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Amazing Buffalo Checks DIY Craft Table

Amazing Buffalo Checks DIY Craft Table

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Welcome to March’s Pinterest Challenge Buffalo Checks Fun

The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! Our host is Erlene from My Pinterventures who shares amazing recipes and fun craft projects. This month, I chose to create a buffalo checks pattern with chalk paint to the top of my DIY craft table.

I love the vibe buffalo checks gives to a room. It’s a lot easier to get this look than you might think and if you don’t mind multiple steps, a lot of taping, and several days to complete your buffalo plaid look, then I highly encourage you to give it a try.

My inspiration came from a couple of places. The first is from Southern Living where they did a gingham style technique for an accent wall. They describe this look as classic. The second pin comes from Curbly where they painted a table in the buffalo checks style. Looks super cute. Finally, because I’m a visual learner, the tutorial that I used comes from Ace Hardware. Easy video tutorial that also offers some really helpful painting tips.

Enough is enough! How to create a functional farm style craft table without spending any money.

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One of things I try to teach my middle school students is that great ideas and failures often come from trying to solve problems. For awhile now my kitchen has been my work station for pretty much all of my DIY projects.

I now have glue stuck to the counter tops and little spots of paint on the floor. Then of course there was the back and forth to get and return all of the supplies.

I’m over it already.

The craft room / guest room wasn’t really functional for what I do. Check out how this room looked with painted sub floors here (oops) and how I used a door to quickly create a work station here.

When we moved a full size bed in here, it really wasn’t a good place to work on crafts or home improvement projects, hence the kitchen counters became my work space as you see in the above images.

Then our daughter needed a bed. You know where this is leading, right?

For every problem there is a solution. All it takes is to assess what you already have and rethink how it can fix the problem.


Upcycle an unused door into a craft room work bench.

I happened to have an old door (Not the one used the first time. That one became a headboard), some 2x4s , scrap 1x4s, and left over 1x1 trim board. Perfect materials to build your own craft room work bench.

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After measuring where I wanted the work bench to be (both vertically and horizontally), I attached the scrap 1 x 4s to the wall for the cleats. Then I measured the height of the kitchen counter and cut the 2 x 4 accordingly (cut 4 boards).

I created the front legs (see below image) with eight deck screws.

Next attach the door to the cleats and then to the legs with wood screws.

Because the hinge side of the door faced forward, I attached the 1x1 trim board to the front with wood glue and some finishing nails. Finish with some caulking so that the hinge lines disappear.

Give an ugly craft room work bench country style charm with painted buffalo checks.

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This is where you want to watch the video tutorial. Pretty much followed it using paint I already had on hand (chalk paint). I did prime the door first with some Kilz before adding my base coat.

I didn’t have any gray or black latex paint so instead I used chalk paint.

I am on the fourth step. It is really helpful to mark the areas you won’t be painting (the little bits of tape).

Painting buffalo checks is easy just requires patience and time.

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Really it’s all about figuring out your measurements, marking each line (I used a long level), then taping off each line.

Day one I primed, painted the base coat (2 coats), and added the horizontal stripes (light gray chalk paint).

Day two I added the horizontal lines and touched up spots where the paint bled through the tape.

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Add the darkest color to buffalo checks pattern last.

Day three taped and painted the darkest color (ink black) squares. When I added the charcoal gray chalk paint lines I was worried it was too dark. But the ink black worked perfectly.

Remember, start light and work to the darkest color.

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How to protect painted buffalo check table top.

Day four sealed with Rust-oleums matte clear finish for chalk paint.

Make sure whatever you use for the sealer works with the type of paint you used. For example, if I had used latex paint, I would have chosen to add a top coat that was scratch and stain resistant such as Minwax Polyacrylic (find at Walmart). It doesn’t yellow the paint and is really easy to apply. Bonus, it is easy clean up. However, if you use with chalk paint, it will lift the paint a bit.

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I still have some work to do before this craft work bench is complete (stain the trim board to match legs, maybe do some sort of faux finish on the wall or paint it a dark color, repaint the storage shelves so they match, and … hand slap to forehead) as well as finish organizing this space. Overall though, I’m pretty happy with the way this no-cost craft, work table turned out.

What do you think? Is buffalo checks something you would want to add to your home? I’m hooked and already thinking the RV needs some buffalo check accents.

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Before you go though, check out the rest of this month’s Pinterest Challenge.

To join next month's #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ April Pinterest Challenge

Let's meet this month's Pinterest Challenge hosts!Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene - My Pinterventures  •  Jenny - Cookies Coffee and Crafts Debbee - Debbee's Buzz  •  Lynne - My Family Thyme  •  Pili - My Sweet Things Bri - Halfpint Design  •  Julie - Sum of their Stories Erin - The DIY Nuts  •  T'onna - Sew Crafty Crochet Beverly - Across the Boulevard •  Kristie - Love My Little Cottage Roseann - This Autoimmune Life  •  Terri - Our Good Life Ali - Home Crafts by Ali  •  Cherryl - Farm Girl Reformed Leslie - Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After •  Kelli - K's Olympic Nest Lauren - Mom Home Guide  •  Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey Shirley - Intelligent Domestications  •  Gail - Purple Hues and Me Audra -  Renewed Projects  •  Habiba - Craftify My Love Kristie - Teadoddles •  Marie - The Inspiration Vault  •  Susan - Suzerspace Lydia - Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen •  Maria - Simple Nature Decor Sam - Raggedy Bits  •  Emily - Domestic Deadline •  Marci - Stone Cottage Adeventures Alexandra - Eye Love Knots  •  Alayna - Alayna's Creations Terrie - Decorate and More with Tip

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