I love trying out new DIY projects that I find on Pinterest. Some of them turn out beautifully. And others? Well, not so much. A while ago I pinned a DIY doormat and decided to give it a try.
DIY Wooden Doormat
Here's how I made my DIY Wooden Doormat.
First I cut some 1x2s into slats. I ended up with 11 slats that measured about 18 inches long. You can cut yours whatever length suits you.
Next, I used a pre-stain so the wood would take my stain evenly.
After the pre-stain dried (about 10 minutes) I wiped off any excess and then applied my stain, Kona by Rustoleum. I only used one coat because it’s such a rich stain.
Next, I drilled holes through each side of the slats so that the string could be threaded through. I doubled up on my hemp string and double knotted before and after every board. Be sure to pull your knots tight so that your mat doesn’t become loose and wobbly over time. You could use a thin rope for this part also. I just happened to have some leftover hemp string on hand.
I loved the idea of adding a personal touch with the lettering. So, I printed out a big ‘C’ (first letter of our last name) onto some card stock and then cut it out with an X-acto knife. Then, I taped it to the mat and carefully painted in the stencil with a sponge tipped brush.
I knew that this mat would get a lot of traffic since, well, it’s a doormat. So, I went ahead and brushed a few coats of Polycrylic on it, sanding lightly in between coats.
After everything dried I placed the mat in front of the front door and tried her out. Perfect! I can proudly put this project into the Pinterest “success” bag.
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