Make a customized doormat with only a few supplies for a fraction of the cost of the ones at the big box stores!  Best part about this is your DIY Monogram Doormat can  look any way your heart desires!

Here is how this played out in my house!

“Aren’t people just going to wipe their feet on it?”  A question that I would expect to hear from my husband’s mouth, but instead it came out of my 5 year old’s mouth!  Just like his daddy!

Me: “Well, yes, but I didn’t want it to be boring.  I wanted it to be pretty!”

Michael:  “Alright but don’t complain to me when someone wipes mud all over it!”

Me:  {Seeing wheels turning in his little head} “Don’t you dare wipe mud all over it!”

Michael: {Disappointed look…turned into evil mischievous look} “OK!” and runs out!

BOYS!  Seriously…

DIY Monogram Doormat
Anyway…..I needed a new doormat for the front door.  We just threw our old ones away when we moved so we were in need of a new one.  And yes, Michael is correct, people will just wipe their feet on it so I didn’t want to spend a fortune!

I love the ones at BBB that have the rubber base with cute swirls and then you can interchange the mats for your Last Name Initial or holidays.  I just needed an initial but not at $60.

I started out with this guy from Wal-Mart.  $6.  You can’t beat that.  Clean lines, colors I wanted.  Score!

Let’s back track shall we?  Remember my Initial Frame I made back in December?  Before I had my new Cameo?  the one I cut from Vinyl by hand to show you how you can play with vinyl too without a cutter?  And I said “I’m going to hold on to the negative of the Initial and use it again” ???  Well here is where I used it!!

I added it to the doormat.  I went back and forth…centered, off centered, centered, off centered…

To the left it was!  (My husband would then start singing Beyoncé’s “To the left, to the left…” )

I placed the vinyl down and poured some Black Acrylic Paint.  Acrylic is permanent and that’s what you want!  I started with a foam brush but it wasn’t covering that great.  It couldn’t get in all the nooks and cranny’s of the rug.

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So I switched to a stencil brush…it worked MUCH BETTER!  Stencil brushes have stiff coarse bristles.

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Those stiff bristles were able to get into all the nooks and crannies!

When going around the edges, be sure to hold the brush perpendicular to the doormat, not at an angle.  You want clean lines.  If you hold at an angle, then paint will get under the vinyl and your lines will be messy.  I let the paint dry for a bit and then removed the vinyl!

Here is a before of my front porch.  A dirty outline of the former owner’s doormat and sidewalk chalk drawings…an Apple and the letters T!

And now!  I don’t mind the sidewalk chalk!  It can stay!  :)

DIY Monogram Doormat

So a fabulous, personalized doormat for under $10!  Can’t beat that!

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