How to paint buffalo plaid on wood the easy way

Have you ever wondered how to paint buffalo plaid on wood? If you already know how to paint plaid with any image, this tutorial will be very easy for you, especially if you do it on wood. But if you haven’t done it yet, it will be a fun time learning how to do it.

Once you learn how to do it, you can paint anything you want with this beautiful design, in different sizes and on different materials

Ready to learn how to paint buffalo plaid?

Let’s get started!

How to paint buffalo plaid on wood

Essential materials:

  • Base object (in this case I will use a wooden tray)
  • Acrylic paint or chalk paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint containers
  • Painters tape
  • Fine grain sandpaper
  • Ruler

Wood Painting Tips

Before starting, it is always good to receive some tips to avoid mistakes that may affect the final result of our work.

I always say that crafts get better with practice, and that’s why after trying a craft you always think about what you can improve for the next time you do it.

Here are a few tips on how to paint buffalo check background before we get started:

  • Chalk paint is perfect for this type of craft, but if you don’t have any you can use acrylic paint.
  • Before starting to paint with the colors you want to decorate your craft, you need to apply a few coats of white paint. Make sure to sand after each coat of paint.
  • When you apply the tape, make sure to press hard so that it fully adheres to the surface. This will help you get sharp lines.
  • If the lines are not neat at the end, you can optionally touch them up with a small brush.

How to paint buffalo plaid on wood step by step

We have come to the tutorial part to learn how to paint buffalo plaid on wood. If you already have your materials ready, all you have to do is start working.

  • Step #1:

    Run the sandpaper all over the surface (no need to sand too much, just lightly rubbing it down will suffice), wipe off the dust, and then paint the entire wooden tray with white paint.

    Depending on the base color, you may need 2 coats of white paint so that the background color does not show. Between coat and coat you should let it dry and then sand the entire surface.

    This is so that the colors you’ve chosen for the final design will show up better.

    If the background color of your buffalo painting is white you can leave it like that and continue, but if your background color is something else you can paint the background directly with that color.

  • Step #2:

    After the white paint is dry, we can start sticking on the masking tapes.

    Calculate the centimeters you want of separation between the tapes.

    One way to do this is to start with a tape in the center of the tray and then add the others to both sides, respecting the number of centimeters of separation desired.

    Another way is to start from the top edge of the surface you are using and continue gluing horizontal strips below, respecting the desired centimeters of separation.

    The important thing is to press hard so that the tape adheres correctly to the surface.

  • Step #3:

    Once the tape is well adhered, start mixing your paint colors.

    For example, if you are going to use shades of gray, put white paint in a container with a small amount of black paint to create a light gray.

    In another container, repeat the same with more black paint to create a darker gray. Lastly, add a small amount of black paint to your third container.

  • Step #4:

    Start painting the exposed parts (those without tape) with the light gray paint or its equivalent in the colors you have chosen.

    Before the paint dries completely remove the adhesive tapes. Do it carefully so that the tape does not also lift the paint and so that the adhesive tapes that you have already removed do not touch the wood to avoid stains.

  • Step #5:

    After the paint is dry, it’s time for the second round of tapes.

    This time, add strips of tape in the opposite direction as you did before. That is, if you did it vertically before, now do it horizontally.

    Press hard so that the tapes adhere to the surface.

  • Step #6:

    Paint the exposed areas with the dark gray paint or the equivalent in the color you have chosen.

    This time, while the paint dries, don’t remove the tapes.

  • Step #7:

    Once the paint is completely dry, without removing the tapes, stick the tapes again in the same place as in steps 2 and 3.

    After all the tapes are stuck in place, paint over the dark gray squares with the last color which in this tutorial would be black, but you use the equivalent in the colors you have chosen for this project.

  • Step #8:

    Without waiting for the paint to dry, carefully remove all the strips of tape you’ve attached to reveal the buffalo check pattern.

    Then let the tray rest to finish drying the paint.

  • Step #9:

    If some lines are not neat or you notice some imperfections, you can paint with a fine brush to achieve better sharpness in the lines.

It’s not difficult, right?

I hope this tutorial on how to paint buffalo plaid on wood has been useful and complete for you. Go ahead and do it!

This is such a versatile technique that once you master the basics you can apply it to different surfaces, adapting it to a wide variety of sizes.

For example, on pillows with fabric paint, on a wall, or as a background in a hanging picture.

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