How to Paint a Doormat

Dress your entryway in custom fashion -- no special skills required. This DIY welcome mat project is as easy as tape, paint, and repeat.

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If you haven't found the perfect welcome mat (or haven't found one at a price you like), take an afternoon to create a custom design.

You will need:

  • Drop cloth
  • Unpainted doormat
  • 2-inch masking tape
  • Spray paint
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1. Set unpainted doormat on a flat surface protected with a drop cloth. Be sure the area is well-ventilated. Using 2-inch masking tape, create the first layer of grass designs. Press the tape down firmly to keep paint lines crisp.

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2. Choose a hue of green (we started with the darkest of our three), and paint inside the "stencil" following manufacturer instructions. Let dry. Because the mat's fibers might absorb paint, you may need to add a second coat. Let dry. Remove tape. 

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3. Tape off the second layer of grass blades, varying the direction, curvature, and width to create dimension. Cover exposed areas with tape to protect from overspray. Paint a second shade of green, once again following manufacturer instructions. Let dry. Repeat if necessary. Remove tape.

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4. Determine the placement and design of the final blades of grass. Cover exposed areas with tape to protect from overspray. We chose our brightest shade for the final layer. Paint; let dry. Repeat if necessary. Remove tape.

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