DIY Buffalo Check Bathroom

DIY Buffalo Check Bathroom

I definitely have obsessive tendencies.  When I set my mind to something, I don’t stop until it’s done.  Just ask my husband – he can tell you all about my latest and greatest obsession.  At one point, it was a fence for the backyard of our old house, and then it was a dining room table, then a family room rug, organizing digital photos, organizing our pantry….etc.  His only hope is that I space out these “obsessions” or that they involve DIY and, therefore, hopefully little money spent.

Since adding the polka dot wallpaper in our daughters’ shared room, I am mildly obsessed with wallpaper.  Problem 1: the cost of the wallpaper.  Problem 2: having to hire someone to hang the wallpaper.  I wanted to add a wallpaper effect to a room without the cost associated with it.  I looked into self-adhesive wallpaper as well as wall decals, but nothing seemed quite right….until I stumbled onto this article VIA Pinterest.  BINGO!

I did not want to paint a buffalo check pattern in the entire bathroom, so I decided to add a molding and only paint the top 1/3 of the bathroom in the pattern.  Here are my step by step instructions for this project.  A little tip – this was far more time consuming than originally estimated, but I love it, so in the end it was worth the time spent.  For the most part, I followed the instructions from the BHG article (and used their paint choices exactly), but I did not trust my freehand to paint the stripes, so I used A LOT of tape.

Materials needed for paint:

  • White paint (I used Benjamin Moore white paint and primer in one)
  • Quart of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (darkest blue)
  • Quart of Hale Navy mixed at 25% lighter (medium blue stripe)
  • Mix equal parts medium blue & white (lightest blue)
  • Roller brush
  • 2” angled paint brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil

Before pics:

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(If you noticed, we have Star Wars themed toilet “targets”.  I was hoping that would help with my son’s “aim”….)

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Directions:

  1. Paint the entire room white.  Let dry.

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2.  For the top 1/3 of the wall, using a tape measure and level, measure out horizontal and vertical lines 4” apart.

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3.  Using painter’s tape, tape every other horizontal line and paint using the lightest blue. If you have a steady hand and trust your paint skills, you can skip taping and freehand the horizontal stripes.  Let dry.

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4.  Using painter’s tape, tape every other vertical line and paint using the medium blue. Let dry

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5.  Where the light blue and medium blue stripes intercept, tape that square and paint the center using the darkest blue. Let dry. img_9574

6.  Touch up any squares as needed.

7.  Pour yourself a drink and admire your work!

Finished Bathroom:

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Please share any DIY projects you have done, including pics, in the comments!  We are always looking for inspiration!

~Kristen

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