I've been needing to replace some door mats around our exterior doors and thought a quick monogrammed door mat would be a perfect DIY project to add some personality to our front door.
Royal Design Studio Stencils sent me their Cheetah Spots stencil to use in my powder bath makeover earlier this year, but when I shifted gears from my original plan to a new design, I knew that I still had to use my cute stencil some other way!
I only needed a few supplies... a plain door mat (this one is 2x3', sturdy and nice quality, and was $10 from Ikea), the Cheetah Spots stencil, a piece of poster board, a letter for the monograms, tape, and spray paint.
I needed a template for my monogram letter larger than any stencils I already had, so I enlarged it on the copier and used the good ole "hang it on a window" trick to trace it on the center of the poster board.
Then I cut out the letter leaving an open "G" in the middle of the poster board. I just got it started with a knife, but it was easier and quicker to cut the rest out with scissors.
Then, I centered the letter on the mat. There was enough poster board around the letter that I didn't need to worry about overspray getting on the rest of the mat.
The texture of the mat is really rough, so the painter's tape really didn't help to secure it to the mat. So, I just used something to press the poster board down close to the mat so there weren't gaps around the edges, then sprayed close to the opening, straight down to keep it from spraying up under the edges of the stencil.
I wanted a border around my initial, and like I said painters tape wasn't sticky enough, so I used duct tape to mark out a box, just using a yard stick to measure off the open space in between the tape lines.
Again, I sprayed straight down. The coverage was pretty good with one coat, but I sprayed a second coat in spots that needed it.
I should have protected from overspray a little more in that previous step, because I ended up with a little around my box border. It's ok, though, it's not that noticeable in the the finished product.
Now I was ready to add the cute pattern! These stencils are large and it almost covered the entire mat, I just had to shift it a little bit as I went. The beauty of this pattern is that it's so random, you really don't have to worry about matching the repeat up perfectly when you move the stencil. I laid the stencil down on the mat, then covered the box and initial I had just painted with the poster board so it would stay as-is. Then, I just sprayed each dot and worked my way around the mat.
I love how the tan background with the black paint really makes this look like a leopard print!
Be sure to check out all of the stencil designs at Royal Design Studio Stencils. The selection is vast and beautiful. This is such a good way to achieve the look of wallpaper without the high dollar price tag and installation, too- I'm still completely in love with Kris's stenciled bathroom walls!
I did a similar door mat project years ago (when the blog was just a few months old!) if you'd like to check that project out, and have lots of other home made gift ideas here.