Frugal Friday – Doormat to Wall Art

January 28, 2010 42 Comments by Sharyl@Thelittlebrownhouse
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I have been anxiously waiting to do this project – and it is finally done! I saw this idea first done by Stephanie at

Frugal Home Idea’s

and totally fell in love with it! So I decided to put it into my Family Room that

I am in the process of making over.

You start with Artists Canvas – I got mine at Michaels and they were on a 50% off sale (big smile!)

So they each cost 8.99 – I got 2 of them 22 x 28 inchs.

Then you need a rubber doormat – the scrolly kind (don’t you like my technical terms?)

I found mine at Ross for 5.99 – yes, so far I am loving the cost of this project!

We have just repainted our family room, and I wanted the background of the canvas to be a couple

of shades lighter than the wall. So I took the wall paint and mixed it with some off-white paint until

I got the shade I wanted. Don’t be afraid to experiment – you can always paint over the canvas.

Here is the most important tool of the project, and the best $3 I spent!

This attaches to the top of the spray can and allows for even coverage – its great!

Now I am ready to go. First I laid my mat on my dry painted canvas to figure

out placement. My mat is a little bit bigger than the canvas.

So  I made sure I have the same amount sticking out on both ends. Does that

even make sense? Anyway, then I decided I wanted to cover both of the

long sides so they wouldn’t get any of the spray paint. I went with a dark brown

for the spray. Most of the ones I have seen have done a dark background with a light

spray, but I wanted to try something different.

I have to tell you – I was so nervous about this! You would think it would cost

me hundreds of dollars if I messed up rather than another ten dollars or so

for supplies! I sprayed very carefully, making sure I hit every nook and cranny.

Then I did what for me has always been the hardest part. I shut the door and

left it alone for 30 minutes…. sigh… I am such an instant gratification person..

When it was dry, I carefully lifted off the mat to view my finished product -

Here is the first shot.

I have to say that my first thought was- Oh no! It looks too country!

I have had them hung up for a few days now, and have grown to like

them. But please tell me if they scream country to you – because

I am not above pulling them down and redo-ing them!

I would so appreciate any opinions! And if you do this yourself please

send me pictures – I would love to see!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


 

 

 

(Here are some updated pics taken after I got my new camera – better quality!)

 

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42 Comments

  1. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove
    1539 days ago

    Very clever! They look great.

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  2. Taylor
    1539 days ago

    I think it looks great! Not too country at all!

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  3. Adrienne
    1539 days ago

    I love it! And no…it is definitely not too country. I love all your frugal craft posts! Oh how I took craft, thrift, and home improvement stores for granted! Never again! I can’t wait until I can once again do projects like these too. :)

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  4. Debra
    1539 days ago

    They look really nice! I didn’t think country at all and even after you mentioned it I’m not seeing it. Great job!

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  5. gail
    1539 days ago

    I’ve seen this before, but thought it would be too expensive to do. I’m surprised the door mat was so inexpensive! I have a curb found canvas in the garage, that I could easily paint over to do this.
    thanks for sharing. Yours look great!
    gail

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  6. Sara
    1539 days ago

    That looks great!

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  7. Lenore
    1539 days ago

    I don’t think they look too country at all….great project.

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  8. Hootin' Anni
    1539 days ago

    That is outstanding!!! What a unique and very clever idea.

    My show n tell is all about Valentine stuff this week.

    HERE

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  9. Treasia
    1539 days ago

    I love how they look. Not at all country to me.

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  10. The Frugal Bug
    1539 days ago

    I love them! I don’t think they look country. Awesome idea. I might have to give this a whirl myself!

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  11. Sarah @ Mum In Bloom
    1539 days ago

    Visiting from Frugal Friday. Your picture is GORGEOUS! I mean it turned out great!! Wow!

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  12. Tracy
    1539 days ago

    I think they look great and not country at all! I have seen them on a few other blogs and have been considering making some.

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  13. paws
    1539 days ago

    cool project!

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  14. Denise
    1539 days ago

    way to do it yourself.

