DY striped doormat | Hello Victoria

Please excuse the photos, there is no natural light in our hallway, and I can’t really pick the carpet…

Now, as much as I can (and will!) change the inside of our flat to my liking, I’m not allowed to do anything to the common areas of our building. I wish. I would love to give the hallways and stairs a fresh coat of paint that isn’t cream, update the carpet on the stairs, create some sort of funky mail box system, and dress up the entryway… etc. etc.   sigh   daydreaming…

The only thing I can do, is add a cute doormat outside our front door (and a funky wreath)! I searched around for a while, trying to find something I could buy that I liked, but to no avail. The one doormat that I found and loved, was unavailable in the UK and too expensive to buy online. However, it was a simple striped design that I thought I could recreate.

Modern striped doormat inspiration | Hello Victoria Blog

Striped doormat inspiration via Houzz

I searched online for tutorials about painting your own doormat, and from what I could tell, it just meant taping off your design, and either spray painting or dabbing on paint with a brush. I ended up going with the latter to save myself having to prep an area for spray painting.

I bought this simple plain coir doormat from HomeBase, although, once I got it in front of my door, I kind of wish I had bought a bigger one (oh well!). Using my inspiration image as guidance, I bought masking tape the thickness of the stripes that I wanted… or at least I thought I had. Turns out it was wider than my stripes once I brought it home, but we had some electrical tape that was the perfect width – score! My only other supplies were black and white acrylic craft paint from HobbyCraft, and a couple of cheap stencil brushes. (I chose stencil brushes as their stubby shape seemed perfect for my application; after all, I was sort of stenciling no?)

DY striped doormat | Hello Victoria

The doormat before, and after taping off the white sections

DY striped doormat | Hello Victoria

At first I tried to use exact measurements, but ended up just eyeballing most of it. As my inspiration was quite natural in the stripes, I wasn’t too concerned with some paint seeping or my stripes being exact.

DY striped doormat | Hello Victoria

This is after the first coat of white paint (I did at least two, with some touch-ups)

I began by painting the blocks of white, and let it dry completely. After that, I taped off the areas that I wished to remain white, and painted on the black stripes. Unlike the white, the black only took one coat, as the doormat had already soaked up so much white. Once those were dry, it was a simple matter of removing the tape, and voila! A DIY modern striped doormat!

DY striped doormat | Hello Victoria

DY striped doormat | Hello Victoria

Pretty simple no? So why did this take me months to finally tackle? Oh yes… procrastination… my old friend…

As for that wreath I mentioned? Well, I bought a copper metal wreath frame from Hobbycraft, and wrapped some bundles of eucalyptus, wax flowers, and large greenery to make a spring wreath!

DY striped doormat and a modern spring wreath | Hello Victoria

Modern spring wreath | Hello Victoria

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5 Comments on DIY Striped Doormat

  1. I love the wreath!! Are the plants all fake? If not, how long should it last? Did you treat the greenery so that it keeps for a while? Where did you get the wax flowers?

    • No, all the plants are real! Depending on the type of greenery you use, it will actually dry and last quite a while! I specifically chose eucalyptus because it dries well, as do holly and cedar (seeded eucalyptus is beautiful too). Really woody branches do well, but any flowers or more fragile greens will wilt. I still have this up after over a week, and just need to touch it up a bit.

      Wax flowers are real flowers (it’s just their name) that most florists supply as a filler flower. I used to see them often in BC.

        • It’s currently still up (what is that, a month now) and the leaves have all dried but remain green. I will probably change it for something different, with blossoming branches, but for now, it’s still looking nice!

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