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.
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?)
The doormat before, and after taping off the white sections
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.
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!
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!