top of page

Round Their Gaff To Yours - DIY's To Make Your Quarantine A Little Easier - Part 2.

Happy Friday Everyone! We are in a different reality but its great to see so many people finding new fun activities to keep themselves occupied. On Saturday I will be teaching an Interior Design class all online and on Sunday I am going to be having a virtual night out (or in?) with a few glasses of prosecco with the family which I am very excited for. What are everyones plans for the weekend? Anyways, today we have more 'Tips From Ireland's Top Creatives To Make Your Quarantine A Little Easier', the final two colourful ladies from Round Our Gaff Katrina Carroll of Vintage Irish Kat, and Joanne Mooney of Aproudhome are here to share some Painting DIY's & Kids Crafts all that you can do in your home right now. Hmmm you may need to get some paint though and paper plates :) :) But trust me it will be worth it xxx If you missed Wednesdays post with Paint Guru Joanne Condon and Darran Heaney of Old Victorian New click here. Otherwise lets see what Aproudhome and Kat have for us today. Enjoy xx

DIY Buffalo Check Wall with Aproudhome

I am going to show you a step by step on how I painted a navy gingham feature wall in my daughter’s attic bedroom.

You can use whatever colour you want and you can also change the size of you squares. I chose a large square design. If you want a smaller buffalo check measure smaller horizontal and vertical stripes.

What you need:

  • 4 colours of paint

  • Measuring tape/ ruler

  • Spirit level

  • Frog tape

  • Roller/ paint tray


1. Prep, If you have wallpaper use warm water and fabric softener to remove it.

2. Measure your horizontal stripes.

3. Using a ruler measure 12″ in between each stripe.

4. Decide on a colour scheme. Once you have chosen a colour for the gingham wall you need to pick your main colour and use 4 colours (a base colour, a light colour, a medium colour and a dark colour).

Next: Vertical Stripes

I did two coats of the pale blue. You need to leave this to dry over night before starting the vertical stripes. Allow the paint to dry so it doesn’t come off with the frog tape.

Next step is to mark out the horizontal stripes. I did 10″ gaps in between my vertical stripes. It’s up to you if you want a smaller square.

I used frog tape from Carlow Paint hub It’s really important you use quality paint and tape for this job.

5. Use a good quality frog tape mark out the horizontal stripes.

6. Measure your vertical stripes & your are ready to paint.

Note: The next colour your painting on the vertical stripe is a darker shade of your horizontal stripe.

7. Your final square is the darkest colour. Using frog tape box off the boxes on the horizontal blue stripe.

Finally: Your finished buffalo check wall

For Joannes full 'DIY Buffalo Check Wall' tutorial click here.

Kids Crafts with Vintage Irish Kat

Kids Paper Plate Jellyfish:

What you need:

  • Paper Plates

  • Wool

  • Eye Stickers If you don't have them just use marker

  • Safety Pin

  • Children's Paint


1. Make holes in the plate with safety pins.

2. Cut the plate in half.

3. Paint it whatever colour you like.

4. Add the eyes.

5. Cut lots of strips of wool.

6. Place wool in holes.

7. Add a little mouth.

8. Cut some paper with a scalloped edge and cover the holes.

Kids Easter Wreath

What you need:

  • Cupcake Cases

  • Paper Plate

  • Glue

  • Scissors

  • Sequins or Stickers


1. Cut out the middle of the plate.

2. Paint it whatever colour you like.

3. Glue cup cases around the rim of the plate.

4. Decorate inside the case as you like.

5. Add a ribbon to hang your Wreath.

To see all of Kat's Kid's Crafts tutorial click here.

So all I hope you have enjoyed that and got some DIY inspo for the weekend, it looks like the weather is going to be amazing so that is a major plus!

Next week I will be doing the final post in this mini series. On Wednesday Paul Murphy also known as Phonebox Man will be virtually dropping by to share some Interior Design tip's people can do in their homes during quarantine and also some insight into how Interior Design can help us in our home during this time.

Chat to you all soon and I hope that you are all keeping safe, happy and well xxx

Style So Simple - Aoife xxx


bottom of page