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updating an old door mat

spray paint an old door mat for a new look

In my quest to makeover just about EVERYTHING in and around our house nothing is off limits [well spray painting my kids is probably not a good idea].   While playing soccer in the backyard with my little man the other day, I got the raging itch to do something with our ugly doormats.  So after I got my butt kicked 10-3 I accepted defeat and got busy making this door mat a bit prettier.

use spray paint to makeover a door mat

It’s just a simple coconut fiber door mat that has seen better days.  But….you know what I’m going to say….I try to squeeze the life out of everything first before tossing it into the garbage.

spray paint a door mat to give it a quick makeover

While little man was basking in the glow of victory, I taped off a simple design with painters tape.  I had to push the tape down a bit as it does not want to stick.

update a door mat using spray paint

I stopped my taping at this point thinking that the design would be pretty.

give an old door mat an update uisng spray paint

Because the door mat is obviously outside I chose my go-to enamel spray paint in flat black.  Then I got my trigger-finger to work.

give your old door mat an update with spray paint

This sucker soaked up a TON of paint.  I went through that entire can of paint!

give an old door mat a quick update with spray paint

And the moment of truth.  My first impression was, “This looks a flag! Do I want to be trampling all over some country’s flag?”  I know…my thought process is strange.  Plus I wasn’t impressed with the way it looked.  Soooo….

update an old door mat with spray paint

I took a risk and grabbed my little can of white gloss latex. LATEX?!?!  I know…but the label said it’s great for outdoor projects.  So I shrugged my shoulders and said, “Let’s give it a try!”

give an old door mat a new look with spray paint

I dabbed white paint over the design I already created then decided to keep on chugging and fill in the entire door mat.  I just used an old crappy craft paint brush.

spray paint an old door mat for a quick update

And here she is!  As fate would have it, we got a rain storm in San Diego yesterday and the paint held up just fine!

spray paint an old door mat for an update

I like it! It’s a cheap update and I love the bold look of black and white!  I’m on a B+W kick right now and don’t see it coming to an end anytime soon.

use spray paint to makeover a door mat



spray paint an old door mat for an update


spray paint an old door mat for a new look


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geometric orb [made from a dog's toy]

geometric decorative orb from a dog's toy

I have been itching to DIY another decorative orb since my recent post on how to “create” a brass urchin using a kid’s toy.  This time I wanted something a bit more substantial and chunky so I made a trip [with my best little shopper] to our local Petco.  Yep, I’m officially nuts!  

decorative orb made from dogs play toy

As soon as I turned a corner in the pet toy aisle I spotted these perfectly geometric rubber dog toys. 

decor orb made from dogs chew toy

decorative orb from dogs play toy

I purchased one of each size and once home, I got busy prepping and painting them.  I did learn something from my brass urchin paint job and that is…if you want a nice smooth, crack-free paint job on your plastic items use a plastic spray primer. 

decorative orb made from dogs chew toy_plastic primer

decorative orb from dog's play toy_primed

I gave each “orb” a coat of primer [it goes on clear] and let it dry for one hour.  Once dry I decided to paint each orb something other than gold as I am craving something different.  GOLD It’s everywhere!  So I brought out my gloss black and aubergine spray paints.  I did add some gold glitter afterwards [baby steps prying my fingers off the gold I guess].

geometric decor orb from dogs play toy

I gave each a quick coat and let dry for another hour.

geometric decor orb made from dog chew toy

Once that coat was dry I decided to spritz each with gold glitter spray for the holidays.  I think once Christmas is over I will re spray each a solid color.

Here they are!  After a couple hours I transformed a dog’s toy to a decorative orb that now graces the end table in our family room! 

geometric decor orb from dogs play toy_aubergene

geometric orb made from dogs chew toy_black

geometric decor orb created from a dogs toy

geometric decorative orb created from dog's toy

dogs toy transformed into a decorative orb

Unless you get REALLY close to these or pick them up, you would never know they are really a dog’s play toy!  I think I will place a battery-operated tea light in the bottom of each for some extra fun.  Or I might squeeze in a miniature potted succulent.  You can do so many things with these!  

geometric decorative orb from a dog's toy



linking this crazy project up to:

Fluster Buster

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