Yesterday I posted about the fun entryway makeover we did on Britta’s apartment….well, on the INSIDE of it anyway. Today Britta is getting her DIY on and telling us how she made this adorable wooden doormat for the OUTSIDE of her entryway at a fraction of the cost of its’ retail counterpart.
I came across a lovely, cheerfully-colored wooden doormat in a magazine I was looking through recently, and I fell in love! That is – until I looked at the price tag! The doormat had a retail price of $70, and so that just wasn’t happening. But the more I looked at the picture, the more I thought, “Hmm, why don’t I just make my own?” And so I did! It was a surprisingly simple process that turned out beautifully, and I’m excited to share it with all of you today!
I looked the original wooden doormat up on Amazon and found out that its dimensions were 18″ by 30″, so I decided to use those dimensions as well. But first I needed some wood, so headed over to Home Depot to see what they had to offer.
I found a box in their lumber section with a variety of hobby/project woods, which ended up being perfect for what I needed. I chose three 2″ x 2″ x 30″ pieces to use as the base of my mat. I was looking through some ½” x 2″ slats, and estimated that I would need about 15 of the 2″ wide slats for my mat. I ended up buying eight ½” x 2″ x 4 ft. slats, that I could cut down into the correct size for the mat. All in all I spent about $30 for all the wood.
To sum up my wood supplies:
3 pieces for the base, 2″ x 2″ x 30″ (no cutting needed)
8 pieces for the slats, ½” x 2″ x 4 ft. (cutting required)
I also purchased paints for the slates that are suitable for outdoor use, which you can find at any craft or hobby store for around $1 a piece.
Then it was time to cut my slats into the proper size for the mat. I measured out and marked 18″ on both ends of my 4 ft. slats, and then used a hand saw to cut them.
Some turned out better than others, but I wasn’t too worried about them looking perfect. I figured the flaws would give it character. :-)
Once the cutting was done, I used a sanding sponge to sand down each of my 15 slats to prep them for the paint.
Once you choose the color pattern you want to use, paint your slats. I used some cheap foam brushes from the dollar store, and they worked perfectly. You only have to paint one side, and it’s up to you whether or not you want to paint the edges of each piece. Once they’re all painted, let them dry for a bit (it shouldn’t take too long).
Then it’s time to assemble! My dad and I elected to use textured nails rather than screws, for fear of splitting the thin slats. I lined up my 2″ x 2″ base pieces so that one was centered, and the other two were about an inch in from the ends of the slats. Then I used a hammer to nail in each slat over the base pieces.
I was planning on painting over the nailheads at the end, but I ended up loving the little glints of silver, so I left it alone.
Once your mat is all nailed together, you’ll want to seal it to protect the paint and wood from the elements. A really easy way to do this is to use an aerosol multi-surface waterproofer. Just spray it over your mat on all sides and let it dry for the recommended time.
See how easy that was?? I was so happy with how great this project turned out. It was so cute, but more importantly, it was sturdy and solid. And it was really fun to build too! I ended up spending about $40 from start to finish on this project, which is a full $30 cheaper than the doormat I saw in the magazine. All in a day’s work! :-)