DIY Initial Doormat

DoormatHeaderOne 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!


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I'm a 20-something woman with an insatiable thirst for adventure. I love red wine, chocolate cake, and comments from my lovely readers.
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