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DIY Painted Doormat

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This post shares my DIY painted doormat, including how to paint a coir doormat to last!

DIY Painted Doormat

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.

For more easy home projects, check out my DIY drawer organizer for spices, my easy concrete coasters, my DIY zippered throw pillow covers, and my DIY hanging plant pot holder!


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  • A plain coir 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 are the steps for my DIY painted doormat!

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.

House stencil

Step 2: Position the stencil in the desired spot on your coir 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.

Paint on a paper plate

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.

DIY Painted Doormat
DIY Painted Doormat
Stencil taped in place
Stencil taped in place

Crisp lines!

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).

DIY Painted Doormat
DIY Painted Doormat

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Saturday 16th of December 2017

Does the pain run when it gets rained on? Thanks for the great idea!


Saturday 6th of May 2017

Amazing Idea! Great way to welcome people into your door. It was a super easy DIY project that brought a lot of fall flair to my front door.

Brittany Goldwyn

Saturday 6th of May 2017

Thanks Diana!

Lexy | Proper

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

This is exactly the kind of mat that I want on my doorstep! Very cute!

Brittany Merth

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Thanks, Lexy! :)