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2 Ways to Make a Doormat Cooler

created on: 01/30/09

Doormats, they're the first thing most folks will see as they step into your house, and in the winter they are the front line between horrid mud-melty-snowy boots and the rest of your place. So why aren't they more awesome? Well they CAN be.... Martha has not one but TWO techniques to give a bog-standard mat a little va-va-voom (sure they're relatively similar, but still...)

First a technique for adding a door number or lettering,

created on: 01/30/09

You'll need:

  • a coir doormat
  • masking tape
  • card stock
  • utility knife
  • ruler
  • T pins
  • enamel spray paint
  • house numbers or letters. I love the fonts at Urban Fonts.

This is a reverse stencil technique, and basically what you do is pin the numbers or letter to the mat, use masking tape to make a border then giv'er with the spray paint. see the complete how to here. I love the idea of a graffiti print "Welcome", or a cheeky "Sod Off". Or maybe your own version of the 'I am not a doormat' mat above (£22, Pedlars)

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The second technique is for two-colour pictorial stencils (Martha made a blue and red 'patriotic' mat).

created on: 01/30/09

You'll need,

  • a coir doormat
  • masking tape
  • card stock
  • utility knife
  • ruler
  • T pins
  • oil paints in the colour of your choice
  • paint thinner
  • paint brushes

And the images of your choice,  I think a faux bois pattern would look completely brill, or even a simple tattoo-style swallow motif.

Martha advises that "It's better to do two light coats than one heavy one". Head on over for the rest of the skinny.

 

 

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