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DIY Workshops - Wooden Door Mat

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The home depot workshops - Front porch with planters and wooden mat with painted leaves

Nothing like a brand new rug by your front door to welcome the new season!  This time I'm welcoming Spring with a fresh and vibrant "leaves" rug! A wooden rug that you can make this weekend and I have all the details for you. ;)

This is a project done for the Home Depot's DIY - Workshops, 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!

dark stain wooden door mat holding shoes and boots
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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.
planks of wood being cut with miter saw

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.

rough and smooth ends on wooden planks wit Ryobi cordless sander

Give those boards a good sanding, especially those ends.

measuring tape and drill to put the planks of door mat together

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.

Behr Marquee and Kilz for painting door mat

You can simply apply stain and thread the cord and you're DONE! But, you know me. ;)
I wanted something "Springy" to greet my visitors. That Springy idea was translated into painted leaves.
The boards were primed and two coats of Behr Marquee - Dove White - Semi-Gloss, were applied.

using green and white paint for door mat

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.

using cord throughout the planks of wooden planks

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.
leaves design on wooden door mat

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. ;)

diy - wooden door mat - green and white

I was so glad to bring this mat to my front porch. It was so sad and bare, I gave the whole area a good clean up, and I even did some gardening!
Front porch decorated for Spring - Green door

Isn't that cupcake flower the cutest?!

yellow rain boots on doormat with lots of green herbs to be planted.

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...
painted door mat for spring

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. :)
rain boots and gardening plants and watering can

pieces of wood put together to create a door 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.

*I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commision guidelines.*

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  1. Yours turned out so cute Cristina! I'm loving the spring weather and it makes me want to DO stuff! Next on my list is raised garden beds.
    Making the Most of Every Day

    1. Thanks so much Sheila! That's the very same project I need to tackle next. My son is the one who has been pushing me to start the garden!

  2. This is awesome Cristina! Love that you made it reversible. Great idea!

    1. Thanks Karen! Kind of necessity, I don't want spring leaves during Christmas. :)

  3. Cristina it's gorgeous! So bright and vibrant, love the finish.

  4. I love the flat boards and the design you painted on it!!

    1. The flat boards were better for the painted design. Thanks for stopping by Ronda!

  5. I love that it's reversible! Great idea to not add the knots! Perfect for spring!

    1. I think the hex nuts gave it a sleek look. I love the colors you used on yours.

  6. Yes!!! Great minds indeed! ;) I Love your mat Cristina! You are awesome!

  7. I love this SO much! It's fun and colorful and just screams "spring"! Way to go!

  8. So pretty!! I love the reservable look too! Also your yellow rain boots are awesome!

  9. I love that you painted the hex nuts ;) I think you get the award for most perfect spring design! I love it against your door.

  10. I need to make one of these for my back patio. And I liked how you painted this. I would love it if you would stop by and share at our Celebrate Your Story link party! Pinned! - Jenny

  11. I love this! Such a cheerful way to welcome guests to your home!

  12. Lovely! I want to do it! This weekend is my time! Thank you for the idea Cristi and amazing yellow boots by the way! :)

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  13. Your mat is so pretty, Cristina! Perfect for Spring!

  14. I love that you can make it reversible because I like to change things out as the seasons change, but I dislike trying to find places to store multiples!

  15. Hey! Here's the talented girl at Blogland and as always you did great, wow, I love your mat and reversible it is genious! Loving the pic with the cute yellow rubber boots; I have ones in white.
    Yes, your son is right, I think you should start the garden, your son knows how talented and clever his mama is!
    Hope you had a lovely Easter.
    Abrazos amiga,

  16. Your wooden doormat is really gorgeous, Cristina. However, I think you are risking to damage the flower painting when turning the mat upside down. At least you put something on to protect it, this beautiful painting should not be facing the ground.
    Beth Hughes,
    Acton, Uk

  17. Smart and talented gal, your door mat is fabulous. painting one design one side and different on other makes your hard work even more worth while. Having alternate is always good idea to keep mat idea fresh. Very well done. Have wonderful rest of week.

  18. This is one of the best Do it yourself projects I've seen. So cute. Versatile and individual. Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to try it.

  19. Amazing door mat! Love it. Popping over from Jemma's today. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  20. You did great job! The rubber boots are very cute!
    xo xo Bethany

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