DIY personalized doormat

Over a year ago, I happened upon this DIY personalized doormat & loved it.  I thought hey, I could knock that project out during one of Quinn's naps!

Then I promptly forgot about it, because I discovered that we had a baby who rarely slept the first 10 months of her life.  Stuff like making a personalized doormat made me panicky & sweaty (& I still hadn't showered so I was just sweating over old sweat).  

Anyway, Quinn's way more awesome now & she sleeps sometimes.  :) happy  Also, now that we've adjusted to our new-normal-that's-never-normal, little projects like these are back on my radar.

I got the same coir mat ($7) to personalize.  It's surprisingly a pretty decent doormat for that price & the simple border frames any initial/monogram nicely.  

1. Print letter(s) on cardstock.
2. Cut out & trace on to mat (a Sharpie works just fine).
3. Using a brush, fill in with paint (a 'stippling' technique worked best for this mat's texture).
4. Allow paint to dry/cure as directed on bottle (48 hrs for mine).


I used an outdoor acrylic paint ($2, Walmart or craft stores).  
This one is UV/weather resistant & self seals.





The doormat's been in use for about a week & so far so good; even with the muddy aftermath of a Colorado spring snowstorm.  It probably also helps that we have a covered porch to protect the mat from some of the elements.  Just a quick spray with the hose & it's good to go.

Looks like Target's Smith & Hawken aisle puked on my porch, doesn't it?!?!

I think this is a preserved boxwood wreath (this one) & is intended for indoor use only.  I took a chance by hanging it on our front door because our porch is covered & doesn't receive direct sunlight.  It's very dry here, so I mist the wreath every week or so.  It's been 1.5 months & it has held up......so far.  
I hope it's preserved boxwood (the box doesn't say) otherwise I've been misting plastic all this time & that is just awkward.

Copper chalkboard plant stake also from Target.






Not much else decor-wise will be happening to this little porch of ours since we're enclosing it to turn it into a (very mini) mudroom very soon.  How come a mudroom isn't mandatory for every house?!  They sure are useful.

Obviously it will be very mini.  Some ideas that I hope to incorporate on a smaller scale.
 {For sources, please visit my Pinterest Mudroom Reno board}:








Operation Mini Mudroom starts early summer, hell yes.

Hope your weekend was grand!
Springlike weather popped in for what I hope will be a long stay & we did a lot of lawn lounging:
{ via my Instagram }


Thank you for stopping by!

**see how the exterior of our house has changed here**

40 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the green against the charcoal door. I think we must be twins because I have been dying for a boxwood wreath for my front door and just bought a fern for my planter. Lovely as always!!

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    1. Sisters from another mister, for sure. ;) Love you!

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  2. I think I could attempt this! I am so not crafty, but it looks so easy :) And I seriously laughed out loud at the idea of you misting a plastic wreath. Hahaha! Thanks for a smile and a good idea!

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    1. You & me both. ;) Instead of the crazy cat lady, I'm that crazy plastic plant mister lady. This little project was so easy! The painting part took me all of 15 minutes. Good luck w/ yours!
      xoxo

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  3. I am cracking up thinking about you misting a plastic wreath. Hilarious. I don't know whether or not it is, but it really did tickle my funny bone. I have been looking for a boxwood wreath lately, so now I gotta check out the Target, huh?

    Also, super psyched for your mudroom makeover. Your inspiration is great, but as always, your version will be best.

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    1. Me doing awkward things (even unboozed up).....my friends laughing about it. Story of my life. Thanks gal, I hope our mudroom doesn't suck!!

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  4. Hi there! It looks beautiful.. What kind of plant is that ? Does it need sun?

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    1. Thanks so much! It's a fern & the instructions say: moderate sun, no direct sunlight, moderate water, mist every few days, bring inside during cold temps. Hope this helps!

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  5. Cute doormat!
    Funny; I bought a fern at Ikea last year and thought it was fake...till the ends started to turn brown! Oops.
    Love the idea of a mudroom there!! So smart.

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    1. Omg, C, that is hilarious! Something I'd totally do ;)

      Thanks, chica!

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  6. Cute and simple! I like it. Can't wait to see the mudroom makeover!

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    1. Thanks, B!! I hope the mudroom makeover doesn't suck ;)

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  7. lol - yes for sure it looks like a Target Ad - which just means your awesome! The door mat looks cute, feel free to make me one :) too

    How fun! A mudroom will be a great addition, I know you must be excited!

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    1. SO excited!!

      Lol, thanks chica! Take THAT Target Threshold line.

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  8. FC-
    I may have to try this DIY idea on my outdoor mat. I like the wellies too!
    Molly

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    1. Thanks so much, friend! Hope all's well w/ you!
      xoxo

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  9. Have the EXACT same wreath on my front door. Also love the way the doormat came out! ALSO agree that a house in Colorado or Massachusetts (where I live) should absolutely have to have a mudroom no matter how mini. Someday...

