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Buffalo Check Wooden Letters

Today's Tutorial for Buffalo Check Wooden Letters is sponsored by Plaid Crafts and contains affiliate links. I make a small portion when these links are used, at no additional cost to you. All opinions are my own. 

These Buffalo Check Wooden Letters are the first of a few projects I'm working on for my boys' bathroom overhaul. I think they are perfect to distinguish whose towel hangs where (notice there is definitely not a letter to indicate anyone's towel should be wadded up on the floor...Jonathan, I'm talking to you). See how I created these Buffalo Check Wooden Letters below.
Easy Buffalo Check Painting
This tutorial has been the craziest one to put together. I've had the letters finished for a bit, but got a wild hair to go ahead and start on the actual re-do of the boys' bathroom (and ripped out wallpaper and popcorn ceilings in the process) so I could really show these fun letters off. It was an interesting chain of events. But, yay for this wall being done (we still have a *bit* more to do everywhere else in this space). But check out the tutorial for the Buffalo Check Wooden Letters below.

Buffalo Check Wooden Letters

Black and White Buffalo Check
These buffalo check letters actually turned out exactly how I had pictured them in my head. That doesn't always happen. They're a little rustic and a little vintage...and the letter shape reminds me of my favorite "varsity" font. 

Walmart Wooden Letters

Supplies for Buffalo Check Wooden Letters

Sanding Wooden Letters

Creating your Buffalo Check Wooden Letters:

I gave the letters a light sanding before starting the real fun (pictured above).

Easy wood craft
And as most of you know, Waverly's Chalk-Style Paint is my spirit animal. Tried out two new colors on these letters and they did not disappoint. I gave the letters two coats of the paint in Plaster (a lovely creamy white that's not too off-white). These letters take paint really well. You can find a fabulous selection of the Waverly Chalk-Style Paint at your Walmart, too...just head on back to the crafts section.

Painter's Tape
After they completely dried (I set them near a small fan for an hour or so), I taped off vertical stripes with painter's tape. I used a small piece of tape as a template to space out my stripes (they were exactly one inch or one width of tape apart).

Chalk Paint
I used more of the Waverly Plaster Paint to "seal" the edges of my tape to prevent any bleeds.

Waverly Chalk Paint
Next, I used about 1/4 cup of Waverly's Chalk Style Paint in Ink and diluted it with about a tablespoon of plain tap water.

Buffalo Plaid Painting
To paint the buffalo check pattern, you want a really dry brush with little paint on it. I kept both a dry and damp paper towel handy, along with a scrap piece of paper to dab off any excess paint. I did this before every stroke.

Wooden Letter Crafts
After the vertical stripes of the Ink paint dried completely, I repeated the process with the horizontal stripes...again, spacing the lines one inch apart from one another.

Buffalo Check Tutorial
Again, I sealed the paint with the original Plaster base coat...but this time I was a little more careful and only sealed the areas without any of the Ink color of paint.

Painting Buffalo Check
Repeat the same process with dry brushing the Ink color on the horizontal stripes.

Waverly White Chalk Wax
To soften the buffalo check a bit, I grabbed my favorite Waverly White Wax.

White Wax
I keep my leftover felt pieces in a scrap pile to use for waxing...I like the way they apply wax. I just apply a dime-sized amount and work it into the piece...muting the colors just a bit.

Buffalo Check Letters
No more excuses for towels on the floor, y'all! I'm loving how fun and preppy these wooden letters turned out. I want to paint everything in buffalo check, now.

If you love buffalo check like I do, be sure to check out my Buffalo Check State Printables (featured in the video below):

More fun buffalo check projects:

towel bar
Again, click HERE to check out these letters at Walmart. 
They're a wonderful quality and the perfect size for home decor. 

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  1. I love those! Perfect for a bathroom. The pattern is great too. We really want to redo our bathroom. I am adding this to our list.

  2. Those are perfect for a bathroom or bedroom. I love simple diy projects like this.

  3. Wow, you made this look so super easy! Talent!! I used to love projects like this. You made it look fun again! Love the way they turned out.

  4. That looks like a lot of work, but you made it look really easy. I love the way the letters turned out. This is so perfect for a boy's bathroom. I'd love to do this for my son's bathroom.

  5. I just love this idea and it is so perfect how they turned out. I love to add a pop of color or different style to a room with a couple of additions like these in my home. I need to get started on this right away because I really like the way it looks! Great job and thanks for sharing!

  6. These are so cute! I love the idea of using them in the bathroom to create a designated space for hanging towels - I'd love to do them in my boy's bedrooms as well, for hanging sweaters - which, oddly enough, often end up balled up on the floor at the end of the day. We have a sort of camp cabin theme going on in their rooms and I think these would look great - I've never done buffalo check on anything, but your tutorial is excellent so I may give it a shot!

  7. I don't have much patience for DIY projects. Yet, I want do make some letters for my son's name in his room. As I watch your step-by-step tutorial, I really think I can manage this one.

  8. A moment of silence for the jobs of ridding yourself of a popcorn ceiling and wallpaper. Neither are much fun, but the space always looks a million times better once you get to the other side. I love cute idea for hanging towels and the blue buffalo check print is perfect. I wish I'd have thought about it when my kids were little, I was forever picking towels up from the bathroom floor! x

  9. These came out really nice. I like how they have a weathered look.

    Kate | The Organized Dream

  10. The project does look so very cool here. I never would have thought to look for wood lettering at Walmart. I will have to be doing some more searching there. And it does look so very rustic after you have put them up. Just a great job.

  11. This is so nice! I think I'm able to recreate it in my daughter's play corner for superhero capes!