Wicked Craft Week: Herringbone Doormat by DIY Playbook

Welcome to day 2 of Wicked Craft Week. Today's fall project from the DIY Playbook is seriously going to make every stoop in your hood jealous!

Happy Monday Delightfully Noted readers! We’re Bridget & Casey from the DIY Playbook and we’re so, so honored to kick-off Wicked Crafted Week. On our blog, we coach our readers through the often intimidating world of crafts and home decor. The DIY Playbook is designed to give our readers the “plays”, tools, and inspiration to transform their own homes…all without breaking the bank. It’s always a great time, and we hope you’ll stop on by.

Enough talking about us, let’s get to the real reason we’re here…a fall inspired DIY project!  
Herringbone fall doormat


We take a cheap doormat and instantly glam it up for fall with some tape and paint. 
It doesn't get any easier than that! 
Home depot plain doormat
To get started, you'll obviously need a plain doormat. We bought ours for a whopping $8 at our local Home Depot, but I'm sure any large retailer would carry these simple slates.
Acrylic paint
You'll also need painter's tape, sponge brushes (34 cents at Michael's), and acrylic paint (3 for $1 @ Michael's). Overall, the mat & materials totaled less than $14. That's what we like to call a big league SCORE in our Playbook! 
Plain doormat with painter's tape
The first and most difficult part of this doormat makeover is taping the herringbone design onto the mat. But let's be real here... if us DIY Rookies handled it, we know that you can too!

Start by equally sectioning off the area with pieces of horizontal painter's tape. Our strips were 14 centimeters apart- just make sure your measurements work for your mat.
Blue painter's tape
Rookie Tip: the tape may not seem to stick perfectly on the mat... that's normal! Try your best to make sure the tape is secured as much as possible to the mat, but if it doesn't seem perfect... it's okay!
Taping diagonally
Then measure across both horizontal tape lines in increments of 3 inches. Lay a new layer of tape, diagonally hitting the three inch mark that is one mark across and one mark down from the initial one. If we haven't lost you yet... you're a rock-star.

If we have lost you, just ignore me and let the pictures do the explaining... We're making this far more complicated than it needs to be. In short: tape diagonal lines across the mat evenly.  
Herringbone painter's tape pattern
We then took a razor blade to detach the diagonal tape lines in the middle section of the rug. Once we cut them (in the middle only), we flipped each piece so it was attached to the outside tape lines just in the opposite direction. If you don't get a clean cut initially, you may have to tear some more tape and attach a fresh piece instead. We promise it gets much easier from here on out...
Dabbing paint
We randomly painted each square with our acrylic paints. We tried to come up with some sort of color pattern, but that ultimately made our brains hurt. So we just figured out the colors as we went.

It's important that you dab, dab, dab the paint rather than wiping it. Dabbing will ensure that the paint won't sneak under the painter's tape and you'll get fresh, crisp lines. 
Painting pattern
After all of the boxes were painted, we waited for the paint to dry and slowly peeled away the tape. Thanks to our precise dabbing, our lines were as crisp as a fresh sunburn after a long day at the beach. Bridget's extra pale skin knows this story all too well... trust us. 
Herringbone pattern tutorial
Ta-daaaa!! Feast your eyes on our festive fall doormat. 
Fall Doormat
We love that this simple craft adds some fun fall color, texture, and function to the porch. 
painted doormat tutorial
Fall herringbone doormat
Now it's your turn, you wicked crafters you! We invite you to go create your own festive mat, and show off your style before anyone even walks into your home. Good luck, happy crafting.
Bridget and Casey DIY Playbook

Make sure to stop by to see day one's Wicked Craft Week guest. 
'Eye' promise you won't regret it!


henning love said...

love this mat jennifer! i love the colors you selected and if i hadn't just bought a new mat that was already painted i would be doing this today!

Anonymous said...

Love the mat! Is it waterproof or will the paint run when it gets wet?

Amy W said...

It turned out so great and I love the colors, too!


Style Journey said...

This turned out so great! The colors are fun and could be used year round. My little one did this project but with blank canvases. It was a fun and easy art project.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

This looks so amazing!!

mari of {crab+fish} said...

looks so easy and I love the finished mat!

Crystelle Boutique said...

I love the design and colors of this doormat! How perfect for fall!!! You go girl!!
hugs x, Crystelle
Crystelle Boutique

Unknown said...

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xo Jess

Ashley Ponder said...

This is super cute. I know someone else asked this but is it waterproof?

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Yes, anonymous & Ashley, acrylic paint, once completely dry is considered waterproof;)

ibshell said...

WOW! I love the colors you chose. This looks so beautiful. What a way to make a boring doormat so beautiful and inviting!

Bridget & Casey @ DIY Playbook said...

Thanks for having us Jennifer!! (And thanks to all of your fab readers for all the doormat love!)

Can't wait to see what else is in store =)

Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art said...

This is so beautiful. I love how you figured out the taping for this. So helpful. Your mat is spectacular :)

Jocelyn said...

I am crazy over the moon in love with this mat!! :)

Teresa @ wherelovemeetslife said...

I am so making this on Saturday. Seriously cute, cheap and easy!!! Great tutorial for doing herringbone too

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