Have you ever picked up the HGTV magazine?
I didn’t need another magazine to fall in love with, and yet fall I have. It’s all easy DIY home inspiration and how-to with lots of color. Speak my name, HGTV!
In the current issue (cover above), there was an easy how-to do DIY a stenciled doormat using a custom stencil from Stencilease. Just what my front patio needed – I bought a bright blue-and-yellow welcome mat at Target a few years ago, but it has long since lost its vibrancy and punch. For $35 odd bucks in a week I had my custom stencil.
Yes, that says “hello, gorgeous”. It actually has an exclamation point at the end but I somewhat overestimated the generosity of my doormat so it didn’t quite make it. I could have gone with “hi” or “welcome” or even “go away” (maybe should have gone with “go away” since our very first post-doormat bell-ringers were a pair of sketchy Teens for Jesus Against Drugs solicitors), but no. “Hello, gorgeous”, I decided, was what I wanted our visitors to hear as a welcome. Put smiles on their faces, right?
I picked up a basic coir doormat and two cans of paint at Home Depot. I sort of think Lowe’s is for women and Home Depot is for men, no? Anyway, a quart of each color is what I got, which is way more paint that I actually needed for this project but I am going to use the rest for other stuff to come. I also got a stencil paintbrush and oh how glad I am. I was thinking I really needed one of those flat-headed foam dabber things, but the brush was exactly what was needed to get the paint down in there.
The HGTV how-to said to apply a “generous” coat of paint, then let dry for 10 minutes before lifting straight up. I applied two generous coats to make sure it really got in there.
Our front patio had sort of been lacking for a while but now it’s a nice place to hang out and enjoy the mountain view. (I don’t know what’s going on with the color in this photo – obviously need to play a little more with my camera settings.)
So there it be – could your doormat use an upgrade?
P.S. We have a winner in the Georgie Porgie giveaway! Thanks to all who entered and to Georgie Porgie for the gift set!