Thursday, June 14, 2012

DIY Night: Chevron Doormats


What do you get when you mix masking tape, sangria, door mats, and a roof deck?  An awesome time spent outdoors crafting for our June DIY night!  We chose just the right craft for a perfect summer evening - chevron doormats.  With just a little masking tape and spray paint, we transformed a ho-hum doormat into a work of art worthy of a spot in the trendiest of homes!

DIY Chevron Rug

Once again, Pinterest provided us with our inspiration.  You can find the original idea we improvised on here.

The hardest part of all was finding a good, cheap doormat.  I searched high and low for some natural fiber / sisal looking rugs, but couldn't find quite what I was looking for at the right price, so I ended up with these black and brown rugs from Ace Hardware for $10 each.  I definitely wasn't thrilled about the look of them, but they are nice and durable, and the price was right.



Well, spray paint can do wonders for many things, and this rug was no exception.  We had white, gold, and neon pink paint to work with.



First came the masking tape.  This was the most time consuming part, but still only about 30 minutes total once we got the hang of it.  We just lined up the making tape along the bottom of the chevron guides we had printed and cut out and made sure to line up the edges cleanly.

DIY Chevron Rug

All that taping can work up an appetite so we had plenty of food and drink on hand:



The actual spray painting was quick (luckily, since it was getting dark on us!).  Three or four coats sprayed a couple minutes apart was all it took.  We did find that the white paint required some extra coats to really 'pop' against the dark mats.  We also tried to spray the rubber edges of the mats to add an extra pop of color, and while they looked great, the paint never dried completely on the rubber surface.  Lesson learned for when you try this at home - if you get the same type of mats, tape off the edges rather than spray painting them.  Or find a paint that adheres to rubber better.

DIY Chevron Rug

For this gold mat, I ended up trying my acrylic gold craft paint on the border (applying several coats with a foam brush).  It looks great, but time will tell how durable it is.  I wouldn't put craft paint on a rug you plan to use outside.

DIY Gold Chevron Rug


 
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