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  15. Farrah
    1539 days ago

    I’m going to hop on this project. I love it. I’ve had this blank wall in my living room staring at me for the longest time (5 years to be exact). I know long time I just hate planting nails everywhere, I must have the right piece or pieces before I stick a nail in. Anyway… this is a must. I’ll have to do this next weekend, I just need the weather to cooperate! No snow or cold days please!!!!Dang New England weather.

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  16. Joy
    1539 days ago

    Those look awesome, what a great idea. They look nice where you put them too.

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  17. Jan
    1539 days ago

    Very clever – and not at all country………looks nice.

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  18. Anonymous
    1539 days ago

    wow that’s a great idea.

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  19. Pearl Maple
    1538 days ago

    Well done!
    You make it look so easy to pull off a very creative idea.

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  20. FunLuckyKitty
    1538 days ago

    Not country at all! Looks great.

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  21. Cindy~My Romantic Home
    1538 days ago

    I don’t see “country” at all! They look great!

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  22. Tonya
    1538 days ago

    Wow! That looks great! I like your blog and will be following you. Thanks for visiting my blog on my SITS day. Have a great weekend!

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  23. Montse
    1537 days ago

    Excellent project, refreshing, elegant, simple. I will attempt it on my mom’s house.

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  24. JD
    1537 days ago

    love it! looks great!

    not country at all.

    (I do think you should do a third one and hang in the middle of the two you already have though)

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  25. Tania
    1537 days ago

    They look fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Erin
    1536 days ago

    I like it! I don’t get the country vibe at all.
    Neat idea, thanks for sharing!

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  27. julie
    1535 days ago

    Love it, and I think it has a nice clean modern edge to it. Great colors!

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  28. Jessi @ Yankee Belle Home
    1535 days ago

    Your doormat art came out beautifully! I like the brown paint on the light canvas. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Sheri
    1535 days ago

    Very clever! I wouldn’t have imagined it would have turned out so nicely. Great job! I’d love it if you joined my link party at childmade.com.

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  30. Corinna Lyons-Revello
    1534 days ago

    These are fabulous! I don’t think they look country at all :) Job well done!

    Corinna
    http://www.myscrapbooklife.com

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  31. Sheri
    1533 days ago

    Very cool! Matches your decor wonderfully! Thanks for linking up!

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  32. Cindy Conner
    1533 days ago

    This looks great. Your ideas are wonderdul.

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  33. Emily
    1533 days ago

    Wow!!! That is so pretty! I would have never thought to do that. The result is fantastic! Fits the space beautifully.

    I had no idea they made a special sprayer for spray paint! I am going to buy one ASAP!

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  34. Stephanie
    1395 days ago

    Super cute! I have seen these done before and it is so on my list of things I want to do! Yours turned out beautiful!

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  35. Stephanie@cre8tive
    1395 days ago

    They don’t look country at all! Great job. I can only imagine how nervous you were, I would be too. But you did a fab job!

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  36. Melissa
    1394 days ago

    I love these! You did a great job.

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  37. Ellen
    1394 days ago

    Love that idea, and you did a great job!

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  38. Kelli
    1394 days ago

    I love them! I have been wanting to do something like this in my living room, but the mat I bought cost $20 and I loved it too much to put paint on it! I guess I need to head to Ross and see if I can find one for $5.99!

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  39. Kathy
    1393 days ago

    These are so cool. I’ve love how this turns out. I think I may have to try it in the very near future. Thanks for the step by step.

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  40. Hilary @ KatrinkaJane
    1393 days ago

    Lovely! What a great mat. I’m a scroll junkie. :) They’re definitely not country…but they seem to need a little depth. Know what I mean? Like maybe a little spritz of darker or lighter paint right over the brown? Or maybe an accent here and there to highlight the scrollwork?
    (fellow CSI poster)

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  41. busy do Holandii
    1389 days ago

    Nice design, what is the name of template ?

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  42. Shane
    1253 days ago

    I think they look really elegant. Not country at all. I’m going to give this a try myself!

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