptional results! Click to read tutorial, view projects to make and a must-watch video!

How to Buffalo Check ANY surface with this stencil!

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 to take them to an all new level…

I’ve LONG loved the Buffalo Check look. But could you imagine stenciling this festive or cabin looking pattern on any surface desired?!

So… now that can happen… thanks to this Buffalo Check stencil!

JOY Buffalo Checked Christmas sign by Organized Clutter

A special thank-you:

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View Organized Clutter’s Buffalo Checked JOY sign HERE

View all Organized Clutter’s Buffalo Checked projects HERE

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

I hope you pay a visit and view this astounding collection of Buffalo Checked projects she’s made with this stencil HERE!

So! Here’s a run down on where to find Buffalo Check, how to use it, and project ideas you can make. 

About the Buffalo Check stencil:

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Find BOTH Buffalo Check stencils HERE

Buffalo Check is a highly detailed stencil that comes in medium and large.

The projects on this post are all using medium.

Stenciling with the Buffalo Check stencil is easy! But because of the high amount of detail this stencil entails, I suggest to watch the video at the end of this post so you can learn how to stencil with it to achieve exceptional results without paint bleed.

Stencil a table runner effect with Buffalo Check and Fringe stencils by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Find Fringe stencil HERE

Fringe (sold separately) is a Buffalo Check companion so you can create a table runner effect along the edges!

So here’s how to Buffalo Check any surface with this stencil. Let’s start with a painted table top.

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How to add a black and white Buffalo Check pattern to a side table. Click to full tutorial.

Black and white Buffalo Checked Table
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Supplies I used:

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Object to stencil

Buffalo Check stencil 

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

Stencil brush

Masking tape


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

How-to:

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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. 

NOTE: The large stencil pictured has been replaced with the now 10″ x 14″.

How to add a black and white Buffalo Check pattern to a side table. Click to full tutorial.

How to add a black and white Buffalo Check pattern to a side table. Click to full tutorial.

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

Shown: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black.

Tips for best Buffalo Check results:

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  1. A larger sized stencil brush (over 1″) works best for a smoother, quicker finish.
  2. Load your brush with paint, then remove most of it off again before you begin, in order to create super crisp lines. A dry brush is key.
  3. Walk your fingers along where you are stenciling to help hold the highly detailed stencil in place.
  4. Stencil the larger squares 1st (so your brush becomes dryer).
  5. Swipe in the direction of the thin lines 2nd.

I love the weathered finish this one took on! 

You can learn more about how to stencil HERE.

How to add a black and white Buffalo Check pattern to a side table. Click to full tutorial.
How to add a black and white Buffalo Check pattern to a side table. Click to full tutorial.

4. Align like minded squares to continue the pattern.

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

How to add a black and white Buffalo Check pattern to a side table. Click to full tutorial.
Learn how to Buffalo Check any surface using this stencil, achieving exceptional results! Click to read tutorial, view projects to make and a must-watch video!
Works pretty slick, doesn’t it?!

This black and white buffalo checked look is so fresh and inviting for all season decorating!

Learn how to Buffalo Check any surface using this stencil, achieving exceptional results! Click to read tutorial, view projects to make and a must-watch video!

Buffalo Check on wood grain

This look is so unbelievably cool and even easier to do! The paint soaks into raw wood making the outcome even crisper.

For the crispest lines possible:

1. Tap paint on large squares first. (this off-loads more paint from brush)

2. Then gently swipe in the direction of the thin lines.

Learn how to Buffalo Check any surface using this stencil, achieving exceptional results! Click to read tutorial, view projects to make and a must-watch video!

The Buffalo Checked outcome is outstanding each and every time!


Learn how to Buffalo Check any surface using this stencil, achieving exceptional results! Click to read tutorial, view projects to make and a must-watch video!

Buffalo Check on painted tote

This more traditional red and black painted Buffalo Check take turns out so well, and couldn’t be simpler to create!


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
Learn how to Buffalo Check any surface using this stencil, achieving exceptional results! Click to read tutorial, view projects to make and a must-watch video!
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?!


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

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Fringe (sold separately) is a clever little add-on that offers a fringe styled edge to Buffalo Check to give you a table runner effect.

Find Fringe stencil HERE

Learn how to stencil with Fringe HERE

Learn how to Buffalo Check any surface using this stencil, achieving exceptional results! Click to read tutorial, view projects to make and a must-watch video!
Mixing Buffalo Check with Plaid Shirt

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

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

Video how-to

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Click above to learn how to Buffalo Check any surface with flawless results!

Learn how to Buffalo Check any surface using this stencil, achieving exceptional results! Click to read tutorial, view projects to make and a must-watch video!
And there you have it. How to Buffalo Check on any surface desired is easy!

Spying anything in your home you could enhance with a Buffalo Check pattern?

Buffalo Check stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

View Buffalo Check stencil HERE

Learn how to use Plaid Shirt HERE

Buffalo Check projects to make:

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Learn how to stencil this Buffalo Check checkers board with scrap wood checkers!

Make this Buffalo Check checkers board

Learn how to stencil this Buffalo Check ornament JOY sign for Christmas porch decorating!

How to make this JOY sign with Buffalo Checked ornament

Learn how to makeover a TV tray with this charming Coffee on top of a Buffalo Checked pattern!

How to use Buffalo Check –  LARGE on a tv table makeover

View all our Buffalo Check projects HERE

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19 thoughts on “How to Buffalo Check ANY surface with this stencil!

  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.

  5. Hello There,
    Oh my how I love the Buffallo check stencil..I have actually been drawing mine out on things i want to stencil..and yes it is such a long grueling process..lol..I dream of the day for a cricut..Im hoping my husband takes mercy on me and buys me a cricut for Christmas. I love all the work you do..Everything you put together always comes out so well and organized in the end..it seems everything i do is unorganized and the things i make have to be scattered about because i have so much junk..seriously..just unorganized junk..my house is too small for what i have..when my mom passed I couldnt throw her stuff out..I felt like I was throwing her away when I did and thats been over 5 years now!! Im sorry I kind of got off subject and started rambling..anywho, you need to put your buffalo check stencils on sale just for lil ole me..BAHAHAHAHAHA…HOLIDAY SALE FOR MRS HOOD…LMBO Im also the one who asked you to leave me the key to your condo in Hawaii under the plant for me..you be like dang lady..loL..JK…I love to try and find humor in every thing I do..or try to any way..Have a nice day my fellow Junkaholic..

    PSS..hmmm..I womder if they have JA Anonymous meetings for people like us??..would they have door prizes..heck yeah, i would hit every one on the block!!

    • Haha! Well, between you and me, I did a demo of the buffalo check in vinyl and I’d never do it again! The stencil is super highly detailed and mylar IS the way to go for sure on this one. Plus, it’s so good on rustic wood, something vinyl does not adhere to well.

      I know you were kidding but I’d like to explain anyway…

      The prices are based on laser cut time, so since it’s detailed, it is what it is. IMO the investment is one time and it pays for itself first use +!

      My place is total chaos when I create. I share it in that state LOTS on instagram stories. Follow me there if you don’t yet and I shall show you… haha

      https://www.instagram.com/funkyjunkinteriors/

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