Monday, May 16, 2011

Doormat Wall Art

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I made these awesome wall hangings last year and they are one of the few decorations in my house that I have never gotten sick of or moved around. I saw the idea in Lowes Creative Solutions and obsessed over it until I could make them for myself. I shared them on my family blog at the time, but I've received so many compliments on them recently that I thought I'd share them here as well.

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I started off with a few pieces of poplar board, 1 inch x 12 inches x 6 feet. I had them sawed in half, which left me with two 3 feet x 12 inch boards.

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I sanded and stained the boards a dark walnut color,

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lined the edges with painters tape, and covered the boards with this doormat that I picked up from Lowes. There were some places on the doormat where there was a little extra rubber attached to the design, so I cut this off first with an exact o knife so that the lines would all be crisp and clean.

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I then spray painted 4 light coats of Valspar's Ivory through the doormat - 2 straight down on the mat and 2 from different angles to try to fill in all of the gaps.

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I allowed the paint to dry for about 30 minutes after the last coat,

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and when I pulled the mat off I literally squealed with delight.

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I sealed the wood with a spray polyurethane and hung those babies up as fast as I could.

I used heavy duty sawtooth hangers on the back of the boards, and hung them on wall anchors spaced about 13 inches apart.

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The wood shows through beautifully and the design looks so elegant on the wall. The only real problem is that I wanted to put them in every single room of the house-the neutral wood and ivory go with absolutely everything! It took a lot of deliberation before they finally landed in the living room, but I was glad to finally have something to fill the space above the TV, and luckily my mom was willing to hold to hold them up against different walls while I debated.

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Have a great week!!


idesign May 16, 2011 at 7:21 AM  

this came out so pretty!! i love it :) found you over at the girl creative, come by for a visit sometime


Connie @ Salvage Savvy May 16, 2011 at 7:32 AM  

These are awesome!! I love that they are beautiful and super easy- thanks so much for sharing!!
Connie @

aggieam01 May 16, 2011 at 7:36 AM  

This truly is stunning. What a beautiful effect spray painting your doormat had. Thank you for sharing this awesome idea!

Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks May 16, 2011 at 7:45 AM  

This is such a great idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing! =)

I would love if you linked up to my make it for less mondays!

Hope to see you there!

~ Jaclyn

content2be May 16, 2011 at 7:57 AM  

Lovely...this is totally thinking outside the box! So what did you do with the doormat?

Pudel-design May 16, 2011 at 8:15 AM  

Looks fabulous!
Like old tiles or something!
Lovely greetings...

Charity Donovan May 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM  

i LOVE this idea!!! I have some left over hardwood planks & this would look awesome over our bed!!! THX a ton for sharing! =)

Unknown May 16, 2011 at 8:42 AM  

I love this! Great job

Mallory May 16, 2011 at 9:04 AM  

Love this idea! Great job!

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival May 16, 2011 at 9:46 AM  

What a great idea! Those turned out amazing.

Be Colorful Coastal May 16, 2011 at 11:46 AM  

You're right. It is a timelessly good looking piece of art. Love the idea. Love the colors. Love that you linked it BeColorful's Motivated Monday. I know the readers will love it too. Keep the fabulous flair flowing this way.

Anonymous May 16, 2011 at 3:05 PM  

Haha! I would have NEVER thought of that! Our doormat DOES have a great design though....I'll have to try this one! Thanks!

Leslie May 16, 2011 at 3:47 PM  

So simple, and so fantastic! Thanks for the tips! May 16, 2011 at 5:10 PM  

This is stunning. It has such a classic look to it, great job!

Suzy xxx

Deanna May 16, 2011 at 6:55 PM  

What a cool and creative idea! Looks great!


Whit May 16, 2011 at 7:38 PM  

What a fun idea. that is so pretty I want to do something like this in my new bedroom I will be making over this summer. I pinned this in my pinterest. Thank you for the idea. Come and say hi I love followers and I will be doing a giveaway soon so come and win a little somethin

Bekah May 16, 2011 at 8:11 PM  

Wow! What a clever idea! I would've never thought to use a door mat! keep it up!

TLF May 16, 2011 at 11:01 PM  

Oh, Wow!! These are fantastic!!

PC May 17, 2011 at 2:58 AM  

Such a brilliant simple yet WOW impact! Love it! Must copy it to my living room!

Emilee May 17, 2011 at 7:54 AM  

How creative! I love it! Looks so great and so easy too!

