DIY Monogrammed Door Mat

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Well, The Cottage went and did it, she finally decided to get her own page on Facebook. This way y'all can have priceless insights into my decorating psyche. I think it will also give us a chance to interact a bit more. Wanna become a "fan" (ha...that term cracks me up)? Click the Facebook
box on my sidebar...or...below.


Now to the good stuff. Have you ever seen and admired those cute and classy monogrammed door mats at the fancy places like Williams Sonoma or Pottery Barn? And then have you proceeded to let out an audible shreik as you read the prices?

Pottery Barn - $59.00


Williams Sonoma - $69.00

Well, I decided to take a stab at making my own monogrammed door mat. How hard can it be, right?


Step One

I took a plain door mat that I already had (it was originally from Ikea, but you should be able to find them easily and inexpensively at other stores).

Step Two

I taped off the where I wanted lines to go around the edges of the mat with brown packing tape (it's what I had):


Step Three

This is where if your printer's working you print a large letter in a font you like. If it's not (blast!) you take a stab at drawing one yourself. Then cut it out with an xacto knife.


Step Four

I taped the letter down in the middle, and then covered the remaining exposed areas with tape. CAUTION: Be sure to put lots of tape on the back side of the flimsy areas of the letter (I didn't use enough so my edges were a little fuzzy...my one fatal mistake...oh well).


Step Five

I pulled out some black spray paint from my stash and sprayed away. I did a total of four coats because I wanted really full and durable coverage.



And VOILA!

My own monogrammed door mat. Cost? Freeeeeeeeee. (Although, if you don't already have everything you need like I did, you should be able to do this for under $20).

27 Suburbanites Said:

Debbie said...

Nice job! I've really been wanting to make one of these, hopefully I will soon! Thanks for the inspiration:0)

Lori said...

I love it! I've been wanting to get one,but the price is what's holding me back. I'll remeber lots of tape.

Stopping by from Lynette's L.A.M blog. Love your blog..

Can't help with facebook. I don't know what I'm doing out there myself.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love this - so classy and the price is right!

jenjen said...

What a great tutorial. I am going to try that! Thanks!

XOXO
Jen

Lisa-Marie said...

It looks great! It takes in the black of the door as well! I love your door wreath btw! x

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

Terrific tutorial!!! I am so going to make that!!!!

The Stain Family said...

Ooooh Fun! And I bet I could just flip over my current mat and paint it on the back! {the top already says "Welcome" that is far past faded}

anhesty said...

great job! def saved a lot of money!

Anonymous said...

Cute mat. Your facebook says no recent updates because you haven't updated your status. When you log in, there's an empty place at the top that says 'What's on your mind?' type something there and click 'Share' and then that should show. Hopefully!

Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments said...

It looks fabulous and your instructions were very well written. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

It looks amazing, AnNicole. :) Love the price tag too. :)

Robin said...

What a great idea! I have always wanted to have one from Pottery Barn! Girl you have just made my DAY! I've got to go get me a mat - quick!

Beach Vintage said...

Well done. I love it. How wonderful, you have given me some ideas now. Thanks so much for dropping by Beach Vintage and leaving a comment.

Lynette said...

Love your mat - can't wait to try one for my new place!

I linked to FB too - but, I can't get mine to share - I'll have to keep working on it. I'm a fan on your FB, but I've always been your fan!! :-)

Dee said...

Very cute idea. I wonder how much spray paint a person can buy before someone thinks you're a "tagger"! I just found a reason to buy some more!

Michelle said...

Wow, I love it, what a clever idea! Stop by for a visit soon.
Michelle

Jenn said...

Very cute! And I LOVE that wreath on your door! did you make that?

Gina Sisco said...

I have been wanting to do this forever! You got me inspired!!

Mrs. Querido said...

You did an awesome job on drawing out the 'f' by hand! Love the ruler shot :) This is what my poor neglected front porch needs!

Jennifer said...

Do you think it would work to spray the back of the stencil with spray adhesive to help it stick down?

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Wow - that's a great idea Jennifer. I wish I'd thought of that!

countrymans said...

Yeah, I just love this, just a wonderful way to greet folks.. Nice one AnNicole. :)

KT said...

haven't seen this done
good original idea

Swiss Avenue said...

Stopping over from SITS! OMG! I'm so making this doormat! Thanks for the tutorial!

gina said...

Whata great idea!! I have one of those mats lying around too!

foggogs said...

Tried this today except my mat had a black rubber trim around(9.99 at lowes) it already and I used contact paper (which I already had) to stick to the mat for my stencil. It turned out awesome. I will post it on my blog colonialcottage.blogspot.com tomorrow.

Mrs. Chic said...

Ooh Thank you for this post, i'm so doing this!