Learn how to paint a plaid welcome mat!
A few weeks ago, I read an article about fun DIY projects that we love, but that in reality, we will never do. A few were pretty intense, but one stood out. It was a very simple painted doormat that would probably take less than 10 minutes to complete. How did that simple project get on that list? But then I realized that I had never painted a doormat either, so I went and cried about my hypocrisy. Just kidding. I didn’t cry.
But I did come up with a plan to paint a plaid doormat to complete my curb appeal upgrade! One of my favorite things about DIY is getting to invent things that you can’t walk into a store and buy, like my DIY welcome mat.
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How to Paint a Plaid Pattern on a DIY Welcome Mat
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- Plain coir doormat (similar)
- Foam brushes
- DecoArt Outdoor Living in LilyPad
- DecoArt Outdoor Living in Morning Glory
- Start with a plain coir welcome mat.
- Figure out your spacing. My doormat has grooves which helps with spacing. In most plaid designs, one color is thick and one is thin. I decided that blue would be thick and green would be thin, with the coir color as the background. My blue line is about 4 inches thick and my green lines are about 1 inch thick.
- I painted the horizontal lines first since they were already determined by the grooves on the mat. You could leave it like this and have a striped door mat!
- When the paint was dry, I went back and added the vertical lines. I wanted the coir to show through as the background color, so I kept my plaid pattern minimal.
- Once the paint was dry, I put my DIY welcome mat in front of my lovely yellow door. I love the way these colors look together!
Tips for Painting Coir Doormats:
- A foam brush provided better coverage than a paintbrush. It was able to get in all of those nooks and crannies.
- If your lines aren’t perfect, don’t sweat it! Coir is very forgiving!
- DecoArt Outdoor Living is specially formulated for outdoor use. More importantly though, it covered in ONE coat! Gotta love that!
So, what do you think? I think a painted plaid doormat is the perfect fall touch!