Would you believe that I have actually never owned a doormat? Now that I think about it, it’s kind of weird, but we’ve moved so often over the last five years that I didn’t really accumulate anything that wasn’t worth moving. Most of the apartment buildings I’ve lived in have had common areas as well, so by the time I got to my apartment, I didn’t really need a door mat. Not so in our current apartment! So I decided to take a stab at making a custom-painted doormat.
This is a really quick and easy project that will help give some personality to your front porch or foyer. Not only is it fun, it’s practical and affordable as well. All you need is a blank doormat and some outdoor acrylic paint.
Here’s what you’ll need to make a custom-painted doormat:
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- A plain doormat. I picked up one from Ikea, but you can get one online here.
- Folk Art Outdoor Acrylic Paint. See colors here; I used black.
- Card stock, pencil, something to cut the pattern with, and tape. If you don’t want to make your own design, I made a simple house outline that you can download, print, and trace here. If you want to buy a stencil, you can browse affordable ones on Amazon here. Also check out the very cool designs on Etsy.
- Chip brush. Here is a pack of 24, which is a GREAT deal at $9.31. I love these because they are disposable but effective. The bristles are stiff, too, which makes them great for this project.
and here’s how to do it!
Step 1: Create a stencil using card stock, cardboard, or any sort of stiff paper. I actually used a piece of scrapbooking paper and did a drawing of a simple little house using a pencil; then, I perfected it with a permanent marker. Use an exact-o knife, a regular knife, or a small pair of scissors to carefully cut out your stencil.
Step 2: Position the stencil in the desired spot on your doormat and secure with tape. It’s okay if the tape doesn’t keep it securely in place, but it will help a bit while you’re painting.
Step 3: Dip your brush into the paint and begin “poking” it into the doormat. Poke extra carefully around the edges of the stencil to keep the painting as crisp as possible. Keep painting until you have the desired color depth. I used almost the entire bottle of black paint!
When you’re done painting, peel the stencil off and let the paint dry for as long as your bottle indicates. If you use Folk Art Outdoor Acrylic Paint, let it dry for 48 hours before setting the mat out.
Here’s the final product! It looks so cute sitting at our door! I smile every time I see it. I even wanted to tell the delivery guy who came last night that I made it (but I didn’t, so that’s not a great story).