Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hi, I'm Mat!

I love long weekends.
I set aside some time this weekend for creativity since I have been a little off my game.
I decided to spruce up the kitchen.
I have this really functional (the soft squishy kind), yet bland kitchen mat.



I have seen some tutorials online for painting rugs, mats, etc.
I figured, it can't get any worse so I got to work.
The first step was covering the dark background with a base coat.



After that dried, I went on to paint it 3 different shades of yellow trying to find the right one to match my kitchen.

More dry time and then on to the creative aspect. I couldn't decide what pattern to do. Stripes? polka dots? words? Ok, wording....but what?
Neil came to the rescue with the suggestion of "YUM". Very appropriate.
I simply wrote on the mat with pencil.

I traced it with white acrylic paint and voila!


I did not add an overcoat of polyeurethane or anything that might help keep the paint on. I did drop water on it, stepped on it with shoes, bare feet, and socks to see what might happen. And nothing did. So I guess for now, we will see how that goes.


Its the perfect shade of yellow and it adds a little whimsy to our kitchen. Plus, it was FREE! I had all the paints already and I rescued a boring mat!

I would call that a successful crafting day.

23 comments:

  1. Very cute! I painted a rug recently and posted it. I love it every time I look at it. So easy, yet it makes such a difference! Came over via Chic on a Shoestring.

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  2. I wish I would have seen this post before I threw mine away! This is a great idea though, thank you. I love the way these feel when I'm doing the dishes but I hate all the patterns/designs that are out there.

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  3. This is really cute! I love the colors! And I love the idea of writting on it also. It looks amazing!
    Ky
    http://burstofcreations.blogspot.com/

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  4. that is so cute!! I was just looking at those squishy mats last week at the store but couldn't find anything to match my kitchen decor. Maybe I'll give this a try... thanks for the inspiration!!

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  5. came over from Centsational Girl. your rug makes me happy!

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  6. what a great idea. love the yellow!!!

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  7. I love this and the possibilities are endless!

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  8. I love that idea! I don't have any rugs like that, but it definitely makes it look so much better! I bet you could do the same thing with those placemats too. I'm a new follower from Making Mondays.

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  9. i spray painted one and it was sticky FOREVER- like almost a month before it was useable- acrylic and poly might be a better bet :) its cute!

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  10. Love the yellow, thank you for sharing!

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  11. What a great idea =) Thanks for sharing!
    ~Kelly @ Corner of Main

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  12. Hi Margo, This is the first post of yours that I landed on. I have since read several of your older posts and I have really enjoyed your blog and I have awarded you The Versatile Blogger Award. If you jump to my blog you can pick you the picture of the award and see the happy things I've said about your blog.
    Happy blogging. --Kimberly

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  13. Adorable! Great job :-)

    Dana @ CraftedNiche.wordpress.com

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  14. This is so cute! I am so inspired. I can't wait to try.
    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

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  15. I love this! AWESOME! I totally want to do this for my yellow kitchen. It may be a tiny newlywed department, but it's super cute and yellow is my favorite color!
    http://thenewlywedwife.wordpress.com/

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  16. Love it! I just recovered a similar mat with fabric, and put the tutorial on my blog. I linked this post as another cute option.
    -Cassandra
    darlingnomad.blogspot.com

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  17. How many times did you have to paint it with the white acrylic? I'm trying this out and the white just seems to sink into the rug...

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  18. Very cute! Would love for you to link up to my party:
    http://qualitycheaphome.blogspot.com/2012/05/piece-of-cake-linky-party-5.html

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  19. This is a darling idea! I need a new rug in my kitchen-I am so going to try this. Thanks for the tutorial! Pinning!
    Have a happy Tuesday!

    ♥Tausha
    sassystyleredesign.com

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  20. How did this hold up? I have been thinking of doing this when we move but I couldn't find anyone who had. That made me think that there must be a reason like it doesn't really work. Also waiting to find the cheapest mats that I can. How much acrylic did it take? Thanks!!

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