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How To Paint a Buffalo Check Feature Wall

How To Make Plaid Painted Walls -add some drama to any space by painting buffalo check plaid on a feature wall, easy weekend DIY project.

How To Make Plaid Painted Walls -add some drama to any space by painting buffalo check plaid on a feature wall, easy weekend DIY project.I love my dining room and thought it would be fun to add a plaid painted feature wall to create a little drama.  I love that this Buffalo Check wall is done with paint, and only took a weekend to create.  It adds so much to the room and was a great weekend DIY project.

My Colour Journey With Para Paints

How To Make Plaid Painted Walls


About a year ago, I re-decorated my dining room and changed all the dark furniture and beige walls to white -read about the big reveal here.  What a huge difference it made.  I painted the room in Para Paints JoJo Whitewash.  I have loved the clean white that’s made the room feel so bright and airy.

When I decided it was time to add a little more drama to the room, I knew I still wanted to keep the room neutral.  I have loved being able to mix and match any colour for any season.  I’ve also fallen in love with this seasons hottest trend –Buffalo Check!
How To Paint Buffalo Check walls
I feel like the black and white plaid painted wall in buffalo check are so fresh feeling.  It adds lots of interest and texture but is still neutral and goes with everything.

When it came time to choose the greys and black to go with JoJo Whitewash, Para paints sure makes Your Colour Journey easy!  I looked on-line at all their amazing colour options, and was even able to see different options and try them out as full colours in the room.  This helped me narrow down my options.  In the paint store, I used a fan deck to complete my choice.  Para makes it’s easy by putting difference shades that go together on the same paint sample.  I went with 410B, 410D, and 410G. #mycolourjourneywithParapaints


  •  PF17 JoJo Whitewash Para Paint
  •  410B Titanium Para Paint
  •  410D Grey Tote Para Paint
  •  410G Raven Wood Para Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Laser Level
  • Pencil
  • small roller and tray
  • paint brush

How To Paint a Buffalo Check feature wall

How To Make Plaid Painted Walls in Buffalo Check

Square Size

1. Start out your plaid painted walls by deciding on the size of your squares -I went with 10 inches because I wanted them to be large and have a large impact.  My walls were already painted with Para paint PF17 JoJo Whitewash, but if yours are not you’ll need to start by painting the walls in the white base colour.

Marking It Out

2.  To mark out your buffalo check pattern, use a laser level to make a straight line 10 inches down from the top of the wall, and use painters tape to mark it out.  This will give you a full square at the top of the wall.  Remember to use the tape on the outside of the first line, and then measure down from the top of it another 10 inches.  Also, remember to push your tape down firmly to help prevent the paint from bleeding underneath.

3.  Mark the second line with painters tape, taking care to place it on the inside of the stripe.  When it comes time to paint you will only paint every other stripe grey, so the tape must be on the outside of each alternating stripe to insure they’re even afterwards.  It will look uneven to begin with, and you might find it helpful to mark the stripe that is not being painted with an “X” of tape so you don’t get confused.

How To Paint a Buffalo Check feature wall

4.  Next, you will mark out the vertical lines every 10 inches.  I used a pencil to mark these, and then taped them after the horizontal stripes were painted.  Start by finding the centre of the wall vertically, and then measure 5 inches out on each side to centre your first square.  Use the laser level to create a straight line down and mark them on the wall in pencil every 10 inches apart.

Let’s Get Painting

5.  To paint your first stripe, choose your lightest shade of grey, Para paint 410B Titanium, stir it well and apply 2 coats with a small foam roller.  Letting it dry several hours in between coats.  Remove the painters tape from the horizontal stripes.

Waiting In-between

6.  I waited over night to let the first stripes dry before beginning the vertical stripes.  Begin by adding painters tape to the vertical lines that you’ve already marked out with pencil, taking care to place the tape on the outsides of the stripes again so that they are even when the tape’s removed.  Use painter’s tape to mark the stripes you are not painting with an “X” again so you don’t get confused.

How to make plaid painted walls
Because the spots where the two stripes intersect will be painted black, you can just paint the other squares to cut down on the thickness of the paint in those inserting squares.  These stripes (squares) were painted with 410D Grey Tote -two coats.

how to paint buffalo check painted plaid walls

7.  Let the Grey Tote dry for several hours or over night but do not remove the painters tape.  Add tape to the intersecting squares, again on the outside to create the 10 inch squares.  Paint these intersecting squares with 410G Raven Wood.  After two coats remove all the painters tape.

How To Paint Buffalo Check
Once all the tape is removed, you may have to do a few touch-ups in any spots where your tape wasn’t pushed down firmly enough. Remember though it doesn’t have to be perfect.  Tiny imperfections won’t be noticeable once your furniture is back in place and the room is put back together.

Top Tips For Plaid Painted Walls:

A few little tips I’d suggest -be sure to push down your tape firmly so that the paint doesn’t bleed underneath.  Also be sure to use a laser level.  If you don’t have one see if you can borrow one from someone for this job.  The laser level makes marking out the lines SO much easier than it would have been with a regular level.

And, if you can get a friend to help you it goes so much quicker with two people to mark out the lines.  One person can set up the level each time and the other can tape, or hold a long straight edge on the wall for marking out the pencil lines.

One other consideration -when you’re taping over the fresh paint you want the fresh paint to be dry enough so that it won’t be damaged by being taped over.  But you also don’t want to leave the tape on so long that it damages the layer beneath it.  So it’s a calculated risk.  Be sure to use actual painters tape and not masking tape, and remember you can do touch ups if you need to.

How to paint plaid painted walls with buffalo check
I didn’t want to add art that would compete with my new buffalo check feature wall so I decided on a pretty birch branch with lights and yarn tassels. A large mirror would be a great choice too.

Other Ideas

I love how great the black, white and grey look on this buffalo check, but you really could create any colour combo you like.  Prefer red buffalo check? Try it.  Or any other colour you love -want some inspiration see how The Learner Observer did her Buffalo Check with green!  Check out My Colour Journey and explore your favourite colours.
How To Make Plaid Painted Walls -add some drama to any space by painting buffalo check plaid on a feature wall, easy weekend DIY project.
One of the things I love about this wall treatment is that it’s not permanent.  It will be easy to paint over when ever we’re ready for a change.
How To Paint Buffalo Check walls
With a Black and White Buffalo Check Plaid Painted Wall Treatment, life really is a party!

I partnered with Para Paints for this project. As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make Life is a Party possible. #mycolourjourneywithPARApaints

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