Monday, January 16, 2012

Rubber Door Mat Wall Art

This week I am featuring the most

frugal decor idea that I have ever posted about...

{ This is my version }

{ of the same look for less }

I wanted a vintage iron piece for the wall

but could not find an inexpensive one.

 Our dollar store had some

outdoor black rubber door mats.

I purchased a few then spray

painted them with Heirloom White.

from Home Depot.

I took my hand sander to them after

they were dry to give them an aged feel.

I was quite pleased with the

results and made a few in various

sizes to keep in my decor shed.

I sanded heavier in some areas

to suit my own taste

but they could be left just painted.

Below are photos of how

I did them in my home

during the fall a few years ago

This rubber mat was smaller

and I used the same

Heirloom White Spray paint

Large rubber mat that I used

over the mantel

My updated version

mixed with my coastal decor

I love how versatile they are

these mats can be cut into

smaller pieces and also use different shapes

to create a larger wall grouping.

I will be posting next week

with a dramatic take on this idea.

Thank you to all  of you lovelies

who emailed me about this project...

I loved how quick and easy

this way to create

wall art with character.

Fridays post will be on

my love for vintage chairs

I am linking this post to

Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday

Much love to all of you

Me and Mr. Dior


the old white house said...

You are a decorating guru Kate! To take a rubber mat and create a work of art... genius! It turned out beautifully, and I can't wait to see more!
Happy 2012, I hope it's treating you well and that you have a year of prosperity and good health with love and laughter thrown in for good measure!

Annie Louise said...

Love this idea, had you not informed us it was a rubber mat, I would have never known--looks like an expensive piece of ironwork. Great job Kate!!
Blessings, Jeanette

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

I think this idea is genius!
That mat looks fantastic and one would never guess that it started out as a lowly door mat.
Always checking in to find inspiration here!
Take care :)

trash talk said...

I think we need to change your name to Albert Einstein since we all agree you're a genius. I love this and that pretty little head of yours for dreaming it up. Expect this to be copied over...and over...and over...beginning with me!

Polly said...


savvycityfarmer said...

adorable, all of it
and YOU said...

Hi Kate, That came out awesome!!!!! I am going to check the rug section next time I'm in a store. Thanks for the great inspiration today:)
~Debra xxx

Anonymous said...

A very cool idea and the iron mats look great!

It's me said...

Ow Kate !!!..what a great idea !!...i looooove it....thanks for sharing with love love

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

OMG! That is amazing.... It sure takes a very clever gal to think of that~ Hope your weeks is Wonderful!

Sandy said... certainly think outside the box. oMG how did ou ever see a door mat as a piece of iron? Kudos to you... love what you did! Have a great day. xoso Sandy

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Kate, what a great ideal, it looks just like a iron piece. Thanks so much for sharing.
Hugs~~~ Daphne

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Looks fabulous! Where did you find your mat? I myself love iron anything. Cheers Kim

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Wow! I am amazed.. Thanks Doll. Kim

Burlap Luxe said...

Brilliant idea !

Only you my girl would inspire another perfect use for a door mat :)

See you soon, and excited to see what next!

Bohemian said...

What a great idea and of coarse your Vignettes as always look positively stunning!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

My Vintage Treasures said...

Wow!!! Amazing Idea!!!

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

This is such a great idea, Kate! I would expect nothing less from you though...everything you do looks beautiful!!!
Can't wait to TALK...

Unknown said...

Oh my Kate, what an awesome idea. I can see that I will be making a trip today to my Dollar Store : )
Hugs to you sweety ~

Sue said...

Pretty darn clever Kate! I like it, a lot!!

Take care, Sue

Hayley said...

I love your take on this idea.. It's all over pinterest but yours is my favorite so far! Can't wait to see the dramatic take on it next week!

Anonymous said...

How did you hang it?

Sherry said...

That's brilliant! It turned out lovely, definitely got to give this a shot!

Sherry said...

That's brilliant! It turned out lovely, definitely got to give this a shot!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Great idea! Looks like iron! And of course, love the coral too!

hong kong property said...

that is so cool! who would have thought that doormats can be hanged on the wall. hahaha.

decorator to the stars said...


Anonymous said...

OMG I just love this! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Can You use any color

Anonymous said...

love it; can you use any color paint sorry

Anonymous said...

May I ask what dollar store did you purchase the mats at?

Anonymous said...

I have the same question. There are three dollar stores in my town...Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and The Dollar Store. Did you get it at one of those? :)

Anonymous said...

