Recycled Wood Door Mat
I am very excited about this door mat. I was inspired by a gate my Grandmother had painted
for the entrance to her yard. Every Piece was painted a different color. I recently found a bird
house (upper left had corner) with these same colors so the door mat was the natural next thing to do! I love color and this door mat is a perfect eample of the colors I like to surround myself with. Red, Yellow, Blue, Green.
I did this in about 5 hours on a beautiful sun shiny, soft breezy Sunday.
It all began with a trip to the wood pile. These are pieces of fencing from a neighbor who
recently re-fenced his yard. All I did was ask if I could have it. Naturally he agreed because then he would not have to haul it away. It was a Win-Win!
I picked thru it and found 5 pieces that would work perfectly.
I then found 2 pieces for the support pieces.
I lined them up so they would be even.
I cut the ends to match the other side then sanded each piece. After all, this is a beach house and people would be walking on the mat with bare feet.
The next step was to cut and sand the supporting pieces. Painting was next. I used paint I already had.
I love the Dixie Belle Chalk paint. You can get both the Blueberry and Sea Glass colors at Amazon. The DecorArt has a new paint called “Curb Appeal”. Wonderful paint. Similar to Chalk paint. No need to sand just paint. Usually will cover in one coat.
I glued and screwed on the supporting pieces. I put my support pieces 5″ from the ends. I will be moving then out to the ends and perhaps a 3rd support piece in the middle. Reason being when I go in and out of my door I found that I typically step out on the side of the mat rather than in the middle. That caused the mat to raise a little and I was not comfortable with that.
After moving the support pieces the mat was much more substantial.
You can get Rapid Fuse here. It is a great glue for projects you want to finish fast. The glue dries in 30 minutes.
The final step is to seal it. I used Brie Wax. I like the Dark wax as it gives it the look of being old and weathered.
and then to its final destination. The Front Door.
The finished product speaks for itself. I just love it! It is practical, useful and colorful. It makes me smile! ;0)I LOVE IT!!! It is just as I imagined.
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