How to Paint a Buffalo Check Pattern
A wow-worthy buffalo check pattern is surprisingly simple to paint. The four-step process only requires three coordinating paint shades and a handful of simple tools, making it the perfect weekend project.
Before You Start: Select Stripes
There's a secret formula for finding the perfect color combination for your buffalo check. Start by choosing the shade of your dark stripe (this room uses "Hale Navy" from Benjamin Moore). For the medium stripe, ask your paint dealer to mix the dark color at 25 percent. For the light stripe, mix one part of the medium paint color with one part white paint.
- White paint
- Metal ruler
- Light stripe paint shade
- Medium stripe paint shade
- Dark stripe paint shade
- 2-inch angled brush
- Painters tape
Step 1: Measure and Level
Apply white paint as a base coat to walls; let dry. Use a metal ruler, a level, and a pencil to mark vertical and horizontal lines spaced 4 inches apart.
Step 2: Paint Light Lines
Choose light, medium, and dark shades of one color. Use a 2-inch angled brush to freehand paint alternating horizontal lines in the lightest paint color. Let dry. For super crisp lines, use painters tape to outline stripes before painting.
Step 3: Paint Medium Lines
Use a 2-inch angled brush to freehand paint the vertical lines in the medium paint color. Let dry.
Step 4: Fill in the Dark
Use painters tape to mask off the center squares where vertical and horizontal lines intersect. Paint these squares the darkest paint color.