Welcome to The Home Depot’s DIY Workshop Virtual Party! Today is the day that I finally get to show you guys my spin on that super cool wooden door mat DIY that I spoke about in last week’s post! I chose to add a fun geometric spin to this DIY and turned my boards horizontal to maximize the look of my mat. This project was super fun, really easy, and extremely inexpensive. If you want to make your own this weekend, you can visit your local Home Depot for a FREE workshop! Hey, if you love my spin on the project, you can print out this post and bring it with you!
In case you forgot, here’s what the original project looked like…
…and here’s my color-happy version!
I’m all about making life a little more colorful on a budget, so this mat was the perfect excuse to get creative. With just a few basic items, I was able to create my new mat in a day. Here’s how I did it.
What You’ll Need:
3/8″ Drill Bit
(10) 36″ x 2″ x 2″ Square End Balusters
(1) Spool 1/4″ x 50′ Natural Sisal Rope
1. Cut your balusters down to size. I chose to make mine 32″ long to fit the wide door it was being placed under. I used a circular saw to cut each piece.
2. Once cut, sand down any rough edges as well as the entire piece of wood for easier staining.
3. Use stain to stain three out of four of the sides. I did this so that the top of the mat was a slightly different color than the rest of the wood. You can skip this step if you want your mat to be the same color of wood all the way around.
4. Once your pieces are stained, use your measuring tape to mark each end of the wood pieces at 2″. This is where you will drill holes for your rope.
5. Use the 3/8″ drill bit and drill to make holes in your 2″ markings.
6. Begin to thread the rope through the drilled holes, making a knot after each pass. It was helpful to cut a large piece of rope from the actual bundle (cut double the width of the mat, just to be safe) in order to knot each section off. If the rope frays while you are threading, use tape to keep the end of the rope together. Once you are done threading, cut the excess rope from the end of the mat.
7. Once the mat is tied together, use a sander or sandpaper one more time to clean up the top of the mat prior to painting.
8. If choosing a geometric design like I did, use painter’s tape to mark off your shapes. Paint one color first, let dry, and then paint the next color on top. Once the entire mat is dry, make sure to use a sealer to keep it top shape for the upcoming season.
Now that warmer weather is approaching, there is no excuse not to get creative outdoors. This project is a great way to add a little charm to your yard!
Want to make your own mat this weekend? You can visit your local Home Depot for a FREE hands-on workshop! Heck, even bring your family and friends! Make a day out of it! You can print out this tutorial and bring it with you!
Sign up to reserve your DIY Workshop spot at your local store by clicking on this link: http://thd.co/21kzBir
Can’t make it to this one? That’s okay! You can use my link to sign up for more Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Workshops, Do-It-Herself (DIH) Workshops, and even Kid’s Workshops! Or, you can visit the Home Depot’s website for more information on future workshop events.
I hope you guys love my version of this mat as much as I do. It was so much fun to make! I can’t wait to see what you guys do at your Home Depot’s DIY Workshop! Make sure to share those mats with me by tagging me on social media and labeling them #diyworkshop, #diyhunted, and #diyhuntress!
Want to see some more ideas for your future mat project? Check out my awesomely talented blogging buddies who joined me in this challenge!
House of Wood
Shades of Blue Interiors
Place of My Taste
Bower Power Blog
Making Home Base
Sawdust 2 Stitches
My Love 2 Create
Addicted 2 DIY
That’s My Letter
The Bold Abode
Fix This Build That
Glued N Screwed
Build It, Craft It, Love It
Sawdust To Sequins
Remodelando La Casa
The Batchelor Way
The Kim Six Fix
Until next time…
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