Friday, August 17, 2012

Rubber Door Mat Wall Art {DIY}

As the new year began I

posted about one of the most inexpensive

wall decor IDEAS I created tailored

for that vintage feel...

While at the flea market back in 2009

I came across a beautiful vintage iron piece

that I wanted to use as wall art.

Sadly enough the sticker

 price sent me home leaving it behind.

A few weeks later I stopped in at

 a local dollar store

that had a pile of rubber door mats

as I stared at them

 I realized I could get a similar look.

I would create my own vintage looking iron piece

for a fraction of the cost!

I have received many emails over the past months

asking various questions

so I thought it

would be helpful with a quick {DIY} post.

I used spray paint from Home Depot 

in Heirloom White that has a matte finish...

You can prime with any light color as I did here

just to get a base coat on the black.

Then I used two coats of the Heirloom White, also

I allowed a few days of airing the mat outside

to rid of the strong rubber smell.

After a few days

using 120 grit sand paper on a small hand sander

you can distress the areas you wish to add

an aged feel to your mat...

I really removed areas of paint where I wanted to

create a worn over time affect...

Next I measured the area on the wall

and placed a two and a half

 inch finishing nail to center the mat.

Using a small hand level

make sure the mat is straight across the top

before adding either screws or finishing nails

on each side of the mat to secure on your wall.

I love how simple and easy this project is.

{no muscle needed from the Mr.}

As you can see from This Post

you can group a few together and use

various shaped mats.

If you have any further questions regarding

this {DIY} project

please email me using my link.

I will be linking up this week

with my favorite gals

in blogland!

Have a beautiful and blessed week!


Anne said...

I missed this the first time around.Glad to see you post this again! Great idea.And much safer to hang than a heavy iron one.It looks authentic too! Great job!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Wow, what a great idea! Thanks for the tip.

Hope you are feeling good! You are in my prayers. said...

Yes, I do remember that post. Thanks for the tutorial. I LOVE how you did more than one on your wall. It looks great!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Geneva said...

Genius! I'll definitely pass this along.. Great Salvage Dior!

Ann said...

Kate, this is just awesome. I just love seeing how creative you are with altering home decor. I am going to file this in my computer in my brain, and if I come across some rubber mats will give it a try. Thanks for the DIY.

Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road said...

It's no surprise this project has been pinned 10,000 times!!! You're awesome as always! xoxo

Kristen Whitby said...

Kate, this was such a great and original idea! I am so impressed that you oculd make something from the dollar store look so amazing! You definitely have the touch. P.S. I want your hair... and talent... and everything in your home... :)

Faded Charm said...

I just love how thesats "pop" on your wall. Such a wonderful idea by thinking outside the box:-)

Hope you are staying cool down there. We've finally warmed up and I'm loving every bit of it!!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I just LOVE this project, Kate! Thanks for the tutorial, too!

Bente said...

This is so beautiful. Love the idea.

Have a great day

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! This is a fantastic idea! Thanks for the tutorial! I love this idea!

Ticking and Toile said...

Amazing! Just love all you do!

Amber ~ The French Pressed Home said...


stefanie said...

your sooo clever!

"Create Beauty" said...

What an amazing idea!!! I like how you think...

~ Violet

Anne said...

Thank you for a wonderful and cheap idea .... You've just proven how to have something so beautiful and it not cost a arm and leg... Can't wait to try this !!!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I'm glad you reposted's a great idea for my new space!

Jenni said...

Oh, this is amazing! I must buy a door mat and try this out! What an inspired idea! :)

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! :)


lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

This is the COOLEST idea!!
Very creative and definitely unique (just like you :)
Hope all is well...miss talking to you.
Sending huge hugs and much love to my honorary Jersey Girl. xoxo

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Kate, I would have never guessed it was a rubber mat. Sweetie, you are so clever beyond words. Honestly, I have seen alot of those iron wall accents. I even have a small one above a door. But only you would be clever enough to think of using a rubber mat. Thanks so much for sharing your instructions with Share Your Cup. I will be featuring you this week.

Unknown said...

Kate, these really caught my eye, you are so very talented, love following along!

xoxo, Tanya

Chelsea said...

This is a fantastic idea. I love that I already have these supplies at home!

Unknown said...

Was the dollar store you found it at a chain or was it a local business? The closest thing I can find to a cheap doormat is $20 at Lowe's, any suggestions?

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