Laying out the welcome mat

DIY fabric-covered door mat floor cloth

Sometimes I think I’m the only one who gets excited about three-day weekends, not because of parties and festivities and nonstop go-go-go time, but because of the quiet ability to get projects done andย tackle the to-do list.

It’s a disease, I tell you.

(For the record, the extroverts in my house get an out-of-town visitor and a trip to the aquarium, so everyone’s happy. Know your strengths, friends.)

This doormat project was a perfect long weekend craft, inspired by a DIY floor cloth pin on my Halls & Closets Pinterest board. I followed the directions found HEREย as a guest post on I Am Momma Hear Me Roar by East Coast Creative, with some slight modifications.

DIY fabric-covered door mat floor cloth

I couldn’t find the same rubber mat runner used in their post, but I did find an inexpensive rubber foam mat that worked well and gives the mat some heft. I did find that if you look closely, there’s a slight gray tint that came through the fabric — not sure how to avoid that (maybe coat the underside of the fabric with polyurethane first instead?), but it doesn’t take away from the look of the mat so it doesn’t bother me.

I used THIS fabric and LOVE it. (Side note: Would it be weird to make a pillow for your front door? Yes? Darn.) I started making a similar mat using a thinner cotton, and while I think it will still turn out okay, I like the front door fabric a lot better already. It’s similar to a duck cloth or a light canvas.

I also did three coats of polyurethane, using a mini foam roller to cover the whole fabric swatch. The longest part was waiting for it to dry in between coats, which took about a day to a day and a half — it really soaked in to the foam mat.

I’m really happy with how it turned out — as is my little helper.

DIY fabric-covered door mat floor cloth

Now I just need to get the front door painted — when’s Labor Day again? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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