Well, did I ever underestimate how long it would take to paint a buffalo check wall! I’m honestly SO relieved it’s over and am thrilled with the results. It’s changed the whole feel of the basement bathroom and I love it. So, read on and I’m going to show you How to Create a Buffalo Check Accent Wall.
Huge shout out to Erin from Lemons, Lavendar, & Laundry for hosting this fun blog hop. This project was inspired by the $100 Room Challenge, where participants have 1 month to completely transform a room using only $100! It’s crazy, right? Well, I’m going to show you how I’m transforming this room and I’ve only spent a total of $37.87.
Here’s my sum total so far:
- Quart of white paint: $18.97
- Green painter’s tape: $3.99
- 3 test pots of paint: $4.97 each x3 = $14.91
The name of the game with this room makeover is to be thrifty, so I started out by using paint I had on hand for the base coat. I mixed an ultra pure white with a bit of a cream tone and painted the room in this mixture as a base coat.
I like the room so much better already with a fresh coat of white paint.
I only needed to buy a quart of paint to finish off these walls, since my base coat was already done in a cream tone. I saved about $20 by not having to purchase a gallon of paint.
The next step for my buffalo check wall was to measure the wall where I wanted the accent to go. It was nearly perfect to fit 7 x 7 inch squares. I did 10 squares across and 12 squares down. I used my 4 ft. level to draw these lines. The next step was to tape off the squares. I started off by only taping off around the squares I was going to paint, and then opted for a ladder type technique when I got to the bottom. I have to say, I definitely preferred the ladder technique.
Here’s a progress shot after 2 of the colours were painted. Part of what took this process so long was waiting for the paint to fully dry. I couldn’t tape off a new set of squares until the ones prior were completely dry.
Here is the last bit of taping off for the final colour. I also opted to keep the gold towel rack and toilet paper holder since gold is SO in. Sometimes it pays to wait it out because old becomes new again. Lol.
Here she is…. all finished.
I have seen some buffalo check tutorials where they only use 3 colours in a buffalo check pattern. For me, I prefer the four colours and think it gives the wall much more depth. I still need to do a couple minor paint touch ups, but I’m quite pleased with it so far. I still have a ton of stuff to do, but I’m working on it 🙂
Be sure to check out what my blogging friends have completed in their $100 Room Challenge.