A Shaker Style Shelf Gets A Buffalo Check Makeover

January 04, 2018
 This shaker style shelf displays china in my living room.  I purchased it several years ago at a local craft shop.  I really should be taking my Christmas decorations down but instead, I painted this shelf.

If you love my buffalo check stencil, you are gonna love this post.  If you are sick of it, well sorry, I am lightening up and changing up my living room with some buffalo checks and neutrals.

 So here is a close up of the primitive shelf with shaker pegs and bead board.

I love the bead board.

 It's unbelievably cold here in northern Minnesota so I am painting my shelf on my eat-in kitchen table.  It's an antique and has been through worse.

I do almost all of my painting here during the winter.  Sigh.  

Since I am putting this shelf back up on MY living room wall, I am painting it in MY favorite shade of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Old White.

It will take two coats.

My buffalo check stencil is available at *Old Sign Stencils.

Now that my shelf is painted with Old White, it's time to stencil.   

This is super important.  Get the stencil centered by careful measurements.  Once you get this first stencil correct, you can move it right, left and up and down and get the pattern straight and centered.

My buffalo checks are stenciled with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Trail Tan.  I think it's very close to the color of burlap, and I have burlap drapes from Ballard's Designs in my living room.

Now for a trickier part, stenciling by the sides and and top and bottom.  

You will have to line up the stencil boxes and diagonals along the sides and hold it down with your left hand.  I also taped along the edge just in case I got some paint on the sides.  I didn't go all the way up to the sides.  It's tough.  So I sanded my buffalo check stenciling to blend with the uneven edges.

I used my FolkArt Layering Wood Block to faux distress the edges of the shelf with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Walnut Noyer.  

I sealed the chalk paint and stenciling with Varathane Water-Based Polyurethane in Satin Finish 

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So here is my shelf makeover.  

Lighter, brighter and more fun!

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On the shelf are Bluebonnet Ironstone and Federalist Ironstone, and of course there are Blue Willow pieces as well.

The shelf matches my new Flexsteel Catalina chair too.

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And I added a drawer label tag.

My label frame is painted with walnut noyer too.  I printed the tag with Picmonkey.

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*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
All opinions about these fabulous products are my own.

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I'm loving it!  

More to come from my new year mini living room makeover.

Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. GREAT makeover Carlene! :) YOU are the reason I got these stencils from Donna. :) I can't wait to try some of your ideas on some of my projects. Thank you, Christina in SW FL

  2. Beautiful makeover! I have been silently stalking your website for ages now, and felt it was time I showed myself and commented so you would know how much I have enjoyed all your inspiration. I am not quite ready yet to jump onto the stenciling bandwagon, but you have given me plenty of inspiration for sure. Keep up the good work and one of these days I will give it a try!

  3. This is SUCH a pretty piece Carlene! And a true testimony that Buffalo Check is perfect for all seasons. Your colour choices are so fresh and lovely!


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