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    1. Thanks, gal!! Hope your wreath is holding up! Seriously didn't realize how necessary mudrooms are.......until our kid happened, ha! ;)
      xoxo

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  10. Oh My! That doormat is so super cute. And I'm totally jealous that my landlord just gives me a utility room with a washer and dryer hook up, otherwise I would totally be rocking that makeover this summer!

    myroseamongthorns.blogspot.com

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  11. I love it all. Especially that wreath. I had a Christmas one up for years--whoops. Yes, years. Ha.

    And, I love your "new-normal-that's never normal' reference. Ain't that the truth?!

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    1. I hope this wreath lasts till Christmas.....let's face it, I wouldn't be opposed to keep it up even after it turned brown #notaseasonaldecorater ;)

      Thanks, love!!

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  12. I love your doormat it's very nice and the wreath is so nice too! would love to get a similar one for our front door! :-) Oh! I can't wait to see your mudroom, I would love having one but no chance of getting one; our 2 entrances are tiny!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Ingrid!!

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  13. This is too funny. I had to see for myself if it was real or plastic. Turns out, the Smith & Hawken wreaths are real. Lots of people wrote reviews about them turning brown/yellow when left in or near sunlight. So, you aren't the crazy lady spraying a plastic plant.... but I kinda wished you were. It would only make you more endearing! Plus it would make a funny story for Q to tell her friends when she's older ;)

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    1. LOL! This is why I have friends like you. You're clever & think to read the reviews--why didn't I do that?! I'm glad it's real & I wasn't misting plastic (Quinn's going to have to choose from the plethora of other crazy stories about her mom...there are many). Though now I'm afraid the wreath will die a slow shriveled death. ;)

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  14. Love all the blues and grays existing in your little space.

    Enjoy the good weather!

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    1. Thanks!! The good weather was short-lived. Mother Nature's just teasing us now, so mean.

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  15. Alice super liked this post, she kept scrolling up and down and pounding on the keyboard (that's a sign of love, right?). Somehow she stopped on a photo of Quinn so I'm counting that as their first play date, k?

    I love how this turned out too, I'm all about the quick and easy DIY. Mudrooms are a lifesaver!! Definitely a must with kids.

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    1. ::waves:: Hi, Alice!! Thanks for the playdate!

      LOL! I had to cut Quinn off from pounding on my laptop keyboard after she changed some security thing that I needed tech support to fix. R thinks she did it accidentally....I think otherwise ;)

      Thanks, gal! I never realized how necessary mudrooms are until this kid of ours happened =]

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  16. That mat looks great!! I love the little dots on either side of the P. I may whip one of those out...once I get up the nerve to go to Walmart.

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    1. Thanks!! It took me all day to get up the nerve to brave Wamart. I even went so far as to reserve the doormat at my nearest store online, pay for it online, & waited until after Quinn went to bed to go pick it up.....all to ensure that I'd avoid crazy shoppers & could just beeline it to the back of the store whilst minimizing my time there.

      That shizz doesn't happen for my beloved Tarjay. =]

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  17. That turned out nice!
    I'm in Fort Collins so I had to laugh at your springtime comment...what has is been 3 days and another foot of snow? yikes

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    1. Hi, neighbor! I know, is Colorado having a totally hormonal spring or what?!

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  18. Ok... GET OUT OF MY HEAD. I was just thinking how I wanted to switch out our door mat (it is currently one of those initalized ones you find at Hallmark) for something cuter. I wanted to DIY something, and was going to start looking for a plain doormat.

    ...and from the heavens, a light shone down upon your blog and revealed the answer to all my questions; the Double-Border Panama Weave Doormat.

    Cue the angels, bitches.

    LB

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    1. That's it.....I'm changing my tagline from "Sort of a big deal" to "Cue the angels, bitches."

      Ooh, can't wait to see yours! Our previous mat was so heinous I took it out back & recreated that baseball bat/copier scene from Office Space. #kidding #maybe

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  19. Dude. Please talk with me about your time management skillllz because our kiddos are the same age, we both work, and I never have time for these things. Ever. Or maybe I do and I'm just not realizing it. I'd try to do this and I'd have grubby 17 month old paws all up in my bidness. For $9 that mat is amaze. I'd make one, but then I'd have to battle my hubby on ditching the St. Louis Cardinals mat we currently have. *sigh*

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    1. HA!! Notice I'm almost a month behind in emails though.......my time management skilz have good days & bad days, that's for sure. There are days I have to check to make sure I put on pants (today is a NO....how YOU doin'.....). My kid rarely naps well, too. Stinker. Let's just say I have a lot of late night dates w/ wine, paint, & DIY bidness. Poor husband gets the neglect.

      Thanks a million for dropping by, my friend!! Go Cardinals! =]

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  20. This looks easy. I'm sure if I tried it I'll F it up somehow. So I'll admire yours from afar ;)

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  21. This is such a good idea! I can never find one thats reasonable that I like, I'll definitely be trying this out once I've moved!

    Marlene
    Seattle Water Main Repair

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