DIY: paint a cheap doormat to make it cuter!

DIY doormat upgrade: Take a cheap door mat and spray paint a pretty pattern on it. Cheap and easy project! www.prettyprovidence.com
Remember when I said I wanted to try DIY-ing this door mat? Well I decided that having it say “apartment sweet apartment” wouldn’t work since I’m hoping to not be in an apartment a few months from now. So I just decided to do a fun pattern instead. I got the cheapest door mat I could find – this navy blue one from walmart for $3.99 and I spray painted it. Here’s the how-to:

What you need:
cheap door mat
spray paint
painter’s tape (i love scotch blue)
freezer paper 
scissors
How to:
First spray paint your mat to desired shade of new color. I had to do a few coats since my mat was a dark blue and I wanted it turquoise.
DIY doormat upgrade: Take a cheap door mat and spray paint a pretty pattern on it. Cheap and easy project! www.prettyprovidence.com
Cut a piece of freezer paper to the same size as your mat. Completely cover the waxy side of your freezer paper with neat rows of scotch blue painter’s tape. Like so:
DIY doormat upgrade: Take a cheap door mat and spray paint a pretty pattern on it. Cheap and easy project! www.prettyprovidence.com
Now you have essentially created a giant sticker. The freezer paper just keeps it from sticking to everything and makes it possible to draw and cut a design out of. Turn your giant sticker over and draw a pattern on the white freezer paper. I free-handed mine. Cut the design you want out of the giant sticker. (This is the exact same method used for freezer paper stenciling.) Once you are done, position your outline pieces where you want them on your mat and remove the freezer paper from the bottom, sticking the tape to the mat as you go. Like so:
DIY doormat upgrade: Take a cheap door mat and spray paint a pretty pattern on it. Cheap and easy project! www.prettyprovidence.com
Spray paint away! Do as many coats as you need, and let dry.
Like this project? Check out this old telephone makeover and DIY mirror frame. You’ll probably like them too!
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