One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to make my rental apartment feel more like “home”. I’ve been here almost 9 months, and while it’s perfectly comfortable, it needs some finishing details. So I spent some time browsing the HomeClick Community and was inspired to make myself a personalized doormat.
Here’s how I did it:
I purchased and gathered my materials:
- Plain doormat ($7)
- Black acrylic paint ($1)
- Exacto Knife ($3 if you don’t already have one)
- paintbrush (medium width, round shaped, with relatively even bristles)
- Design (in my case, a “P”) printed out on paper
Using an Exacto knife, cut out your shape to creating a stencil. I wanted something classic, so I used my initial, but you could do any simple shape. Create a word, a phrase, a design, a monogram- whatever tickles your fancy.
Squirt some black paint (or the color of your choice) on a paper plate. Dip the brush in and knock off excess. If you have too much paint on your brush, it will bleed under the stencil and you won’t get a clean line.
Dab the brush gently around the edge of the stencil. If you have a hollow letter like mine, be very careful that you’re not painting white space.
I inlaid the hole of my “P” and dabbed around the edges of that, then filled in any light/white spots left. I then used a smaller brush to touch up some edges and darken light spaces. That’s optional, but recommended.
I love this project because it was quick, cheap, and made something really nice for my home. It would also be a great gift for new homeowners!
I’m sure I’ll be getting orders from the neighbors in no time at all!