This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
Last week I told you about how happy I am of teaming up with The Home Depot for this year's DIY Workshops. They offer a great variety of amazing DIY-workshops in all of their locations.
You'll learn things like, how to get your lawn ready for Spring, how to install laminate flooring, or how to build a raise garden bed...
Well, they have these and many, many other FREE workshops.
However, creating a Wooden Door Mat (picture below), is the workshop you can sign up for this Saturday, March 26th. And that's precisely the project I'm sharing with you today.
And hey, I'm not the only one sharing this project. At the end of this post you'll find the links to visit each and everyone of the fellow bloggers who gave the same project, the wooden door mat, their own spin. You're going to get inspired to create your own, that's for sure!
These are the materials I used for a 30½" x 18" Wooden Mat:
- 18' 1x3's (You'll need 11 - 18" boards)
- 2 - 4' Diamond Braid Nylon Rope (¼")
- 20 - 5/16" stainless Hex Nut
- 4 - Flat washers
- Stain or paint to finish it.
Cut the 1 x 3's at 18" long. You can use a circular saw or even an old regular hand saw. I did it the fastest way, using my Ryobi miter saw.
Give those boards a good sanding, especially those ends.
Mark two inches from both ends of each board, that's going to be the location where to drill the holes.
I clamped each piece on scrap pieces of wood (above picture) and then, drilled the holes. First, using a 1/8" bit, then with the 1/4".
Since this is one inch material, you have to be very precise while drilling these holes. Take your time and go straight.
You can simply apply stain and thread the cord and you're DONE! But, you know me. ;)
I wanted something "Spring'y" to greet my visitors. That Spring-y idea was translated into painted leaves.
The boards were primed and two coats of Behr Marquee - Dove White - Semi-Gloss, were applied.
Once the white paint is dry, you can go ahead and draw your leaves design very lightly with a pencil. I first drew what I kind of liked on a piece of paper and then, used it as a visual guide to transfer the design onto the boards.
Two coats of Behr Marquee - Dried Chive - Semi Gloss were used to paint the leaves.
As you can see in the above picture, the mat boards were kept together by clamping two extra boards on each end. A little bit of paint seeped in between some of the boards. A quick touch up was done.
They all looked so good with just paint, but in order to preserve the finish even more, I went ahead and gave all the boards three coats of flat finish poly.
The final part was to pass the nylon cord thru the holes, adding a hex nut in between boards. Little washers were added on the outside before tying the knots. Burning the ends of the nylon cord prevents it from fraying.
And I LOVE it! It looks so fresh. :)
Did you notice I painted the hex nuts? Yep, I'm that picky... 11 green, 9 whites. ;)
Isn't that cupcake flower the cutest?!
As I said, some gardening was thrown in the mix. While at The Home Depot I also grabbed some herbs, so pretty! And hey, here comes a SURPRISE...
My wooden mat is TWO mats in one! If I get tired of one design, or want to change it for the new season, I only need to turn it around and Voila! a new mat. :)
I'm telling you, this is something YOU can TOTALLY DO!
For more inspiration, click on the links below to check the awesome
Wooden Door Mats
my blogging friends have created:
The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.
There are three types of Workshops offered: Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIY), and kids.
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