Saturday, April 7, 2012

Please wipe your feet! (Doormat makeover)

Today is so nice outside. Seriously so beautiful. And we even have a chance of rain which would be awesome because of this horrible drought we are in. Our neighbors are literally doing rain dances out there right now. And I'm not kidding. They use drums and gather friends over to do rain dances.

So while I was outside hearing the drums beat, I was spray painting. Yay I finally tackled one of my many Pinterest projects!! Since I'm working on the outside of the house this week, I chose to give our doormat a makeover. 

This is what our doormat looked like before. I bought it several years back and believe it or not it used to say "Welcome". And years and years of wiping our feet on it, the letters finally wore off. 

So I stumbled across a how to article from Martha Stewart's website from Pinterest. They used painters tape and letters to make a custom doormat. So this got me inspired! And I did it. It's really simple. 

I made sure to clean the doormat as well as I could before I started. 

I had some 3M blue 2" painter's tape and also Green Frog's 1" tape. They both worked pretty good. I bought some cheap house letters at Lowe's. You can also print out and cut out your house numbers. But I really liked the style of the numbers. And plus I'm not that great at cutting out printouts! 

So I picked up these numbers at Lowe's for about $1.50 each. I was planning on going to get wooden numbers from the craft store but they were already closed last night. I just went ahead and bought the ones at Lowe's and I will figure out something else I could use them for later. 

Then I did a thick border using the 2" tape. And a smaller one using the 1". You can use a ruler or some sort of measuring device to help make sure it's even. I then just carefully placed the numbers in the middle. 

Then I went over it with black spray paint and let it completely dry before I removed the tape and numbers.

AND VOILA! Meet Matt! Yes I just named my doormat :-P

I think there is an improvement right? And it's not done "perfect" so please do not compare it to Martha Stewart's version! I'm happy with it tho. It's definitely better than before and I barely spent any money to get it done. 

So I got my inspiration from Pinterest to give Ol' Matt his makeover, the first being a Martha Stewart how to article, and the second is from Pottery Barn. The prices start at $69 there. So I'm happy with my thrifty makeover! :-)

Image via Martha Stewart (Source)

Image via Pottery Barn (Source)

So happy to mark one of my smaller DIY projects off my list. Now on to the next! 

Joining these awesome parties :


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Made by you Monday @ Skip to my Lou
Making the world Cuter Monday @ Making the World Cuter 
CraftOManiac Monday @ CraftOManiac 
Inspire me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds 
Motivate me Monday @ Keeping it Simple
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On the Porch
The Inspiration Board Link Party @ Carolyn's Homework
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Take-a-Look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee Crafts
Get your Craft on Tuesday! @ Today's Creative Blog
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
We Did It! Wednesday @ Sew much ado
Hookin up with HOH @ House of Hepworths
Show And Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Link Party Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursdays @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Creative Thursdays @ Michelle's Tasty Creations
Friday Block Party @ Curb Alert
Weekend wrapup party @ Tatertots & Jello
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Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating 
I'm Lovin' It Fridays @ Tidy Mom
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Watcha got weekend @ Lolly Jane Boutique 
Spread The Love Weekend Link Party @ Love notes by Lauryn
Unveil Your Genius @ Goings on in Texas
Saturday nite special @ Funky junk interiors
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Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty 
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Sunday Round up @ Heatherly Loves
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
DIY Project Parade @ DIY Showoff
Sunday Showcase @ Under the table and dreaming by Stephanie Lynn


  1. What a difference that made! Very nice. Congratulations on crossing a project off you list. That always feels great.

  2. Matt looks super! You did a great job, and I'm definitely inspired! I gotta try this!

  3. Wow! that is such a great makeover! Always feels good to be able to cross off that project! good for you!

    Bonnie @ uncommon

  4. What a great transformation! (And a great tutorial.) Found you at the Sunday Roundup and happily following you via GFC. Nice job!

    1. Thanks so much! And thank you so much for following me :-)

  5. Awesome makeover! Your's looks 100 percent better than the name brands. Love it!


  6. It sure is an improvement over the "old" version! It looks very classy.

  7. I love it!! I would love for you to share this with my Unveil Your Genius link party.

    Happy Sunday!

    1. Thanks so much Taylor! I will head over and do that :-)

  8. I've always wanted to do this and this was a great tutorial! Thanks for linking up at Sugar Bee Crafts. :)

  9. Love it! Thanks for visiting my blog! I will be following you know too!

  10. Hey, I found you on the Newbie Party ! Seeing this makes me want to do this for my house. :) Can you believe Pottery Barn would charge you nearly $100 for one of these ?? I love their stuff, but they are insane with the prices !! Seriously, though, great job ! Love it !

    1. I know it's kinda crazy right?! Thank you so much for stopping by and your sweet comment :-)

  11. Very nice, love this idea and it looks so easy! Thanks for visiting, too! -Jessica(Newest follower!)

  12. I love it! I still have a Christmas doormat at my front door so you have inspired me to do something! Ha!

  13. Wow, I love the mat, I will have to try that. I am your newest follower, Hugs, Lynn

  14. Great project. Fabulous results. Thanks for making it look so easy-I may have to give it a try.

  15. Turned out great!
    Would love to invite you to link up at our Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! (live now)
    ~Tami @ Curb Alert!

    1. Thank you so much for linking up to the Block Party. It's amazing how we can replicate so many home decor items on our own and make them look fabulous! Hope to see you again next week!
      ~Tami @ Curb Alert!

  16. love this! i would LOVE for you to link this post or any other posts you want to my weekend link party it opens at midnight tonight, hope to see you there!
    {love} lauryn @

  17. I love what you did with your mat. I did something similar to mine last year, but I like your mat much, much better! Awesome job!

  18. Hello from your newest follower! So glad you found my blog and SO glad I found yours!! This post ROCKS!! I have to do this now!


  19. Great idea! I love it! I am featuring this at Grab my "featured" button.

    1. Oh wow thank you so much! I will go grab the button now :-)

  20. What a great idea! That looks much better than some I have seen in stores.

  21. Outstanding! The mat looks amazing!

  22. That's such a beautiful idea! Love it!

  23. Allie,

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I love this idea. You can't always see the numbers on our house so this is perfect. Just one questions, did you attached the numbers or just lay them down and paint over?

    Can't wait to see what you link up next week.

    1. I am so sorry I'm do late in replying!! To answer your question, I just laid them down in place and then spray painted over them. I didn't have any problems with them moving or anything :-)

  24. Wow! What a great idea!! It turned out perfect. Thanks so much for entering this into the Project Pinterest Challenge! Best of Luck to you!