How to stencil a Buffalo Check pattern ANY surface with this stencil!
Love a cozy Buffalo Checked pattern too? Here’s a helpful step-by-step guide to paint this cozy plaid pattern on any surface easily with this stencil!
I’ve LONG loved the Buffalo Check or Buffalo Plaid look. Few patterns offer the look of a truly cozy flannel shirt like this pattern does, don’t you think?
However, creating this cozy pattern by hand can get complicated. Tape lines with painters tape is certainly possible!
But is there an easier way out there without losing patience while attempting taped horizontal lines and vertical lines?
Imagine a way to add a Buffalo Check or buffalo plaid trend to any of your home decor projects in minutes instead of hours!
Well, I’ve got some good news for you.
There IS an easy way to DIY a buffalo plaid look on any surface you desire, thanks to this family of Buffalo Check stencils!
A special thank-you.
First off, I’d like to publicly thank my blog buddy Carlene from Organized Clutter for this stencil pattern idea, because it was a good one!
Carlene also loved the look and suggested I come up with a Buffalo Check stencil so anyone could add this cozy pattern to any project desired!
So that’s what I did.
I won’t lie. This stencil was involved to create. The amount of detail that was needed to get a truly authentic buffalo check look took many hours and trials. But I’m happy to report, it got done, and now anyone can Buffalo Check to their heart’s content!
Pay a visit and view this astounding collection of Buffalo Checked projects Carlene has made with this stencil HERE!
So! Here’s a run down on where to find the stencils, how to use them, and project ideas you can make.
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How to Buffalo Check ANY surface with this stencil!
About the Buffalo Check Stencils
Buffalo Check from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils is a highly detailed pattern stencil made out of a durable 10 mil mylar, that comes in a variety of sizes so you can achieve different plaid effects.
3. Buffalo Check – Long – original 22″ (only avail near Christmas)
Companion stencils for more effects
Fringe (sold separately) is a Buffalo Check companion that creates a table runner effect along the edges to Buffalo Check Original.
This Plaid Shirt stencil is a 2-piece plaid pattern stencil that is scaled the same as Buffalo Check Medium, so you have the ability to layer on more plaid effects right on top of Buffalo Check!
Supplies to stock:
Your desired project
Paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement (white), Coal Black, and Fort York Red
Paint brushes – to paint first coats on projects
So let’s start with a 1 color, 1 layer pattern first on this little round table project.
Black and white Buffalo Checked Table
Coat surface with paint
1. Paint your project with a coat of paint of your choice.
This first coat of paint will become one of your background colours for the buffalo plaid pattern.
Shown: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement, the perfect white.
This little metal side table was already white, but needed a fresh coat of paint. 2 coats of Casement worked perfectly!
Add another base coat if needed.
Then allow the paint to fully dry before stenciling.
Center stencil on project
2. Position the Buffalo Check stencil in the middle of your project, then secure with a piece of tape or 2 so the stencil doesn’t shift around.
How to stencil with no paint bleed
3. Stencil the image in black.
- Select a larger sized stencil brush (over 1″) for the most even coverage.
- Load brush with paint, then remove most onto a rag. The brush should feel dry.
- Walk your fingers along where you are stenciling.
- Tap or swirl brush through the larger empty squares first. This helps to dry the brush more.
- To stencil the thin lines, gently swipe in the direction of the lines for the cleanest look.
- Repeat steps until coverage is complete.
I love the weathered finish this one took on!
You can learn more about how to stencil HERE.
How to continue the pattern
4. Ensure the underside of the stencil is dry before continuing.
5. Continue the pattern by lifting the stencil, then lining up the stencil to a painted area, overlapping along the edges of both until they match.
As long as the pattern matches, you are good to go!
6. Keep stenciling until your entire surface is covered.
The finished table
Works pretty slick, doesn’t it?!
Using a black and white color scheme is how to use this never out of style, trendy look year around!
So this stenciling was done on a pre-painted surface. Let’s try on bare wood next, which is even easier!
Buffalo Check on wood grain
Stenciling this pattern on top of bare wood grain looks so unbelievably cool and even easier to do!
Reason being, bare wood allows paint to soak in, so your stenciled outcome will be even crisper.
How to stencil to achieve crisp images
1. Tap or swirl paint on large squares first.
2. Then gently swipe in the direction of the thin lines.
The buffalo plaid outcome is outstanding each and every time!
Buffalo Check on painted tote
This more traditional red and black color combo turns out so well, and couldn’t be simpler to create!
Shown: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Fort York Red
2. After red is dry, apply the Buffalo Check pattern using black paint.
Isn’t the outcome outstanding?!
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
Plaid Shirt (a 2 piece plaid stencil kit) is designed to mix and match with Buffalo Check, so you can achieve even more plaid designs!
Video – How to Buffalo Check on anything!
Click above to learn how to add this cabin-cozy look to any surface with flawless results!
Spying anything in your home you could enhance with this cozy look?
Learn how to use Plaid Shirt HERE
Buffalo Check projects to make: