Is there a collective "whaaat??" going on out there? Yes, you heard us right... we are talking doormats you can DIY. These doormats are so much fun to work on and pretty to look at! Your creativity knows no bounds and you can use so many methods to convert plain jane coir mats into something that is fun, pretty and unique that will add a statement to your entrance. And... not to mention DIY'ing is a perfect way to give a faded old mat a colourful makeover. Now, how do we go about getting ourselves a DIY'ed doormat? One of the most favoured methods to "smarten-up" or DIY a plain mat is to spray paint it. Spray painting doormats is super easy and some good fun if you know how too. Here are all the things you will need for a DIY'ed spray painted doormat that will wow everyone.. including yourself!!!! A Plain Mat Duh!! Of course! The first step to the DIY doormat journey is to buy a plain mat. We at Canada Mats have some plain coir mats to get you started. Pick one of any size you would like as your spray painting canvas. Also, if the funky design you have in mind has a cool border... then we have your covered as well... choose from the 5 different amazing plain bordered mats we have! Paint Once the canvas (or the doormat) is set, next you need spray paint. This can be purchased from any hardware store or borrowed from male pals, if they have one. There are special lighter spray paint devices for home decor that can be purchased from online stores. Stencils Stencils can be made out of paper or cardboard using a simple cutter or scissors if you want to print letters or even designs on the mat. They can be cut out on a piece of paper like shown in the image. Or they can be cut-outs of an alphabet or a shape that you want, like in the image If you want to create a line based design, you can use masking tape. You can also use lids of old cans and jars and cookie cutters as stencils to paint a shape on the surface of the mat. Also, moulds, easily made out of potatoes, are useful for stamping custom design prints on the mat. Method — Choose a spot that can be used for spray painting–one that will not be affected by the mess you are going to create. — Place your coir mat on the chosen work surface. For further anti-mess protection - ensure the surface is covered with a newspaper first. — You can spray paint the mat with a background colour and then use the stencil to create shapes/alphabets. Alternatively, you can leave the mat plain and use the stencil or moulds to stamp the design on the surface. The matter has to be decided by your heart. — Allow 48 hours to dry before use. — Enjoy the end results. Tips
- Spray painting uses paint that coats the mat fibers rather than dye them the way professional mat manufacturers do. As a result, these spray-painted designs will be more vulnerable to fading. A good idea is to have a picture or design that is less dense or lighter in the center and more concentrated on the borders. A block of design or lettering stamped in one corner of the mat looks classy and arty.
- If you have a design that is evenly spread across the mat face, then always do a double or a triple coat, leaving adequate time for drying between two coats.
- Keep the stencil. It can be used to re-coat when there is fading.