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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

Got a question about this project?

  • Carrie Hawk
    Carrie Hawk Tullahoma, TN

    Great! Neat thing is, if you get tired of the design, you could do a spray paint job and start over with a new design. Neat. I'm going to have to give this a try. Old mat is getting ragged.

  • Marilza Ferrao

    Ideia maravilhosa para dar cara nova a um velho tapete.

  • Mary Kay White
    Mary Kay White Joshua Tree, CA

    Love, Love, LOVE it! I'm gonna jump in with both feet and paint the back cement patio and the front wooden "sunrise deck"... probably in the springtime tho, it's much too cold now, I think.

  • Suzanne ward
    Suzanne ward O Fallon, MO

    Can y [u wash with hose? I really like this, good job!

  • B. Enne
    B. Enne Canada

    WOW I have a similar mat...I may just have to try this, thanks.

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