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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Don't be a doormat...

Still working on our master bedroom re-do.  It’s coming along, but it’s been a slow process with Brian traveling so much.  There’s a limit to how much I want to attempt myself, when I’ve got Connor to watch. 

Master Bedroom Re-Do 2010

Our progress so far… furniture is finally in (19-week total wait!).  We absolutely love it, but I doubt we’ll be giving any more business to Ethan Allen after this ridiculous experience.  Bedding is completed.  Collage wall is nearly finished – everything is framed and ready to go, I just have to determine the arrangement and hang it all on the wall.  Piece for over the bed is on order and should arrive mid-October.  Accessories, which are minimal, are in place.  Once we’re all done, I’ll post a full reveal. 

 

DSC02264.2We recently completed our doormat-stencil wall art… and I’m in love!  The project was so ridiculously simple, it’s silly it took us so many weeks to just dig in and get it done. 

My pictures of the process aren’t amazing, but the overall outcome is really cool and exactly what we were looking for, for that space – something muted and soft, with a simple 2-color palette.

We were inspired by the project seen here and here.  But, since I didn’t want to compete with the gorgeous wood tones already present in our furniture, we went with an artist’s canvas instead. 

 

 

Here’s how we did it:

  1. Find ridiculously large rubber mat on clearance at Lowe’s for $10. 
  2. Breathe a sigh of relief when you’re able to find a canvas at Michael’s the exact same odd-size (24”x48”), on sale.
  3. Pick up a sample-size can of paint in the exact color you need from the paint counter.  Also buy a can of spray paint in a contrasting color.  (I decided that the contrasting color would be a basic cream, to simplify our paint process, since it would be readily available in spray can.)
  4. Make husband remove some of the rubber pieces within the mat to open up the design a bit, with a utility knife and some cursing (on his part).  Apparently it was kiDSC02191.2nda difficult and took a lot longer than expected…??
  5. Perform a tape job at a kindergartner's skill level with some spare packing paper to the underside of rubber mat.  The paper overhang will help you avoid spraying the sides of your canvas and having to painter’s tape it.
  6. Paint-roller your main color to the canvas, covering all areas that will be seen once the piece is hung DSC02166.2on the wall (ie. the sides, too).  Husband applied 2 coats, and we allowed it to dry overnight.
  7. Center your prepped rubber mat on top of the painted canvas.  Your doormat stencil is now in place!
  8. Spray paint away!  Husband tilted paint can in every angle to give the canvas an even coat, but stopped just short of saturation, because we wanted a softer look, not stark or uber-crisp.
  9. Once the paint in the air has settled, lift and remove rubber mat from the canvas, to avoid paint from sticking while it dries.
  10. Allow canvas to fully dry… and voila!

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The piece is exactly how I envisioned it, and the colors coordinate with the bedroom perfectly.  I think the total cost of the project was just under $50.  For its size (24”x48”), I wouldn’t have been able to purchase something for the wall for any less than that… and it definitely wouldn’t look as good.  :)

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DSC02200.2LOCALS – Should anyone desire to give this project a try themselves, I know where you can find a handy-dandy, slightly spray-painted, rubber mat stencil to use for FREE.  ;)

 

 

I’ll be posting this project to some of the link-up parties listed here:

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27 comments:

Amy @ Chicy-Creations said...

I LOVE how it turned out. It looks awesome!

Meg said...

Very cute! Love the color. You're lucky you found such a cheap mat! I went looking for one to do the same thing and they were around $30! Too much for me to paint over. :)- I'd love for you to link up to my link party going on now! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

Staci J said...

Thats sooo darling!! I love the color, and You're so clever...
I'd love for you to stop by and check out the fun giveaway going on right now:)
http://justsewsassy.com/2010/10/04/tuesday-tutorial-halloween-ribbon-ornaments-giveaway/
Thanks!

Lindy said...

Very, Very cute -- good job! I love the color, too.

Kimberlee said...

Now I have another project to add to my to-do list, LOL! Very neat. I love how yours turned out.
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Madigan at madiganmade said...

Love this idea. Cheap and easy! The colors a great, too.

Michaela said...

This looks great! really close to a big canvas I just painted for our guest room! Wonderful job (:

Lauren @ 31diy said...

What a great idea! Love how it turned out! You are so creative!

FrouFrouBritches said...

I've been wanting to do this too, but haven't gotten around to it yet. The colors you did your's in are fabulous! It looks GREAT!

Shannon said...

Aha! Very cool! And I think it looks great!

Momma said...

Pretty! Love the color...and how nice to find it all on sale!

Crystal said...

How pretty! It turned out great and I love the colors.

LambAround said...

What a pretty decorating idea! I never would have thought to do this! If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by & post this on Not "Baaad" Sundays with LambAround. The Linky should be up this evening :)

Kelley said...

Thats the way to use your noggin! I love that you found a way to make great art and a great price! Awesome!

Green Willow Pond said...

Love how this turned out. It's very pretty in blue and cream!

HoneyScrap said...

I have seen this idea online and I love the color you chose:) I bought some mats like this, painted them with brown metalic paint, and just hung them right on the wall...but I think I may need to try this now too!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Cool idea! Love how it turned out. Can't wait to see your finished bedroom.

The Price's said...

very pretty! love the colors!

the cape on the corner said...

wow, what a great idea, and great finished product. lovely color, as well!

www.thecapeonthecorner.blogspot.com

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

that turned out awesome! I love it! I started a linky party called "Handmade Tuesdays." I feature a tutorial first and then I have a linky at the bottom where you can link up your tutorials :)

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Oooh, that turned out lovely! I adore that you made your own wall art.

I enjoy your blog a whole lot!

I hope you'll stop over and visit sometime over at Free 2 Be Frugal.

Lori said...

What a cool idea! This turned out great.

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

Lovely! I wish I lived locally so I could borrow your mat! Where did you get it? I've been on the look out for a rubber mat just like that one! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

AUDRA said...

What a great idea!
Thanks for linking up to Socialize with me Monday til Sunday.

Tracey said...

Wow! This was very creative!! I love the way it looks, thank you for posting this idea!!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

GORGEOUS art from such a simple everyday item. I'm putting it in the SPOTLIGHT at the PoPP this weekend. Thanks for sharing with us!

Amanda said...

The colour is fab! Such a great idea for a unique piece of art, thanks for sharing

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