I’ve been wanting to add yellows to my outdoor areas.
I am waiting for some Major Smartypants to develop yellow evergreen hydrangeas. Until then, yellows via furniture and garden accents will have to do.
First thing I did was to tackle our front doormat. I loved it when I bought it three years ago. A clear, colourful picture of bird and peony. But the colours run after use and being rained on. So now it’s a sad mash of faded colours.
Coir mats aren’t made to last, I don’t think! Next time you see a printed/patterned coir mat that you really like, buy a couple. I really liked mine bought new but now it’s just sad. I’m sad. There are some really pretty ones Anna Chandler ones in Australia, but at $70-100 a pop, I thought I’d try to tackle it myself with a DIY project.
When these The Come In, Go Away ambigram doormats began surfacing on blogosphere, the font-addict in me coupled with the quirky-addict in me and I began to lust after one of them.
But they were plain. I wanted some colour. Specifically, some yellow. I also really like the repeating tile patterns in these mats:
So I played around with ideas of combining the two. The first thing I did was to trace out the ambigram on Illustrator. The tan background mimics the colour of the coir:
I thought about spraypainting the words in yellow gloss onto the brown coir:
I didn’t really like the contrast of the yellow against the coir brown. The yellow didn’t stand out. Example:
But what if I spray painted the entire coir mat with yellow first?
But what if I added another tile-like motif in white?
I didn’t like. Too busy and complicated; the ambigram doesn’t really stand out.
I made my choice.
My supplies for my doormat project:
- Basic coir mat; I got mine from Bunnings for five bucks!
- Bunnings got in the spray paint brand Rust-Oleum just last week and I was told I was the proud first purchaser of these cans. I’m intrigued to see how it will go. It claims to even bond to plastic and most USA/Canada DIY bloggers have used it to great results. I got Sun Yellow and Black.
- Large paint dropsheet; I used my lawn on a still and mildly hot day…
- Sharp craft knife
- Printer & A4 paper
- Transparent masking tape
- 3M Multipurpose Spray Adhesive; I like this because depending on how long you leave it on, it can be a temporary or permanent solution
- Cutting mat
1. I spraypainted the coir mat with the Sun Yellow with two coats. I waited a day before I did anything else.
2. Meanwhile, I took the measurements of the coir mat into Illustrator, overlaid it with my Come In ambigram and enlarged it until I was happy with the size. Then I printed it out onto 6 sheets of A4 card, taped it together and sliced it out SUPER-carefully with my craft knife. Took AGES!
3. The next day, I overlaid the large sheet of paper onto the mat until I was happy with the positioning. Then I sprayed the entire BACK of the stencil with the adhesive 3M glue. Then I stuck the stencil on and made sure every little bit was stuck to the mat so you avoid as much bleed as possible.
4. I carefully spraypainted the gloss black onto the stencil and mat. You have to be quick with this 3M glue adhesive if you only want it to be used as a tack (rather than permanent); needs to be removed within 15 minutes. So there was only really one go. I made sure it was a repeated swish over the area a few times.
5. Let dry!
I’m really happy with it installed!
The sorry state of bricks, trim, door and downpipes are courtesy of a landlord. We think it’s been a long time since it’s been painted. It is looking very tired.
I think that spot in the corner is a perfect spot for a large white urn filled with a green leafy EVERGREEN hydrangea. The search for a large white urn begins!
Total for this small DIY project: $26.70
(the other things I already had.)