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Give a Cheap Floor Mat a Designer Look With a Paint Pen

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You know how stores will have some crazy-cheap item to get you in to their store? Well, last fall, I took Menard's bait and had to buy a rug they were advertising for $3 (I think, if my memory serves me correctly?) Yeah, it was super thin, and really.... not special. Plain black with some gray threading and just something to wipe your paws on. My word, I'd already spent a fortune on rugs in the house and couldn't handle a dime more. SO, this yawner has been sitting in front of my door greeting sweet visitors for months. I finally decided to shop for one. Nope, nothing. Nothing was thin enough for my door to glide over, cute enough, in my budget, etc. So I decided to do what I usually do. Upgrade what I have!
Time: 1-2 Hours Cost: $5 Difficulty: Easy
  • give a cheap floor mat a designer look with a paint pen, flooring, repurposing upcycling
  • give a cheap floor mat a designer look with a paint pen, flooring, repurposing upcycling
Rather than using a stencil and painting it the normal way, I decided to just outline it with a white paint pen. You shake a paint pen (marker) like a can of spray paint, until you hear the little ball rattling up and down and then you press the tip down until paint starts to flow. Then you just use it like you would a marker! For this, I had to go back and forth quite a bit so the paint really showed up, more like a crayon. Since the rug soaks up a little of the paint, the pattern does not scream at you, but is a little more on the subtle side. It is perfect though!
  • give a cheap floor mat a designer look with a paint pen, flooring, repurposing upcycling
Now the grand entrance on my porch has a cute rug to greet visitors rather than the cheap, boring floor mat. Just what this house needs!
  • give a cheap floor mat a designer look with a paint pen, flooring, repurposing upcycling
You can view all of this beautiful colonial home's new updated exterior here: http://www.kammyskorner.com/2015/09/exterior-updates-restoring-mansion.html

To see more: http://www.kammyskorner.com/2015/09/use-paint-pen-to-stencil-cheap-outdoor.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Lisa love
    Lisa love Caldwell, TX
    on Sep 20, 2015

    Thank you for the inspiration, our place in the country is named "Labor of Love" & I want to make a custom welcome mat using the pens!

  • Debs
    Debs Magnolia, KY
    on Sep 21, 2015

    This is a great idea, it looks wonderful at your door!

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 21, 2015

    What a wonderful idea Kammy. I have one of these rugs in our garage before entering the house. Now I just have to pick which stencil and grab a paint pen. Thanks so much!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Sep 21, 2015

    Love the update! :)

  • Eileen
    Eileen Baltimore, MD
    on Sep 24, 2015

    this is really cool! easily 'do-able' and terrific result!

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