Buffalo Check your gear with this stencil

Learn how to Buffalo Check anything desired with this pattern stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! #buffalocheck #buffaloplaid #funkyjunksoldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors
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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:

Learn how to Buffalo Check anything desired with this pattern stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! #buffalocheck #buffaloplaid #funkyjunksoldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors

Find BOTH Buffalo Check stencils HERE

Buffalo Check comes in two sizes, Medium and Large.

Learn how to Buffalo Check anything desired with this pattern stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! #buffalocheck #buffaloplaid #funkyjunksoldsignstencils #funkyjunkinteriors

Find Fringe stencil HERE

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 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


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. 

NOTE: The large stencil pictured has been replaced with the now 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.

IMPORTANT:

– 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

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.

stencils buffalo check product shots-1761

The outcome is outstanding each and every time!

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 on painted tote

This more traditional 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
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

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

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

A vintage stool with a red and black Buffalo Check design with white plaid detail, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
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

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.

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

Buffalo Check stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

 

Find Buffalo Check and all other pattern stencils HERE

Learn how to use Plaid Shirt HERE

Learn how to use Fringe HERE

View all our Buffalo Check projects 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.

  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/