Personalized DIY Doormat

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Image via Dagmar Bleasdale

I like personalizing home decorating items, as you can see from the monogram lampshade and the house number planter I already made. I love how those turned out, and one-of-a-kind items that are specifically made for your home with your initials or numbers add such charm and sophistication to your home.

Why stop with a lamp or a planter? I wanted to add to my personalized collection, but I wanted to make something that didn't involve a glue gun. I was looking for a super-easy project for today. And I found it and made it in 10 minutes: a personalized doormat!

Adding our last name, Bleasdale, would have been pretty involved, because cutting out a template and then painting that many letters on the doormat would have taken a long time.

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So I decided to add the next best thing: our house number again! It's a good thing I'm such a hoarder and recycler that I had held on to the template of the number I had made for my planter. This way I was able to reuse it for this project and create a unified look for our front entrance with the planter and the doormat.

You obviously could add anything to your personalized doormat; it doesn't have to be a number. You could add the shape of a cat or dog, or a pretty border, and you could use paint in different colors and get really elaborate.

You will need these supplies:

  • doormat (I found mine at the dollar store)
  • paint (I used Krylon Short Cuts paint in Gloss White)
  • cardboard for template
  • painter's tape
  • pencil or pen
  • scissors

Personalized Doormat Tutorial:

  • Start by drawing the outline of the number, letter, or shape you chose on on the cardboard. I used a paper folder, which is easy enough to cut but sturdy enough to withstand the paint later on. I would expect copy paper to be too thin to create a good edge when it gets soaked with paint.
  • Cut out the template. For my number 6, I had to make sure to hold on to the inside circles of the 6.
  • Place the template on the doormat and secure it with painter's tape. I like painter's tape for this part because it secures the template just enough to the doormat and you don't have to worry about glue possibly being left behind by stronger tape. I also taped down the circles of my number 6.
  • I decided to place my template on the edge of the doormat. I didn't want the number to get messed up by the first guests who clean their shoes on the mat, and by placing the numbers in the corner there's less of a chance for that. But you can obviously place the template wherever you like.
  • Start painting out the template, making sure to really push down on the edge of the template when you paint over it so that no paint goes beyond the outline. At the same time, you need to make sure not to use too much paint so that it doesn't run under the template.
  • The doormat will soak up quite a bit of paint, and it took me two coats of paint to get enough on the doormat to look nice. I think the numbers could have even used another coat, and I might add another one tomorrow.
  • Another way to paint the doormat would be to use spray paint. I was worried that the spray paint might get under the template, that's why I didn't use it and opted to hand paint the numbers.
  • After you are sure that the paint is dry, slowly lift off the template from the doormat and you are ready to display it!

I'd hold on to your template for future doormats since they don't last forever. Or maybe you want to make a couple more for your house or as a gift. I made a point to buy mine at the dollar store so that it's affordable to replace my personalized doormat when it doesn't look good anymore.

I'm curious how long it will look nice. To make it last longer, you could always add another layer of paint to it after it gets scuffed up a bit.

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A couple of other doormat design ideas:

My thin doormat would even look good in front of the kitchen sink, or under the bowl of a pet. Why not personalize a floor mat for Fido?

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I also like this idea: add the initials of the people living in the home, connected with plus signs. So for our home, it would be D + L + D.

What would you paint on your doormat: a name, number or shape? And would you use a light doormat with dark paint, or a dark doormat with light paint? Have fun being creative!

{Inspired by this post.}

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Personalized DIY Doormat

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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