DIY: Geometric Painted Door Mat

Spring (weather) has officially sprung in Texas!  It’s this time of year that I like to do a little ‘spring sprucing’ around the house, and with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, adding a touch of green to my space seemed like the perfect way to spruce up for the season.  Greenery is the 2017 Color of the Year, after all!  After the high-traffic from the holidays, my front door mat had seen better days.  For a fresh front door look, I’ve partnered with my all-time favorite spray paint brand, Krylon®, to create a new, painted door mat, that is sure to make guests green  with envy.  See what I did there?



The door mat I purchased was 18” x 24”, so using blue painter’s tape, I sectioned off four, 4.5” parts length-wise.  To create the geometric, herringbone pattern, I spaced out diagonal pieces of tape about 3.5” apart within the previous sections, and repeated the process within each ‘section’ or row.

Knowing I was going to use two colors of paint for this project, I covered every other ‘block’ with a wider painter’s tape, alternating rows. See picture below.

As with any spray painting project, always be sure to read the safety and application instructions on the can for best results.  Once I set up my work space in my garage, I sprayed three coats of Krylon ColorMaster ™Paint + Primer in Gloss Citrus Green over the entire mat, to make sure I had nice, even coverage.  Since the door mat has such a rough, absorbent texture, I didn’t have to wait for the paint to dry in between coats, like most other projects.  However, it is important to let the first color completely dry before starting with a second color.

Once the Krylon ColorMaster ™Paint + Primer in Gloss Citrus Green was dry to the touch, I peeled back the tape from the covered sections, delicately ensuring that I left the tape for the overall geometric design intact.  After the Citrus Green was fully dried, I then covered those sections with painter’s tape and repeated the same process on the unpainted sections using Krylon ColorMaster ™Paint + Primer in Gloss Emerald Green.  Since the Emerald Green is a darker shade, it only required two coats to achieve the desired look.  Also, it’s honestly the best ‘true green’ paint I’ve seen!  After the paint was dry to the touch, it was time to peel off all of the painter’s tape to reveal the finished product! Krylon ColorMaster ™Paint + Primer is great for this type of project because the paint is incredibly durable and will stand up to the wear and tear of daily foot traffic.

The overall door mat project took about 45 minutes to complete, and I couldn’t be more delighted with how it turned out!  In fact, I was so delighted with it that I wanted to add a little something extra to the space and made a festive St. Patrick’s Day door hanger to accompany my new, festive door mat.

I found a plain, wooden shamrock shaped door hanger at a local dollar spot, and updated it by giving it a quick coat of Krylon ColorMaster ™Paint + Primer in Gloss Emerald Green.  One, quick coat was enough to fully cover the shamrock and then I let it dry for about 10 minutes.  Once it was completely dry, I applied gold scrapbook letters (my favorite DIY supply, after spray paint!) and spelled out the phrase “#LUCKY” and voila!  Now my space is officially spruced for spring!

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