Thursday, April 6, 2023

Welcome Mat Upcycle


I have welcome mats (doormats) at each of the exterior doors of my house and I usually switch them out based on the holiday or season.  Sooner or later, they start to fade and show wear and tear from use. 

One of my favorite doormats was rubber mat decorated with flower pots.  After several seasons it was faded, but otherwise still in good condition.

I wanted to upcycle the mat and give it a bit more life by painting the mat.  Before I could add paint, I needed to clean it.  I went to work by spraying with some multi-purpose cleaner and scrubbing.  This step took some elbow grease, but I was able to get a lot of the dirt and grim off the top of the mat.

From there, I took basic acrylic paint and mixed a few colors of green for my “succulents” and then a simple white background, and light brown pots.  After several layers of paint and letting it dry over night, I sprayed the top of the mat with a clear spray paint so it wouldn’t run when walking on it.

After several months, I can say it is still in great condition.  I might try this on a few other mats that are still in good condition but the design is fading a bit. 

Let me know what you think!

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