After doing my bedroom makeover I was looking for the perfect door stop to hold my door open. The old door stop gets pushed around by my robot vacuum. A new concrete door stop would be a great solution to this problem.
I went to my local Home Depot to pick up some mortar mix so I could a) make a new concrete door stop and b) enter the Quikrete One Bag Wonder contest! I haven’t really made any projects with Quikrete, but I did use it to set my diy hose hanger post.
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Materials needed to make a concrete door stop with Quikrete Mortar Mix
- Quikrete Mortar Mix
- Hammer (door stop handle)
- Plastic mold
- Cooking spray
- Utility Kife
- Sanding Sponge
- Stir Stick
- Clear Sealer (optional)
- Felt furniture pads (optional)
I chose mortar mix to get a really nice smooth finish for my door stop.
Combine Mortar Mix and Water in Bucket
I used approximately 3 parts mix to about 1 part water. A small bucket was great for this scale of a project. The mortar mix is HEAVY. A wheelbarrow was helpful.
Add water a little at a time, just as you would when you cook.
Stir Mortar Mix Thoroughly
The mix was a thick paste, but I made sure it was thin enough to pour into my mold. I used a fish food container for my mold.
Use Cooking Spray on Mold
Spraying cooking spray in the mold will help the mortar mix release from the mold after it sets up.
Pour Mix into Mold
Pour the mortar mix paste into your mold.
I chose a small rusty hammer that had some damage on the handle and was no longer useable. I felt the hammer head would make a great handle to lift the door stop. The handle was easy to push into the mortar mix.
Support hammer-allow mortar mix to set up
This being my first project I think I got my mix a little too “wet”. I needed to support the hammer and keep it upright. I used a clamp for this.
Remove Concrete Door Stop from Mold
After allowing the mortar to set up for over 24 hours I used a utility knife to carefully score the plastic so I could remove the mold.
Not shown: I used a sanding sponge to lightly sand a few rough edges.
The rusty patina of the hammer head makes me smile, but I wanted to stop it in it’s tracks and give the door stop a shinier look.
Seal Concrete Door Stop
A spray on clear coat sealer was the perfectly easy option to do this.
And, here is the AFTER of the concrete door stop after 3 light coats of sealant. I LOVE it!
Concrete Door Stop in Master Bedroom
Here is the new door stop in the bedroom. The robot vacuum does not push this little guy around. I attached felt furniture pads to the bottom of the concrete door stop. I have a LOT of mortar mix left—I see more projects on the horizon!
What have you made with mortar mix? I’d love to hear your suggestions for additional projects!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.