A red, white, and blue front porch needs a coordinating welcome mat, wouldn’t you say? Instead of buying a brand new mat, I gave our old mat a patriotic welcome mat makeover with a few coats of spray paint. This technique can be used to refresh any outdoor mat or rug that still has a bit of wear left.
I bought a Threshold welcome mat from Target not long after we moved into The Mad House. It stayed outside our front door for several years before getting too dirty and faded to be usable. Instead of buying a new one, I decided to give the old welcome mat a makeover.
I brought out my trusty spray paint (find my supply list at the end of this post) and cut a quick stencil out of scrap cardboard.
I covered the mat as well as I could with a coat of dark blue paint. Then I added some stars in a true blue color. If you are going to paint a welcome mat like this, I suggest using spray paint rather than brushing on acrylic paint. The process will be much faster, and the paint will cover much better.
Finally, I added a few more stars in red. I considered adding white stars too, but I figured they would look dirty almost immediately.
Sure, I probably could have found a new welcome mat for $20, but I am a believer in using what you have. Now that it has a clean new look, this door mat has a few more years of use ahead of it.
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