The original owners of the house left a gross moldy old doormat that I threw out when we moved in and I haven’t had the motivation to get a new one until now. Inspired by Cupcakes and Cashmere, I decided to make my own.
I wanted a large sized doormat to fit the space so I purchased this one from OSH and gathered other supplies I had laying around the house.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Plain doormat, any size you want
- Paper bag/plastic trash bag/drop cloth/something to lay your mat on in case the paint seeps through
- Sponge Brush (I recommend one for each color)
- Oil-based paints in your choice of color
- Masking tape or Painter’s Tape (whatever you have lying around)
- Measuring tape/ruler (optional)
I searched Google and Pinterest for some geometric inspiration…
…and somehow came up with a mish mosh of whatever I could tape down. I divided the mat into 4 even-ish columns, 3 even-ish rows and diagonal lines across each square. You can’t really tell they’re not even and who’s going to know (except maybe you)? The mat isn’t exactly the same dimensions that it says either, so I half measured and half eyeballed to come up with my best guess of what was even. Forgot to take a picture after this, but you can see what I did in the pictures below…
On to painting. So Cupcakes & Cashmere used acrylic paint, but when I read the label…
…it seemed like a not so good idea. Clean up with soap and water? I live in California where it rains almost never, but I didn’t want to risk a grey/yellow/white doorstep just in case. So one triangle is painted with this paint and I painted over it later with oil based paint. I had yellow and grey purchased at Home Depot that I had left over from another project. Here in California, you can only purchase pre-mixed oil based paint in these small cans or smaller (which is more than enough). I used about 1/3 of the can of each grey and yellow in a gloss finish and a smaller can of white in a matte finish (not pictured and no reason for change in finish—just picked up a random can) from OSH. The guy who was helping me thought I was crazy when I said I was painting a doormat. He probably has an ugly doormat.
Side note: Do this outside. It stinks.
I used a sponge brush to smash in the paint. And it takes more paint than you think because it just sinks into the mat and isn’t all that spreadable. My tiny bottles of acrylic paint weren’t going to suffice anyway. I found the best method was to dip then entire brush in the paint, smash the flat/wide side of the brush into the mat to get the best/fastest coverage, and maybe move it side to side a little to distribute (not that it moves very much). I ended up with a lot of paint splatter on my legs (not so easy to wash off…lesson learned).
I did 2 coats of each color and after about 45 min of painting, I got this. Looks kinda ugly and the paint colors don’t seem all the vibrant…except maybe the ONE yellow triangle I used acrylic paint on (oops)…
But, no worries! I tore off the tape and look what I got:
Not bad? The yellow triangle looks way less obvious in person. I set it off to the side to dry for 24 hours before placing it in front of the door to walk on. Here it is:
That door is so dirty…