Love this idea! How many coats/cans of the Heirloom White did you use?

Anonymous said...

Wow ~ amazing is all I can say! LOVE your style..

Anonymous said...

You are a stinking genius! I LOVE your style too....

Anonymous said...

I went to all my dollar stores and could not find any mats! What dollar store? Even if I could find a mat for $5 I would do this project!

Nicolette said...

This is seriously the best idea EVER! Thank you so much for posting this!

Kate said...

Hi ladies

Please feel free to email me any questions regarding this project. Just use my link to email me. I first did this project back in 2009 and I live in Orange County The dollar store had them stocked that summer. I have found comparable ones at Wal mart for 7.99 Rite Aid during their summer products. Also Home Depot has inexpensive ones as well.

Unknown said...

Fabulous! I've read your blog off and on for a while, but finally remember to click "follow" today! Love!!!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

Jen Gilday said...

LOVE it! Such a fantastic idea.

Found you on pinterest!


jonnie515 said...

OMG!!! Just what I need above my couch!!! I'm hitting the dollar store on my way home tonight. THANK YOU!!!

Sherrie W said...

Brilliant is all I can say!

Linda S said...

"Wow" how creative Love it !!! was thinking if you cut out small square out from big mat and hang a frame in the middle and use the small cut out mat on the side or a different area of the house. Great job ! : )

Maddie Cedeno said...

Love your stuff!

Anonymous said...

I loved this so much, I already made one. I have one question how did you hang it?

Anonymous said...

How did you hang the mat? They look fabulous& want to make one, but curious how you went about hanging it.

Anonymous said...

I Just Love Your Site Will Try The Mat>

Anne said...

I love this! It looks great!

Anonymous said...

Amazing the different uses of everyday items. I would have never thought to use a mat...fantastic.

Anonymous said...

You would never know that it wasnt iron!! I am going to do this...Thank you
I willbe following you

Kate said...

Hi Girls

I hung the mats with 1 and a half inch finishing nail one on each side at top and one in the middle on top as well.

Thanks for all of the lovely notes girls!!!


Lisa said... one seemed to long until the nasty rubber smell goes away? Would love to do one but if I recall these mats STINK. Thanks for the info.

Kate said...

Hi Lisa

I let mine air out for a few days. The spray paint seemed to help seal in the rubber smell.

Warm Regards

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This looks SO fabulous...the distressing really made it look like an old iron grate...can't wait to try this!

Jill said...

These are really awesome! I can't believe they're made of rubber mats!

sandi said...

These are awesome and thank you so much for sharing! It'll definitely be a fund crafty thing for our home!

Vikki said...

This is the best ever DIY. You did an amazing job with your decorating to make it look like the real thing!

Redesigned Interiors said...

Wow, what a great idea! I can't wait to try it.

Thanks, Kate.

The Pinwheeler said...

What a brilliant idea! Love it!

Anonymous said...

I love this project and used Krylon "make it stone" texturized spray paint... it looks awesome! Can I ask how you hung it when you were done?

AnotherLisa said...

Just found you from pinterest. What I love about this clever idea is how you've solved my above- the- fireplace problem/opportunity. My fireplace is curved and beautiful brick, so all I've been able to hang is a wreath. Now I'll be able to bend the "iron" to fit the curve of the bricks. Thanks so much!

Bluebirds and Roses said...


Anonymous said...

did you use crackle paint?

Anonymous said...

love, love love it....

Christine said...

WoW !!.. amazing..Just bought my mat..Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Love the idea! Wondering if you remember your wall paint color! I love it:)

Anonymous said...

I love that wall paint color also. Can you remember what it is? You have totally inspired me!

Birdy said...

Beautiful! SO wish I could do this but my son is allergic to rubber. :-( Gorgeous. So glad I found your blog!

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Anonymous said...

Love this idea. I tried it for my bedroom. However my paint is flaking off. Did u do anything to your mat before u sprayed it?

Anonymous said...

Love this Idea.....found 12 in squares ...I spray them first and found that there was a lot of not clean cuts. :) so I have clean them up and respray them today. Hubby does not like the over all stress look :( So I think we will have the over painted look. ;)

Anonymous said...

Anyone figured out what the wall color is? Thanks!

DECO☆deniquo said...

i'm head over heels with this idea! thank you, so, SO much!

Anonymous said...

