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…:)
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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Paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement (white), Coal Black, and Chocolate HERE
Paint used: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement (website link)
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.
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.
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.
9. Move the stencil into a new position, using the pattern for alignment.
Colour shown above: Coal Black
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
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
The bench first received a fresh coat of Fusion Mineral Paint’s Fort York Red.
2. Large Buffalo Check was positioned in the centre of the bench (important!), then stenciled with Coal Black.
I also like to dampen the brush with water, then dry before adding paint. It helps the paint glide off the brush smoother.
This is why centring Buffalo Check was so important.
4. Tape stencil into position.
6. Stencil the thin lines heavier in the centre, then fading out towards the edges.
Fading will create seamless joins.
White – Casement
7. Once paint on the project AND back of the stencil is dry, move the stencil and repeat until pattern is complete.
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.
I dare you. Look around your own home. What would you like to Plaid Shirt up right about now?
Find Plaid Shirt plus all the stencils HERE
Tutorial with Buffalo Check HERE
Tutorial with 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.