Happy Cyber Monday friends! With Thanksgiving and Black Friday under our belts, I thought a Christmas style makeover was in order… and this one is a charmer! I’ve been wanting to try Buffalo Plaid for months now. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing it everywhere! Clothes, home decor, dishes, even dog wear. I just bought my Gidgy a Pink and Black Buffalo Check jacket and it’s sooooo cute!
Anyway, I don’t know about you but when I’m trying a new technique, I don’t want to take the chance on something BIG so this salvaged vintage washstand was the perfect piece to experiment on.
Here’s the before and after…. I couldn’t wait to share this one so the wax isn’t totally buffed — but I think it still looks Christmas-licious…
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HOW TO PAINT BUFFALO PLAID IN 5 EASY STEPS::
After giving this vintage washstand a thorough cleaning and letting it dry, I sanded the piece and removed all the dust. Then I applied two coats of BIN Shellac Primer to cover stains and then applied 2 coats of my base color.
Step #1:: Paint A Base Coat
Your basecoat can be ANY color you like. I painted mine in Barn Red.
Step #2:: Lay Down Tape and Paint Stripes
After applying my base color, I laid my green painters tape in a diagonal pattern across the drawer. To create those perfect looking lines:
- lay down a piece of tape
- lay down another piece of tape to the right and left of the first piece with edges aligned
- remove the middle piece and repeat
Step #3:: Paint Stripes
Step #4:: Repeat Step 2 and 3 In The Opposite Direction:
I repeated step 2 and 3 laying the tape in the opposite direction. The only thing I did differently in this step was I added some water to my 50/50 mix of Barn Red with Caviar Black to make the second set of stripes look more translucent.
Step #5:: Add in Black Plaid Checks
To add the final black checks, I laid the tape following the diagonals in both directions leaving the translucent squares exposed. Once they were all laid out, I painted the final color.
Tips – Use fast drying chalk paint if you want to save time and speed up your project.
Also, if you didn’t want to bother with laying the tape, they do sell Buffalo Plaid Stencils that would make this painting technique fast and easy. I really like this one here. It’s a good size for furniture so I might just have to buy it and give it a try. 😉
I hope this Buffalo Plaid inspires some ideas for your upcycling projects. You guys always inspire me so thank YOU!
I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR QUESTIONS AND/OR TIPS. FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends! 🙂
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