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How to Paint a Buffalo Check Accent Wall

I am so excited to share my version of a Buffalo check patterned accent wall with you that I can’t even wait for the entire nursery installation.
Time: 4 Hours Cost: $75 Difficulty: Easy

The nursery design is by Katy Mimari, owner of Caden Lane and Nursery Couture, and will be revealed soon…but for now….I will share with you my wall! To be honest though….this wall is so versatile! I can see it as an accent wall in a bathroom, office, library or sitting room! I would love to do a black/white/gray version…..OR even better….a hot pink/coral/white version for a little girls room!!!

You will need to paint your entire wall a base color. I then began in the top left corner with a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock scrapbook paper (because we wanted the squares to be 12″ each….you can make them any size you want). I traced the square…and then moved it to the right along the ceiling line marking 12″ with it. I then moved down the left wall edge and marked 12″ with it again.

Then paint the horizontal lines and paint and tape the vertical lines. Again, my blog will have some tips on how NOT TO RUIN your paint when doing these steps. I also have some ideas for using a 4th color to add depth.

It's lovely! I will be sending followers & fans photos of the FINAL Nursery. I just couldn't wait and had to show you this lovely plaid accent wall NOW! Please sign up for my weekly blog for MORE creative accent walls, nursery decor and DIY painting tips.

You can also find me on Facebook: @TraceysFancy and share your accent wall designs with me!! You'll also be able to catch me Live sharing other projects. I'd love to hear from you!!

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Paint
  • Tape
  • Laser level
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  • DeAnn Dowell
    DeAnn Dowell Monroe, LA
    on Feb 25, 2017

    I love your idea, I think I would have gone a little outside the box, no pun intended, and painted the Navy a 1" pin stripe off setting in each square. Example;...a 10 square white, measure from left or right side into square 3.5" and paint the Navy stripe.

    • Tracey bellion
      Tracey bellion San Antonio, TX
      on Mar 25, 2017

      I can totally imagine that. Sort of like a Burberry plaid. I like that!

  • Fany Nikolaeva G
    Fany Nikolaeva G
    on Mar 17, 2017

    I would have stopped at the white stripes. For some reason the vertical ones throw me off, but that's just me. Either way - respect for creativity.

  • Theresa Lorenzen
    Theresa Lorenzen
    on May 18, 2017


  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth Wayne, NJ
    on Jul 24, 2017

    love it

  • Sandy Rolon
    Sandy Rolon Bronx, NY
    on Nov 25, 2017

    cool but this gives me another option, to tile one whole wall... with leftovers ...

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