I am a recent college graduate and I'm trying to decorate my first 'grown up' apartment on a not so grown up budget!! This is incredible! Thanks for the inspiration!! You're a genius!!

Anonymous said...

what dollar store, havent been able to find any!!

Tricia R said...

Genius!!!! and now I will buy several and use them as a headboard for my bed!!!!!!! BRILLIANT! Thank you!

Mama said...

Absolutely love this! What a thinker!!!

Mama said...

Absolutely love this! What a thinker!!!

Anonymous said...

This is such an ingenius idea. I can't wait to make it. I also love the gray on your walls. What brand/color is it? Thank you!

Jet said...

Brilliant idea

Ingrid Duin said...

Love the simpleness of this idea, great!!!

Anonymous said...

I just did one of these great pieces of art and am happy with how it turned out. Now the tricky part, how do you hang it?

Anonymous said...

Oh sorry, I just found where you said above how you hung them.

Anonymous said...

Love this, just wondering how to hang it?

Rebekah said...

Absolutely in love with this project..I just stumbled across it on Pinterest, and have definitely added it to my list this weekend! I do wonder, though, how did you hang it without it stretching, sagging, etc.?

Andréa Coutinho Bem Casados said...


elliejjj3 said...

As if 9-2-12, where are you finding this inexpensive mat? I live in Georgia and have looked everywhere. Someone please help me with this!
Cheryl Ellenburg

**Mama*Said*Quit** said...

I've been looking for some inexpensive art for my back deck wall. This is perfect! I'm going to spray mine a deep red (not quite burgandy) & sand them. I can't wait!

imdaveswife said...

I love this idea, however, I would like to know if after 9 months of hanging on the wall, has the rubber sagged? Thank you!

Kate said...

Ladies if you would like the code to the paint color on my walls please use the link to email me. Vista Paints does this mix for me! I will gladly share the code with you!

As far as where to purchase they are carried at Home Depot, Wal mart if you cannot find them at your local dollar store. I have had no problems with sagging due to anchoring them on each side up top and in the middle.

Thank you for sharing you thoughts!

Susan McMillan said...

How did you hang them on the wall? I love them.

Arael said...

Fabulous!!! I did this in my living room!

Linda said...

Hey girl, I'm following you so I don't miss any more fab ideas like this one!
Linda (the other French Hen)Please check out our blog if you get a chance...

Juannetta said...

Awesome!! I'm definitely going to try this!

Kathleen said...

FAB idea!!! I'm on an awfully low Christmas budget this year and this idea is PERFECT for a few women I know that have great taste! hem....and one for me too!! lol

Kathleen said...

I bet Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree have good pickins! those that are wondering where to look for rubber mats....

Julie said...

I'm definitely going to try this idea, it's beautiful!! May even try grouping some together for a headboard over the bed...we'll see. Thanks for the great idea.

Anonymous said...

Love this!!!

Christina Paul said...

This is so Clever! So many possibilities! Thanks for sharing!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

WHAT? are you kidding me, this is the coolest thing ever!!!! Love!

Unknown said...

what can also work is cutting out the center of the mat so only the border remains, then you can use the border around a mirror or a picture as a frame.


Unknown said...

Amazing idea! Can't wait to try it out myself!

Celia Arredondo said...

Love this project!!! I could not find any door mats in a dollar store!!! some are 20 dlls or more, where did you find yours?

Micheal Hussey said...

Personally I think overjoyed I discovered the blogs.

Unknown said...

Just bought mine at walmart! $9.97 I'm so excited to try it! Awesome idea!

Unknown said...

This is such an awesome idea! I'm looking through my home for a spot where I can put one up myself! I actually featured this project on my blog (linking back to here, of course!), you can see it here:

Thanks for the great idea!

jegoldston said...

This. Is. Amazing. I'm in awe at the simplicity and beauty of it! Thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

where do you get rubber mats

Aimee said...

How did you hang it? I did this same project, but used a teal color & it looks great! But I wanted it outside on my porch. Since I have brick & siding, I was a little stumped on how to hang it. I ended up using twine, but am curious how you would do it differently.... BTW, I LOVE the distressed white! Very classy!!

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Dana said...

Could you please tell us how you hung it? I have a dollar store mat and it's kind of floppy.

Kate said...

Hi Dana I used three inch nails anchoring on the left and right corners across the top and then one directly in the center. Also half way down in the center I added another one. Please email me if you have any further questions. Love Kate.

Olivia at Joyfully Prudent said...

This is brilliant! Thanks for the idea!

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