Accent Wall: DIY Buffalo Check Wall

by | Jan 22, 2017

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I am so excited to share my version of a Buffalo check patterned wall with you that I can’t even wait for the entire nursery installation.  The nursery design is by Katy Mimari, owner of Caden Lane and Nursery Couture, and will be revealed soon…but for now….I will share with you my wall!

Things you will need:

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  • Paint (usually 4 colors but I only used 3)
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure (I actually used a 12″x12″ piece of scrapbook paper)
  • Level (mine had a laser light)
  • Painters Tape
  • Roller
  • Roller Tray
  • Paint Brush (for cutting in)
  • ladder
  • drop cloth
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You will need to paint your entire wall a base color. This wall was already painted a base of gray which was part of the design plan so I was able to cut out that step.

I then began in the top left corner with a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock scrapbook paper (because we wanted the squares to be 12″ each….you can make them any size you want).  I traced the square…and then moved it to the right along the ceiling line marking 12″ with it.  I then moved down the left wall edge and marked 12″ with it again.

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Next….I used my handy little laser level to shoot a beam across the wall from each marked edge to tape my horizontal lines.  I didn’t even draw the line….I just taped the wall where the light beam was.

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Here is how the wall looks with my taped lines.

IMPORTANT NOTE: when taping stripes remember to tape outside your marked line on every other row.  When you look at the photo below you will notice every other line is fat/skinny/fat/skinny.

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You then paint your second color by filling in the fatter horizontal lines shown below.

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I then removed the tape and was ready to begin my vertical lines. I prefer to move my tape while the paint is still wet/damp.  There is less chance of pulling paint off the wall when you do this.

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Let those stripes dry and begin the vertical stripes.  (hint: I used a heat gun to dry my paint faster!).

Once again I used my laser level to shoot the beam down vertically from my pre-marked lines across the ceiling edge….and taped.   I painted the 3rd color filling in the fat lines.

I mentioned using a 4th color…but this was not necessary for us with this color scheme.  Usually….a 4th color…. is painted over the square space where the two darker colors cross over each other (here it would be the navy and gray intersection).  This would make it appear darker than where it crosses over the white.  But because our navy and white are so contrasting…..where they intersect was much lighter naturally….and offered two colors of navy already!

I know that sounds really confusing…..I’m just hoping you follow.  LOL!

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And here it is!!!!  My Tracey’s Fancy version of a DIY:Buffalo Check Plaid Accent Wall!  Isn’t it fabulous???? And I can’t begin to tell you how easy this was!  I worked completely alone…and INCLUDING dry time….it took me exactly 4 hours to complete.  The design plan for this nursery is being done by Katy Mimari, owner of Nursery Couture/Caden Lane….and it is adorable!  I predict it will be a huge hit for expecting Mommas of baby boys!  I’m honored to be a part of it.  I will also be painting a fabulous dresser for this space….and the wall art for above the crib.  I can’t wait to share Katy’s blog with you once it is completed!

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To be honest though….this wall is so versatile!  I can see it as an accent wall in a bathroom, office, library or sitting room!  I would love to do a black/white/gray version…..OR even better….a hot pink/coral/white version for a little girls room!!!

You can also use this same technique to paint an accent wall of just stripes! PERFECT STRIPES!

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You may also want to check out my quick video snap of how to paint perfect lines every single time! (I did not use this technique on this project because the home owner did not have any of the basecoat paint left over…and I wish she had!!  I had slight bleed around my tape and had to go back with a tiny brush to clean up and make sharp edges)

You can also check out my super popular wood plank accent walls here….

And if you are in the market for a feature piece to put ON your accent wall…check out my large wall art in my Etsy shop here…

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XOXO,

Tracey

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15 Comments

  1. Nicole

    I’ve been waiting to see this and am NOT disappointed! It’s even better than I imagined and just goes to show that, once again, TraceysFancy can do anything you can dream up!!

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    • Tracey Bellion

      You are way too kind Nicole! But I’m super glad you like it! Thank YOU!!!

      Reply
  2. amy

    This is absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait to do it in my spare bedroom. Thank you.

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thank you Amy!!! I would love to see photos of your spare bedroom if you do!!!!

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  3. Sarah Rippel

    This looks amazing! Can you share what type of paint you used and what colors they were?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thank you Sarah! I appreciate you being here! I am happy to share the paints with you but need to check in my shop for those colors! I’ll be in touch!

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  4. Jessi

    Which paint finish did you use? Flat, eggshell, semi-gloss?

    Thanks!

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  5. Morgan mellott

    Tracey,

    I am in love with this bedroom theme. I just found out that my husband and I are having a baby boy. I would also to know what paint colors you used.

    Reply
  6. Steph

    LOVE this accent wall. So gorgeous! Curious what colors of grey and blue you picked for the buffalo plaid. It’s simply amazing.

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  7. Janice

    So beautiful ! I’m just not sure what u mean by taping outside ur marked lines I would also like to know what paint colors u used I don’t have a good eye for that stuff and ur choices were fantastic!

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    • Tracey Bellion

      THank you Janice. I can’t believe I did not list the colors in the blog….and I have no idea at this point what they were. I would be happy to assist you in choosing colors if you’d like. Feel free to email me at tbellion@hotmail.com.

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  8. Melissa

    Hi there!! I am wanting to know what grey is used here?!! I’m redoing my sons room and really love this wall!!! I just found your blog here and am saving to follow you!!

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  9. Debbie

    I think I’d like this IF…you’d used a 2nd coat +, (of the black paint), so you can’t see thru the black.

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  10. Sarah

    Hi! My son just moved out and I am redecorating his room. It already has dark navy horizontal stripes. Do you think I could do vertical stripes over them in gray? Would it work in that “inter sectional” area?
    Thanks!

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  11. Jillian Fileccia

    Hi, can you share what the paint colors are. Thank you

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