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…
About the Buffalo Check stencil:
Buffalo Check comes in two sizes, Medium and Large.
Fringe (sold separately) is a Buffalo Check companion so you can create a table runner effect along the edges!
So let’s make a project so I can show you how it all works…
Black and white Buffalo Checked Table
What you’ll need: (contains some Amazon affiliate links)
Object to stencil
Paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement (white), Coal Black, and Fort York Red HERE
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!
3. Stencil the design with a very dry brush, using a tapping motion.
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.
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.
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.
The outcome is outstanding each and every time!
Buffalo Check on painted tote
This more traditional Buffalo Check take 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 stencil 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.
Learn how to work with Fringe HERE
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
Spying anything in your home you could enhance with these looks?
Learn how to use Plaid Shirt HERE
Learn how to use Fringe HERE
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.