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Black And White Buffalo Check Ghost | Thrift Store Decor

You can make home decor out of just about any old thing. I turned a thrifty wood box into a black and white buffalo check ghost that can also double as a candy bowl. This project is a combination of a thrifty find and the latest trend in home decor…..buffalo check.

Also take the video of tour of my favorite junk shop where I find my treasures. Video in this post!

Black And White Buffalo Check Ghost Thrift Store Decor

Black And White Buffalo Check Ghost

This photo of my buffalo check ghost project includes a super easy ghost thingy I made a couple of years ago….and candy, lots of candy. Today is Thrift Store Décor Day so be sure and visit my friends after reading my tutorial.

vintage waterfall drawer for recycle project

This is the thrifty wood  box I started with. I believe it was once part of a vintage waterfall dresser or chest. I kind of hated to paint it. But I did.

paint thrift store finds with spray paint

I used the only white spray paint I had on hand, Rustoleum Flat White Primer and I sprayed the box inside and out, top and bottom.

black acrylic paint for craft project

I almost left the box flat white but decided it needed more oomph. I poured a bit of black acrylic paint on a piece of scrap wood and grabbed a paint brush.

dry brush technique

This is easy painting. I dry brushed a bit of the black paint on the edges of the box. I dipped my paint brush in the paint then wiped off a lot of the paint on the scrap board paint palette.

dry brush black paint around edges of white box

Then I just brushed the black paint lightly around all four sides of the box bottom. This took about 30 seconds.double sided buffalo check print While the paint was drying I pulled out a piece of fabric I bought at the local craft store. The black and white buffalo check fabric is double sided and very very soft. I fell in love with it. I loved it so much I went back the next day and bought more. I can’t wait for you to see what else I did with this fabric. Buffalo check is the thing now and I really like the black and white…..also the red and white.

Fabric Mod Podge for gluing fabric to wood

I cut eyes and a mouth for the ghost. Sounds easy right? I cut several shapes in several different sizes trying to get the “ghost” face right. I started with a plain white paper and worked with it for a while. Then I gave up and just started cutting shapes out of the fabric.

I used Fabric Mod Podge to stick the eyes and mouth to the box.

a diy ghost using buffalo check

The fabric frays really easy but I didn’t care. Not for this project anyway. Just adds another dimension to the ghost face.

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Black And White Buffalo Check Ghost

The ghost project took less than an hour to complete. The spray paint dried fast and so did the black acrylic paint.

Buffalo Check Ghost project

As I mentioned earlier the ghost doubles as a candy box. Place a little of the black and white buffalo check fabric in the ghost box then fill it with your favorite candy. Some of my favorites are Almond Joy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Kit Kats! Do you have a sweet tooth like me?

Buffalo check ghost made with a wood box and buffalo check fabric

Black And White Buffalo Check Ghost

Take the tour of my favorite junk shop with an intro by a sister of the shop owner…..

Junk Shop Tour

Do you buy Halloween candy long before Halloween like I do? I’m blaming the early purchase on staging for the ghost project. That candy will be long gone before the first of October.

Products used in this project:
Thrifty Find For Makeover
Rustoleum Flat White Primer (Amazon)
Black Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint (Amazon)
Shorty Paint Brush (Amazon)
Fabric Mod Podge (Amazon)
Mod Podge Brush (Amazon)
Reversible Buffalo Check Fabric (Hobby Lobby)

What do you think of my quick Fall DIY? Leave a note before you take off on the Thrift Store Tour. Click the pink text links below the “before makeover” photo collage for the tour….

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As always, thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Kathy,

    I really like how you added the black paint to the edges of the box/drawer. I think that really makes the project perfect!



    Yes! I have a sweet tooth. Chocolate is my go-to. Generally you can’t go wrong with Hersheys!

  2. Your ghost turned out very cute! And oh so trendy! So do you have any Reese’s Cups left?