Tuesday, October 5, 2010

DIY Monogram Doormat

While the weather is still so beautiful, I've been gardening and sprucing up our little houses' curb appeal. One project I've finally gotten around to is painting the front door and the shutters which I'll show you the B&A later. One fun project that I've done to help spruce up the entry is personalizing a plain doormat. I bought this at Wal-mart for just under 7.00, not too shabby, but it's just begging for a DIY project!
I love typography, as I know a lot of you do, so it seemed natural to do an E. I've been painting signs for my Etsy Shop, so I've got script on the brain anyway.

I used a standard glass plate to draw a circle in the middle of the mat for a couple different reason: 1.) To help me keep the size of the E in proportion 2). The circle keeps the E grounded

I free-handed the E using a marker and a ruler. You could also use a stencil if you don't feel comfy doing it free hand.
With regular acrylic craft paint and an artist brush, I filled in the E, and beefed up the circle.
It can't get any easier than that! Let it dry and it's ready to go!





This would be a fantastic house warming gift too!
I found some great 'junk' at Barnyard Days this past weekend...a big wooden drawer and a metal wheel thing. I stood the drawer up on end and sat a basket of fall leaves in it and sat a couple of pumpkins around too.


Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are inspired!

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40 comments:

  1. That is so cool! I love how simple and clean it looks!

    I shared it on my TT&J Facebook page and linked to you :)

    xox
    Jen

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  2. The mat looks beautiful, and no you can't get any easier than that! Your fall decor looks beautiful.

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  3. Michelle, I love the look. You're created a beautiful vignette. I love your blog look too!

    Have a blessed day. Hugs...Tracy :)

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  4. oh wow - i really like this idea - thanks :) its great!

    have a nice wednesday

    Betty Bake Blog

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  5. Love it! So simple and inexpensive. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  6. Adorable! I love it! Totally sharing on my FB page!

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  7. The only way to make it easier is for you to start taking orders...lol!
    Debbie

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  8. This is great! Our doormat is faded and in need of replacement. I could do this!

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  9. I love the rug!!! thinking even *I* could do that & *I* am crafty-challenged! also racking my brain to see if I have a drawer I can use to background my pile of gords on the step..... hmmmmmm maybe that crate thats..... yeaaaaaaaaaaa thank you!!!!!!

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  10. Beautiful! What a great idea Michelle.

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  11. Michelle, that looks so good. You have given me an idea now for mine. Great another project!

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  12. Awesome! Can't wait to make one for myself and I'm thinking these will make great a Christmas gift for teachers and friends! TFS

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  13. This is great! And, I love the decorations around your door!

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  14. I love this!!! And SO easy! Thanks for sharing :)

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  15. I love that! Wish I had a cooler initial.

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  16. Wow that looks so professional. Great Job.

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  17. Thank you for your kind comment on my Halloween Mum. Your photography is just wonderful, I'm envious. And your paint application on the doormat is spot-on. Excellent.

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  18. It looks great...what happens to the E when it gets wet? I love this idea, I would use a stencil...but, I think I could pull it off!

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  19. I love this....but we get so much rain where I live and I worry mine would smudge. I wonder if fabric paint would work well for me. Thanks for the idea

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  20. Sue, I think the paint will be fine, it dried very hard, but yes, outdoor craft paint, or fabric paint would work too.

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  21. Wow, it looks like the mat came that way! Very nice. :)

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  22. Love your door mat. Great idea.

    Your front porch looks wonderful with your new goodies.

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  23. very impressive - I like your autumn decorations as well!

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  24. Thanks for another fab idea...hoping to give it a go for Bakewell xx

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  25. Love it. You did a great job, and I can't believe you free handed that E. Your front door looks great. Visiting from UTT&D.

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  26. So I went to walmart bought the rug, got home and go to pull it out of the back. I let it barely fold and the rubber surround cracked. Hmmmm I thought and gently folded it again and again it cracked in a different spot. Maybe I just a bought a defective one. Anyway's I think I'll keep looking for a rug to do this on..... it looks so great!

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  27. Anon,
    It sounds like you did get a defective one! The one I bought was very rubbery and didn't crack at all! I haven't seen any plain ones like that anywhere else....

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  28. I got one and made it. Such a great idea! Not every Walmart has these things. I went to two before I found them and they only had one. Thanks for the great idea Michelle!

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  29. I love this!! Found it on tatertots and jello :) Thanks for sharing! Your whole front porch decor looks great!

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  30. I would love to do this! This is awesome! What a great idea, I would have to get a stencil for the S though!

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  31. This is lovely. So simple and elegant :)

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  32. HI,
    Thanks for the tutorial.. Really very much creative.. Thanks!!


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  33. Hi~ I am your newest follower! I found you on Pinterest-I love your DIY mat project!!! I linked up with you on my blog to share your idea & pictures on how to do this project. Hope you don't mind! I'm off to check out more of your blog!! BTW...our oldest son is Logan too! :O) - Susan @ The Secret to Having It All

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  34. Hi, stopping by to let you know I am featuring your super cute door mat on Made in a Day Wednesday! I'm your newest follower!
    Kim

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