Painted Doormat

3 Materials
2 Days

Have you ever purchased one of those heavy duty rubber doormats, they’re brightly colored and durable, but the vibrancy just does’t stand the test of time!? I’m here to make a suggestion, PAINT IT! I loved this doormat when I bought it, it was so fun and bright and made the tiny front entry so happy, until it faded to black. Then it just sat there, serving it’s purpose still but without any pizazz. I hate throwing out things that are still doing the job they’re intended to do, and this one in particular, how long does rubber sit in a landfill? Likely forever! So I painted it!

Here it is when it was new, bright and playful! But after 1 season it faded out entirely to the back rubber base. To bring it back to life I used some simple Apple Barrel acrylic paints!

There’s some remnants of the past life on the upper corners, but mostly worn off!

I started by giving all the raised patterns a coat of white as a base.

Once the white dried I went in with gold for the “welcome”

Then I added in the greens, I would suggest starting from the top and working down though… or flip it. I got green paint all over my sleeve 🤦‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

to give the colors a gradient effect I used the same color in different shades and put them side by side and dipped my brush half in one and half in the other.

Add your colors to the mat, I’m obsessed already!

oh so satisfying progress! I completed this over the course of a few days.

Obsessed with how this turned out! I sealed it with a coat of polyurethane made for outdoors to preserve the color, I’m not sure how this will wear, but I’ll update at the end of summer!

What do you think? Do you have an old door mat begging for a refurbishing?

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  • GMS28 GMS28 on May 03, 2022

    did you put any type of top coat on it, how does it stand up to you wiping feet on it, do colors stay on okay?

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  • Sonia Jones Sonia Jones on May 19, 2022

    Awesome job

  • Dee Dee on May 20, 2022

    My door mat is looking kind of shabby. I have tons of acrylic paint so I am going to give this a try. I wonder if Acrylic water proof sealer would preserve the paint. My mat in not out in the open so I think that would work. What do you think?