Have you ever stenciled a door mat? I made a doggie mat years ago for my cousins. At that time I bought a couple of two packs of run of the mill carpet pieces that you may use inside your door or in front of your washer or sink area. While cleaning out the guest room, I found the rugs and they had been stored for a long time and were curled up on the edges. I brought them to the living room and slipped them under the sofa so they could reshape themselves into their normal flatness. After they retained their shape, I pulled one out and got busy doing this quick and easy welcome mat project with some painter’s tape.
How to create a border on a diy welcome mat
I applied the tape all around the perimeter of the rug. Mine happens to be carpet fibers but you could also use an inexpensive sisal rug as well.
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TIP: Don't waste tape
I wanted my outside border to be thick, so I made it as wide as the painter’s tape. Instead of wasting long pieces of tape, I used a couple of short pieces so that I knew where to place the second section of tape.
For the next section, I just sort of eyeballed it.
Use paper to protect unpainted areas
I used some printer paper to cover up the center of the rug. I reused those smaller pieces of tape that marked the outside border to hold the white paper in place.
Choose your favorite spray paint for the welcome mat
My first thought was to use black paint, but then I remembered I have this beautiful Oxford Blue (satin) from Krylon. It was cold outside, so I was working on this part of the project indoors. The paint had been stored indoors as well, so I decided that as long as the paint and the project were warm, I could get away with spray painting outdoors.
I rubbed the tape down the best I could, and laid the rug on the tarp. When spraying a project like this, it’s best to hold the can very horizontal so that the paint doesn’t accidentally spray under the tape.
Spray light coats evenly
I sprayed a very quick light coat all over and then did a slightly heavier second coat. This is after those two coats.
Remove tape carefully
I removed all the tape starting from the outside in, with the paper being the last to be removed.
ta-da! It’s done!
DIY Spray Painted Welcome Mat
Here it is outside my diy picket fence gate! I love, love, love the dark blue spray paint. I’m so glad I didn’t paint it black.
Do you think it’s missing a little somethin’ somethin’? Me too!
How to make a monogram stencil
I designed a “W” in my Silhouette program and used my Silhouette Portrait to cut it out of contact paper to use as a stencil.
After weeding the monogram from the contact paper, I laid it on the small rug to see how I wanted to place it. It fit perfectly in the center of the area I left.
I simply peeled the backing away and placed the contact paper stencil onto the rug.
Painter’s tape helps hold the contact paper stencil in place.
I used some white craft paper to protect the outer edges of the rug from the spray paint.
Because the contact paper doesn’t secure completely to the fibers of the rug, I had to be careful to spray straight down, and not to the side.
DIY Stenciled Monogrammed Welcome Mat
Perfect! I love, love, love how it turned out. This was such an easy project, it makes me wonder why I waited so long…. and I still have four more rugs left!
This is the Welcome Mat I made for the cousins. It says Welcome to Dogpatch! The pooch resting on the mat is my sweet Louie! By using contact paper stencils, there is really no limit in making your own custom welcome mat!
I would love for you to Pin it!
Be sure to visit my friends to see the fabulous “after” of all of these thrift store items . . .
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Chalkboard Wall Art by Our Southern Home
Rattan Lamps by Domestically Speaking
Easy Spray Paint Welcome Mat by My Repurposed Life
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Repurposed Farmhouse Tote by Refresh Restyle
It’s all about the thrill of the hunt for me! Do you love thrift shopping as much as we do?
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.