Monday, April 2, 2012

Doormat Project

I have been wanting a doormat for my front door for a very long time but was not loving anything I saw in the store.  I wanted to add interest and colour but keep it simple at the same time.  I looked around on Pinterest and found this doormat on and I new it was exactly what I was looking for.  Pretty, simply, colourful and I could create it myself ... with a little help from the hubby :)

We headed to HomeDepot and bought a long piece of pine, rope, a clear coat spray to protect from the elements then we went looking for paint.  We were checking for the mis-tints as that is a great way to get a lovely colour at a very discounted price.  My husband stumbled across a large bucket full of small sample bottles of paint for $1.00 each!  We grabbed one of every colour (two of the ones we really loved) and headed home. 

Craig cut out the planks for me (he used about half the board) and drilled a hole in the sides near the top and the bottom.  From there I put a coat of primer then 2 coats of colour.  I am happy to say I still have a ton of paint left in the containers and am searching for new things to add colour to.  I then sprayed all the sides with the clear coat three times. 

The last step was to feed the rope through the planks and tie knots.  I measured out just over 6 feet then I separated the rope so I had three individual pieces, I used two of them.  I then fed them through, both at the same time, pulled them tight and tied very tight knots.  I could not be happier with the end results.

 Not only was it exactly what I wanted but I got to make it myself, there is something so satisfying about creating something out of nothing. 

The other thing I like is that the total cost of materials was much less then the other doormats I was looking at and it will last a lot longer then any of them would.  If the paint needs to be refreshed all I need to do it cut the rope, repaint and then retie. 

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