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Monday, June 30, 2014

{DIY} Hola! Doormat

As part of our latest Home Depot Patio Style Challenge, we've been sprucing up the backyard. I thought we'd finished last year, but there are always new projects to be done, right? Especially outside, where things wear out more quickly...namely doormats.

With all the tracking in-and-out, our mats usually only last a season or two. I finally wised-up and stopped buying cute, but pricey, door mats, and now go with the durable, yet affordable, $5 Ikea mats. They start off plain, but fortunately, that's an easy fix with some paint and a stencil.

Hi Sugarplum | Colorblocked Doormat

Minus the cute pup, the 'before' shot isn't much to look at.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Colorblock Doormat

{What You Need}

Coir Mat (I used this rubber-backed one from Ikea) #TWSS
Vinyl Letters Used as Stencil ('Hola' decal from The Vinyl Company)
Spraypaint
Painters Tape

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Colorblock Doormat

{What You Do}

Tape off the area you want to place the stencil, and paint light, even layers. Let dry completely.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Colorblock Doormat

Remove painters tape, and place stencil over painted area, pressing firmly for a good seal. Obviously with the course texture of the mat, you won't get perfectly clean edges, but you want to avoid as much seepage as possible. Side note: 'seepage' should be banned from the English language. Agreed?

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Colorblock Doormat

With the stencil firmly in place, tape off the area you don't want painted.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Colorblock Doormat

Then cover completely with light, even layers of paint.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Colorblock Doormat

Once that's fully dry, peel off the tape and stencil...and BAM! Or I guess I should say...HOLA!

Hi Sugarplum | Colorblocked Doormat

I love the unexpected dose of personality in this little mat...such a cheerful welcome for our friends and family.

Hi Sugarplum | Colorblocked Doormat

Can you even handle Maggie's crossed paws?! All she needs is a set of maracas and this scene is complete.

Hi Sugarplum | Colorblocked Doormat

Are you doing any backyard projects? Stay tuned for more simple outdoor DIYs, and the refreshed patio space soon!

15 comments:

  1. That mat is DARLING! And Maggie's crossed paws? I can't even.

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  2. Maggie, sitting so lady-like. Adorable. What a fun and easy doormat project. Love it.

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  3. Um, I absolutely love this. I'm running to the store now to get the stuff to do it!

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  4. #TWSS You're so funny! Love the mat too..wish I knew about those mats last week when I was at Ikea!

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  5. Hola Mags!! Love her crossed paws. Such a fun doormat!! I almost don't want to wipe my grimy feet on it.

    Seepage should be banned along with: moist, creamy, & panties. ;-)

    xoxo

    P.S. I'm participating in their Holiday Challenge :-)

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  6. Oh my goodness it came out SO cute! Love the colorblocked effect too!

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  7. I think you should paint Maggie's nails - such a proper Southern lady. Cute project - our garage mat is straight up gross and I love the idea of doing something jaunty like this instead!

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  8. Very cute project and great colour combination! Maggie is such a sweet girl :)
    End of tenancy cleaning Vauxhall

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  9. All of this is so darn cute! And I always love an easy peasy project! Excited to see you in a few days lovebug! ♥

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  10. I'm cracking up...the first time I looked at the DIY doormat I read it as holla..instead of hola....it made me think of you dancing at the blogging workshop..haha. You are so adorable and could definitely pull off holla or hola perfectly!

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  11. Love! I can't wait to give this DIY a try. I've been eyeing one off, but couldn't bring myself to pay $70 for a doormat!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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