Miss Charming May 17, 2011 at 8:23 AM  

What a creative idea! They turned out wonderfully! I'll be copying your idea for sure.

Christina Marie May 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM  

Ooooo that is so awesome! I am going to do that in my entranceway for sure!!!
So can you still use the doormat as a doormat afterwards? :o)

Unknown May 17, 2011 at 4:08 PM  

The wall hanging looks lovely! who could have thought of using a door mat! pure genius!

Rachel May 17, 2011 at 6:37 PM  

Love this so much! I think I may have to try it sometime:) visiting from Making the World Cuter ~ Rachel

Unknown May 17, 2011 at 11:41 PM  

I love love love this! Looking forward to doing it in my new apartment as well! I'm your newest follower-I would love it if you could stop by my blog Newlyweds on a Budget


Amanda May 18, 2011 at 4:49 AM  

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Kari May 18, 2011 at 8:46 AM  

I soooo love this and have already thought about where I can hang it so I have a reason to make it! It turned out fabulous!!!

Emily S May 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

Wow this is SO PRETTY! I love the idea. It would look lovely in the bathroom I am working on. Great job!

Deviantly Domesticated Team

Suzanne May 18, 2011 at 12:23 PM  

Those are absolutely stunning! I am so in love with them and wish I could hang them in my house!!

Tricia May 18, 2011 at 1:49 PM  

That 30 minutes of dry time must have been TORTURE!

Great idea and beautiful end product!

Grinningcomb May 18, 2011 at 7:18 PM  

These are so beautiful I so want to do something like these, perhaps use them for my headboard since I've been looking for one for quite a while.

. May 18, 2011 at 7:48 PM  

What a great idea! It turned out so awesome!! :)

Homeroad May 18, 2011 at 8:49 PM  

Erin this came out so nice! I love it and I can't wait to try it!

Jennifer May 18, 2011 at 9:27 PM  

This is just brilliant! I loved it when I saw the thumbnail at Paisley Passions but when I clicked your icon to find out how you did it. . . I was amazed! Really cool! I'm going to feature this on Friday on my blog! Thanks for sharing!
Scissors & Spatulas

Leanne May 18, 2011 at 10:14 PM  

Wow! They turned out beautiful. Thanks for linking to Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I'll be featuring this.

Janet May 18, 2011 at 11:26 PM  

Oh, I just LOVE this!!!!

Mandy Beyeler May 19, 2011 at 7:44 AM  

Just featured this on my FB page!

Dacia May 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM  

Wow, what a great idea! It's beautiful!

Alicia @ Sweet Ava Kate May 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM  

These are just beautiful! You did a great job and I love the look! Thanks for sharing!

Anna May 19, 2011 at 3:23 PM  

This is genius! I love it.


Anna May 19, 2011 at 3:25 PM  

This is genius! I love it.


Beth @ Free Stylin' May 19, 2011 at 3:38 PM  

Oh! These are seriously SO beautiful!! What a great job! I made a similar project with a place mat for Valentine's Day. Check it out if you'd like!

Kelly May 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

So smart!!

Susan May 19, 2011 at 10:18 PM  

What an awesome idea! Love this!

Michelle @ Delicate Construction May 19, 2011 at 11:51 PM These are gorgeous!!! I am visiting from Somewhat Simple and I would LOVE if you would kindly link up this awesome idea to my very FIRST Delicately Constructed Fridays; a crafty linky party that starts tomorrow!
Please :)
Have a great day!!

Patrice May 20, 2011 at 6:25 AM  

I think this is amazing every single time I see it!

The Clay Trowel May 20, 2011 at 8:32 AM  

That is brilliant! Maybe someone has already mentioned it but I wonder how it would look if you kept the back rubber mat and glued and cut it on the wood pieces? You could experiment with even spraying the rubber mat a more iron looking color (oil rubber bronze?) and it could look really cool!? Was it hard to use the exacto knife to cut off the extra part of the rubber? Do you think it could work like that? Anyway - AWESOME!!!

Brittney May 20, 2011 at 9:51 AM  

Wow, awesome! What a great idea!

Korrie@RedHenHome May 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM  

Absolutely fabulous! It fills your space perfectly.

Kathy May 20, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

Just saw your feature on Scissors and Spatulas and had to come see how you did this! Wow... fantastic!! Seriously awesome job!!

Suzy Myers May 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM  

Wonderful idea!! And you even now have a cute white doormat to match! Ha!

I would be honored if you would link up to my Commercial Break Thursday and share this project!


