Oh the clever doormats out there! Love them all but I was sure I could make one vs. buy. Just paint and a stencil, right? A stenciled doormat was indeed not a complicated craft. But I do have a good trick.The best tip: Use push pins to hold then entire stencil in place so it doesn’t move. I used to just hold with my hand or with painters tape. What was I thinking? This is so much better! The pins go right into the rubber backing and hold the stencil so well.
There are lots of tutorials out there for stenciled doormats. A quick search on Pinterest will give you all sorts of options. I chose to use alphabet stencils from Heidi Swapp, I had on hand, but vinyl, freezer paper, you name it, many things can be a stencil.
Step 1: Pin
Pin your stencil down, specifically at the corners and the middle of letters (obviously). The edges come out so clean. Amazing.
Step 2: Paint
Just like other stenciling projects, the least amount of paint on your brush and use straight up and down motion to apply the paint. I waited in-between the bigger letters as they were separate stencils but if you have one large stencil this project would be even faster.
Step 3: Protect Your Stenciled Doormat
I did do the extra step of painting a couple coats of a protector. Living in Arizona, I’m not sure much can protect the stenciled doormat from fading by the sun, but it is worth a try.