Buffalo Check Tray Décor for Autumn

Buffalo Check Tray Décor for Autumn

This project, my friends, was driven entirely by my obsession with one of Funky Junk Interiors’ most recent stencils. She created PLAID stencils for her Old Sign Stencil Shop, and I have been positively mad for the Buffalo check version. For the longest time, I had no idea what I’d use it on…until I spied these quirky wooden cafeteria-style trays…

Vintage wooden cafeteria trays at the thrift store to be stenciled for DIY autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The perfect stenciling canvas!

That’s when I decided to repurpose them into something both functional and decorative for autumn by giving them a cabin-style makeover! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

The first order of business was giving them a slightly new finish that had a more rustic look- so I sanded down each wooden tray and prepped them for a darker wood stain.

Sanding down and wood staining vintage wooden trays from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Some pre-stencil prep work…

After the stain dried overnight, I gathered my stenciling supplies:

Stencil supplies to create a Buffalo check tray for autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s get ready to stencil!!

I centered the stencil on my tray, taped it in place, and began to stipple red paint through the checks.

Creating a Buffalo check tray for autumn decor from repurposed thrift store find by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s do this…

But when I was done and the paint had dried, I was really underwhelmed- NOT because of the stencil (which worked brilliantly) but because the red paint against the wood stain just didn’t look great. The beautiful plaid stencil was lost and unable to “pop”. So, I fussed at the tray, fussed at myself, and pushed everything aside for a while. 

Creating a Buffalo check tray for autumn decor from repurposed thrift store find by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…not digging it…

See…in my mind, I didn’t need to stencil two colors. I was sure that the red paint would pop against the stain, but I was wrong! But, after I calmed down, I resolved to try it again. I retrieved my painter’s tape and placed strips of tape RIGHT UP AGAINST the red stenciling. Like- right up next to it. And with paint brush in hand, I quickly covered my red stenciling job with a rectangle of black paint.

Creating red and black plaid autumn decor using repurposed upcycled wooden tray from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s give this another go, shall we?

And when THAT paint had dried, I re-centered the Buffalo Check stencil over the black paint, tape it in place, and stenciled in red yet again.

Creating red and black plaid on repurposed wooden tray for DIY cabin style fall and autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Please keep your fingers crossed that this will work!

When I was done, I had a VERY good feeling- as if I had made a fortuitous mistake…because it looked PERFECT!

Creating red and black plaid on repurposed wooden tray for DIY cabin style fall and autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Umm…yes?

Creating red and black plaid on repurposed wooden tray for DIY cabin style fall and autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

DEFINITELY YES!

The funny thing is, had I decided to use both colors from the very start, I would have had to measure a million times to make sure I painted the exact-perfect-no-room-for-error black rectangle. But instead, I simply painted black paint over my previous stencil- which required absolutely no measuring! So, if you think about it…it actually worked out better this way, right?

Now- I can use my wooden tray as cabin-style autumn décor…

Repurposed wooden tray as DIY autumn fall decor by using a red and black plaid Buffalo check stencil by Funky Junk Old Sign Stencils by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

When a mistake becomes a blessing…

Or, I can use it as a pretty tray- to set magazines on, or carry out drinks, etc. Both decorative and functional- can’t beat that.

Repurposed wooden tray as DIY autumn fall decor by using a red and black plaid Buffalo check stencil by Funky Junk Old Sign Stencils by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looks great no matter how I use it…

All I can say is: Thank Goodness I didn’t give up after the first round of stenciling- because not only do I seriously love my tray, but I really do think it was a blessing in disguise. Happy Autumn…and if you are interested in more project inspiration, please check out my full collection of Fall ideas here!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. For what dates are the tickets? I could get excited about this. I’m only 4 hours away! It would be a nice experience. I’d have to drag Donna of Distressed Donna Downhome along with a friend of hers. That would be so fun!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Oooh, thank you for the reminder! The Vintage Market Days website was down yesterday, so I didn’t want to include a broken link in my blog post…but I’ve updated it with the dates for Columbia (October 27-29) and a link to the event. Donna went to the Augusta show and found all kinds of amazing goodies!!

      • We will have been in Columbia the weekend before, but we can always go back! I hope to meet up with Donna then. She’s so fun!

  2. Great tray! I just bought a similar tray at an estate sale. It’s currently sitting on my floor as I try to think of how to fix it up! Visiting from Vintage Charm.

  3. Carol G Buddin says:

    I hope I get to meet you at VMD Columbia Metro!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      If I get a chance to go, I will definitely let you know! Please let your friends know about the giveaway. 🙂

  4. That seriously looks like plaid Sarah, wow!! I’m convinced the stencil fairies really wanted you to do this one

  5. I just love this stencil! It can be tricky though at first. Great project and great staging as always!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Carlene!! Staging improvement was on my to-do list this year- like a blogging New Year’s resolution, LOL. I appreciate the positive feedback!!

  6. I have had my eye on that stencil for months. In fact, I have a huge project planned for it in the Spring. Happy to see the stencil in action and I love it, especially with the two tone color! Your trays are just darling and pinned to share.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It’s just an amazing stencil- and it worked like a charm! I was worried about not having enough stencil-talent to work those hash marks, but no issues whatsoever.

  7. So in LOVE with the buffalo check detail inside a plain ‘ol tray! Talk about cabin fever… Thank-you for doing this stencil total justice, Sarah!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you SO very much, Donna- it’s just such a fabulous stencil, and we all appreciate the tediousness that you put into creating it. Just a work of art!

  8. Lynda Swinney says:

    Love your stencilled tray and thanks for the inspiration! I am looking for an opportunity to do something like this now. Could you also share where you got the beautiful blanket I the photo? I have been looking for one like that. Thanks!

  9. Love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm! Pinned!

  10. SUPER cute! I pinned it. Thanks for linking up to our party!

    xoxo

  11. Love the buffalo check and it definitely gives off a cabin vibe.

  12. How adorable!!! I am in love with buffalo check right now!

  13. Red and Black is my favorite buffalo check and it looks so good on your tray. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  14. Ok, so I know what I have to go buy now! That stencil is awesome, and I love how your tray turned out!! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! #MM Pinning!

  15. I just love this project! As a lover of plaid and buffalo plaid in my cabin, this DIY would be perfect!

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