Chiara May 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM  

I absolutely LOVE this idea and final product. How did you think of this? It is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing such a cost effective and beautiful DIY.
I shared this tutorial and project on my Friday Favorites post today. Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for the inspiration!

Steph @ Birdhouse May 20, 2011 at 12:58 PM  

So creative and beautiful! The funny thing is that I just bought this exact doormat last night (to use as a doormat). I wonder if my husband would mind if I painted it!

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees May 20, 2011 at 5:57 PM  

What an amazing project!!! I'm in LOVE with your idea!

I would LOVE if you would add this project to our What I Made Wednesday Linky is the last day!

Also, enter for a chance to win a homemade hair bow!!!

Briana @ Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} May 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

This is such a brilliant idea! Love how it turned out!
Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
Hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
xoxo from Germany,
Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

Michelle May 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM  

what a great job! And easy too! checking you out from Scissors and spatulas ;)

Have a great weekend!

Unknown May 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM  

That is such an amazing idea! Now the hubby is really gonna think I'm nuts when I start bringing home random objects to use as stencils. lol

reFresh reStyle May 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM  

just what I need! Thanks for sharing!

Sure Fit Inc. May 23, 2011 at 8:21 AM  

Wow, Very creative idea and the end result is amazing!
Sure Fit Slipcovers

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees May 24, 2011 at 9:52 PM  

Just wanted to let you know that we LOVED your project!! It will be featured tomorrow at Sweet Peas & Bumblebees! :)

Laura @ live.laugh.photograph May 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM!!! seriously stunning work :) i think i want this in my living room now too!

p.s. I pinned this on my pinterest page :)

Netta May 25, 2011 at 10:17 AM  

The blank wall in my dining room is thanking you!!!
(and so am I)

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker June 24, 2011 at 3:43 PM  

This is the best idea I've seen in a long time-I am 100% trying this one out! Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous July 10, 2011 at 7:08 PM  

May I ask how you hung these? Thanks so much!

Prudently Painted Vintage July 20, 2011 at 11:38 AM  

LOVE IT!! I am pinning it NOW! Thanks :)

Michell @ Girl In Air July 27, 2011 at 9:35 AM  

Oh I LOVE it!!!!! I pinned this OF COARSE! I'm wondering if I can roll paint and 'stamp' my wall for an easy peasy stencil look?? What do ya think??

Eastern Shore Mom August 9, 2011 at 4:12 PM  

What did you use to hang them? LOVE this!!

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy September 8, 2011 at 6:44 PM  

Fabulous! (I'm re-pinning this idea)

Donna T. September 10, 2011 at 7:42 AM  

I love this idea...have been looking for something dramatic and unique to go above our bed...thanks for sharing...I repinned the idea...I'm sure it'll be repinned many times..


Linda November 26, 2011 at 1:47 AM  

We did it! My husband and I bought all the supplies on Monday and it is finished. It looks wonderful! And it was so easy! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful idea. I can't wait to get them on the walls!

kaitrosewhit December 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM  

Can you email me how you hung these?! Thanks

Jennifer January 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM  

You've gotta love LOWES for all their creative ideas!

Anonymous January 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM  

Womderful idea. How did you hang them though? What did you attach to the back?

Julie Bagamary January 28, 2012 at 7:02 PM  


marjoriethe7th January 31, 2012 at 9:06 PM  

My husband just completed 2 panels and unfortunately smeared some of the paint (he is SO impatient!!). Any suggestions for cleaning it up a bit? He used some q-tips to dab up the paint that was where it shouldn't have been. He did stain the wood first.....

Kelly Oribine February 11, 2012 at 10:53 AM  

So lovely. What a fabulous idea!!

Country Chic In North Idaho February 24, 2012 at 10:23 AM  

Gorgeous... added the link to my blog.

lisaasil March 8, 2012 at 8:29 AM  

i found you on pinterest and made these last night I totally squealed with delight lol I also found a great idea for the mat, just sand it a bit and it looks like aged metal, two decor projects in one Thanks so much.

Lei Petals March 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM  


Unknown July 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM  

What a great project!! LOVING the fact that you used your mat as a stencil. So creative. Thanks for sharing. I linked this up on my round up:

judy July 14, 2012 at 9:09 PM  

All I can say is that I am amazed. It is flat out beautiful. The instructions were clear, easy to understand . Think I may give it a try. Thanks for the great instructions. Great project. Thanks for sharing

Our Pinteresting Family September 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM  

What an amazing idea!

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