Are you looking for a fun idea to bring an accent wall to life? A buffalo print or also known as buffalo plaid is a great way to bring life to a bland space.
Prep work is 90 percent of the job and without it you will be disappointed with the results. Place a drop cloth at the bottom of the wall. Start with joint compound and a putty knife and fill in any marks on the wall with a little joint compound to smooth that out because you want the finished product to look smooth and clean.
After patching, sand the entire wall and pay close attention to those patched areas. Wipe down the entire wall to get the dust off, you don’t want it to get mixed into the paint when it’s applied.
Next, you will want to remove any face plates from light switches or outlet covers. Once that is complete, tape the trim of the wall to avoid getting paint where you don’t want it.
For a Buffalo Print wall you will want to choose 4 different colors. It’s best to keep these colors in the same family. A good tip for picking colors is to go right down the line of color cards that are on the same color card.
Start by putting the base color on the wall. The lightest color makes a great base color and that paint should cover the entire wall you want to paint. Apply that base color and let it dry completely before moving on to map out the stripes.
With the wall dry, you will lay out the lines. You can use a traditional level with a pencil or tape measure. A laser level is the preferred way as it’s easier to identify a clean straight line across the entire wall vs. moving the level and tape measure across the space.
For our buffalo print, you’re making 12-inch squares on this wall, so to start our pattern, you’re marking off the horizontal lines from top to bottom every 12-inches. Using the laser level connect the dots, taping very carefully along that red line from the laser level. Feel free to overlap that tape, nice straight lines are key to making sure the wall looks great.
Here a couple tips to make sure you don’t create any extra work. Wet a rag and use that to set the seam of the tape on the part where the paint is going to go. That way it seals in there to give you that crisp line.