Hi Guys, I'm so excited to share a new addition to the from G2B team, it's the girls behind Huckleberry Love! If you don't know them yet, you should change that right now! It's the cutest blog full of recipes, sewing, and kids projects. I thought it was the perfect compliment to what is missing around here at my blog!
The blog is written by these cutest girls: Emily, Jamie, Jill and Lydia. Emily is writing for us today!
I'm so excited to be a contributor here on From G2B! For my first post, I wanted to share an easy, inexpensive and fun custom project with y'all. So, without further ado, here's my DIY Chevron Painted Door Mat... and did I mention that it cost me under $5 to make? Can I get a virtual high-five for that one, folks? Read on for the details. :)
It all started with this Sindal Door Mat that I found at IKEA. It was hanging out at the front near the registers and with a $4.99 price tag, the decision was made in about two seconds that it was coming home with me. I knew I could personalize this baby!
After a bit of searching through things that I had on hand, I decided to finally put this awesome Shape Tape (from Frog Tape) to the test. I received it as one of the many freebies that were being handed out at the Haven Conference last summer, but had never used it. Also, I absolutely LOVE Chevron, so it was really a no-brainer. I'll be honest that I was a bit hesitant to use it at first, as it clearly states on the back of the package that it's not to be used on textured surface. Call me a daredevil, because I didn't let that stop me!
I started by playing around with how thick I wanted my Chevron stripes to be. At first I wasn't quite sure as to what kind of design I was going to create on the rug. I just went with the flow and am pretty pleased with the results. Be sure to press down very firmly on the shape tape, as it really does not stick well to this type of material.
Next, I dove into my paint stash in the garage and came up with a can of white spray paint. Just what I was looking for!
After my first coat, I played around with the design a bit more and came up with the design below. I attempted to use light green and light yellow spray paint initially along with the white, but neither showed up well on the rug at all.
So, I changed things up a bit and added more white paint to the top and bottom of the rug. Now, what to do with that middle part? I knew that the rest of the spray paint I had on hand wouldn't be dark enough to really pop.
Then I remembered that I had a few paint samples in the garage. This light green was exactly what I had envisioned. So, I grabbed a foam brush and got to work!
It only took me about 10 minutes to paint the middle part of the rug with the foam brush. Because of the rug's texture, it is not completely covered (as the parts with the spray paint are), but I really like the shabby chic look that it gives off.
Here it is, all finished and looking lovely! I'm smitten. The colors are bright, happy and fun... I can definitely have this rug out to greet our guests for both Spring and Summer! :)
Have you ever painted a rug? Am I the only Chevron lover left, or are you still digging the trend?
Did you enjoy this post? Check out a few more of my favorite DIYs I've shared on Huckleberry Love!