Saturday, May 28, 2011

Personalized Door Mats

Well, back in April I made my first trip to IKEA.  I did find some stuff, but all in all was very disappointed.  I KNOW, I KNOW, everyone in blog land thinks I'm crazy.  But I thought most of their stuff looked cheap.  My friend Tammy said it was the place to go if you had a kid going to college or getting their first apartment.  I don't have to worry about that anytime soon, but I could see where she was coming from.  I ended up coming home with some flower pots, kitchen utensils, glasses, scissors and two outdoor rugs.  I was pleased with my purchases, but very glad I didn't make the 2 hour drive to Cincinnatti just to go to IKEA.  I was actually at a conference in Covington.  So after we flopped at IKEA we went to the outlet malls and hit jackpot.  Or the outlet malls did because they got all of our money...either way you want to look at it.

My plan with the door mats was to personalize them.  They both only cost $2.99.  I hate paying close to or over $20 for something to wipe your feet on.  I made a stencil on my Silhouette machine.  The first time I had it a little off center.  So I ended up spray painting the whole thing with bronze spray paint.  Then I used black to make my letter.  But a COOL thing happened.  When I sprayed with the black, the inside turned gold.  I have no idea why, but some of you may know.   Anyway, the effect is cool.  And here is a pic.

 You can see the brands of spray paint I used.  I don't know if it would make the same effect if you used different paints or not.  The good thing about this rug was that I could follow the pattern and make a straight line.  That is how I made the border.  This has got to be one of the easiest upgrades I have ever made!  I love it.

The second rug was a little easier to line the letter up.  But I did learn one lesson.  If you use the textured spray paint, you need to cover up the rest of your mat, because it is very hard to control.  Regular spray paint you can control much better.  So here is the finished product.
You can see the overspray.  I think I will just spray the S with clear spray paint and wait for the other paint to wear off.  I think that will work.  But for $2.99 I think they both turned out well.  And we should only have about 6 weeks until we're in our new house so that I can display them!!

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