Buffalo Check Your Decor

Vintage Schoolmaster’s Tall Desk, Hand Built w/ Hinged Lift Top

The Buffalo Check pattern, or Buffalo Plaid, is known for its timeless, crisp and fresh look. The check pattern has bands in two or more colors in a woven display. Traditionally only found on cloth or upholstery, by using Porch Nook chalky finish paint you can applying the very same classic look onto your existing decor!

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BEFORE: Glass growler jugGlass growler jug with "Heirloom Tomato" & "Charcoal" Porch Nook chalky finish paintGlass, metal, wood. Signs, tables, windows, crates. Allow your creative mind to wander and you will discover this iconic pattern can look great on anything! I covered this glass growler jug with Porch Nook's "Charcoal" and then applied the Buffalo Check pattern with "Heirloom Tomato". I fell in love! Then, after my MinWax Polycrylic Satin#CommissionEarned sealant I fell in love with it even MORE! I'm always amazed how a sealant can bring your design to the next level, bringing out detail and richness you didn't even realize was there.

BEFORE: Vintage leaf tableWhile jogging, my husband came across this sad vintage leaf table. Curbed and COVERED in linoleum. I have to admit, I couldn't get past the linoleum...and a storm was coming...so I left it. When I returned home empty handed, hubby looked at me and said, "You've been looking for a piece to apply a Buffalo Check pattern! Are you sure you want to pass on this one?" I swear...my mind began to play "Dream Weaver" and I fell in love with him all over again. What a man!! What he just said was DANG sexy...and he was right! So I turned around, fought the rain, picked it up and started working on it right away.  

After cleaning it with a 4:1 mixture of water and Mineral Spirits#CommissionEarned, I first covered the table with Porch Nook's "Heirloom Tomato" chalky finish paint. After drying I stenciled a dark check using "Charcoal".


I realized I could take this pattern one step further by topping it with lines along the top by using Porch Nook "Ol' Faithful" white. After distressing with a fine sandpaper, 220-Grit by 3M#CommissionEarned, I decided to seal with MinWax Polycrylic Satin#CommissionEarned again. Yummy! What do you think?

Porch Nook "Heirloom Tomato", "Charcoal" and "Ol' Faithful

BEFORE: Credenza cabinetNow I found myself in a state of mind where I wanted to Buffalo Check EVERYTHING I could get my hands on! I dug in my garage and rediscovered a credenza I've been meaning to work. After sitting with it for a moment I began to think about those classic Burberry plaid scarfs I've always admired, loving how the black and red check pattern laid on top of a creamy beige. I've learned to listen to my intuition...once it speaks, I just go!

After cleaning this little beauty with Mineral Spirits#CommissionEarned, I first covered the cabinet with Porch Nook's "Cashew"...a beautiful and versatile greige neutral.



I wanted to test out what a pattern would look like if I only applied thinner lines traditionally found in a Buffalo Check pattern. Now that I think back, I believe I made that decision because I didn't want to overwhelm the piece's pre-existing features. In the video below you will find me applying Porch Nook's "Heirloom Tomato" and "Charcoal".


I didn't touch the cabinet for a few days after painting because I wasn't sure how far I wanted to shab it up. When in doubt, take pause...you'll always be thankful you did! Finally I landed on, for some unknown reason, to step outside my comfort zone (again) and used a super coarse sand paper, 60 Grit by 3M#CommissionEarned, to create a scratchy super rustic appearance. Once completed I sealed it up with dark wax...and I'm so glad I did! I couldn't take my eyes off of it :D

Credenza painted with Porch Nook chalky finish paint<img src="//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2385/4141/files/4_medium.jpg?v=1507576440" alt="Credenza painted with Porch Nook chalky finish paint" />Credenza painted with Porch Nook chalky finish paint




  • Good morning, Michele! I will email you this morning :D

    Porch Nook
  • I’m a brand new follower. Do you have a source for the buffalo plaid stencil?

    Thank you


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