What’s the first thing that guests see when they come over? Your doormat, of course! A good doormat should work beyond wiping dirt from shoes; it should reflect your eclectic taste too. Quirky doormats are available at your local mall but they are quite expensive. Keep your coins and make your own! Today’s small apartment DIY is from our friends at simplyss.com and it’s the perfect project for folks who’d like to add personality and charm to their living spaces.
In this tutorial, you’ll be making a statement doormat using inexpensive materials. The best part? You can choose from 11 different templates! Are you ready to make your own statement doormat? Let’s get started:
You will need:
A blank coir mat
Outdoor acrylic paint
Step 1: Pick and Print Your Desired Template
Choose and download the template that you like here. The templates are designed for a standard 18×30-inch doormat but you can adjust the size as you print the design that you like.
Print the template using printer-safe cardstock. Once the design has been printed, get your blank doormat and lay the template. Go ahead and play with the printed template to decide how you’d like the design to look like.
Step 2: Attach the Painter’s Tape and Stencil
After deciding on how you want the design to look like, attach the stencil by setting the design in place with painter’s tape. The edges of the tape should overlap and form a layer on top of your doormat.
Press the tape into the mat firmly so the stencil will not move as you work on the design. If the tape is not attached properly, the paint will bleed and you’ll make a mess! Press the tape down one more time and you’re ready to paint the doormat design.
Step 3: Paint the Doormat
Place your printed stencil on top of the tape, laying it down exactly how you’d like it to appear when done. Set the stencil in place using pins. Cut the stencil out using an Exacto knife. The tutorial recommends using a new blade so you can cut through tight corners with ease. You want to cut through the card stock as well as the tape.
After cutting the stencil out, you can start preparing for the painting using outdoor acrylic paint to make the doormat weatherproof. Lay old newspaper on your work area, pour the paint on a disposable plate and with your paintbrush, lay the color on.
Apply 3 coats of paint so the color is completely opaque. Never press the paintbrush or sponge brush into the doormat because the excess paint will be squeezed out and it will bleed all over the stencil! Once you’re done with the painting, leave the paint to dry completely. If you are pressed for time, you can speed up the drying time by using a blow dryer. Just blow-dry the paint in between coats.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
When the paint has dried completely, remove the painter’s tape slowly and carefully. Don’t pull the tape in one go because the paint could lift in places that will ruin the finished design! After taking the tape off, the design of the doormat is revealed and you’re ready to seal it with a UV-resistant finishing spray. This will help extend the life of the design. Finally, you can now place your DIY doormat at your front or back door. You can also make several mats and give it away as housewarming gifts to friends and family!
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