Guys, I am so excited to share this project with you! Because this beautiful DIY wooden doormat represents the beginning of our very overdue patio makeover.
We’ve been living in our house for almost 5 years, and our patio has been in some serious need of love, but it kept getting put off because it was such a daunting task. Before this house, I had never had a yard, or a pool or a patio. So even though I was overjoyed to have it when we first moved in, I had NO idea what kind of undertaking it really would be.
But this spring, Phillip and I had decided enough was enough and it was time to start tackling our patio one piece at a time. And when I stepped out onto my sad dilapidated doormat I knew exactly where I wanted to start.
Being that Phillip is a carpenter, wood is pretty much everywhere in our house, so it only made sense for it to flow out onto the patio and so the idea of the wooden doormat was born.
What I loved about this project was that it was relatively cheap to make and we were able to knock it out over two days. Making it the perfect weekend project for anyone looking to do a little sprucing around their door as well!
What you’ll need:
- 3 8ft 1×2’s from your local hardware store (if you’re not planning to seal it then consider purchasing cedar because it contains natural oils that resist rot. If you’re going to seal it or paint it pick whatever wood you want!)
- 10ft of polyester rope ½ in thickness or less cut into four strands (if you want to have knots in between your slats, then double your length. I chose not to knot it. It’s totally makers choice.)
- 1 can of spray paint
- 1 can of primer (optional, but recommended)
- Sample pack of miscellaneous grit sandpaper
- A drill with a drill bit with the same width or slightly bigger than your rope
Every DIY project needs a supervisor
Unless you really love working with saws or have a handy man in your life, when you go to pick up your supplies at your hardware store, ask them to cut your 1×2’s into 30in slats. This should give you 9 pieces.
First things first, you’re going to need to drill your holes for threading your rope. I’m horrible with all things power tools, so Phillip graciously drilled the slats for me. If you have that handy man still available to you, you can always ask them for a little help in this department. If not, you’ll want to equally distance your four holes and drill straight through the width of each the slat.
Once you have the holes drilled to your satisfaction, go ahead and sand your wooden slats using your low grade (60 grit) sand paper. Then go ahead and spray on your primer. Following the instructions on your primer brand, typically let your primer set for at least 20 minutes before handling, and at least one hour before moving onto the next step.
After your primer is set, go ahead and do another round of sanding, but this time, you’ll want to use your medium grit sandpaper (100-150 grit range). Once you’re happy with the texture, you are ready to paint! And really, that’s the best part…
Like your primer, check with your brand, but plan on waiting 20 minutes after painting for handling and at least one hour before moving on.
Once your first coat of paint is dry it’s time to sand again! Yay repetition! Hang in there though because it’ll be worth it!
With this sanding, you’ll need the 220 grit sandpaper. The reason we keep re-sanding is because you want to make sure its nice and smooth because what’s the point in having an adorable doormat if it cuts up your feet whenever you step on it?!
Alright, now you’re ready for your final coat of paint!
If you want a more distressed look and don’t mind a little more sanding, you can go back over your slats with your 220 grit one LAST time after you’ve given your slats enough time to set. If not that’s not the look you’re going for then you should be all set to start threading your rope.
Lay your slats out horizontally and line up your holes so you’re ready for threading! I got really excited at this point because I could see how it was all coming together. Hope you are too!
Tie a knot at one end of each of your ropes, so that you’ll have a base to anchor your bottom slat. Go ahead and thread each rope through your bottom slat. If you want to knot in between each slat go ahead and do so. I choose not to, and just left a little bit of room between the slats as I went. Continue to thread each slat on until you have all 9 on your ropes, knotting again at the end to secure your slats. Go ahead and remove any excess rope you may have.
And that’s it! You now have a beautiful new wooden doormat to brighten your day whether it’s at your front door or welcoming you onto your patio.
I just can’t get over how much life such a small touch has already brought to my space. It has me even more excited for what we’re going to try next!
DIY Wooden Doormat
- Cut 1x2s into 30in slats
- Drill 4 holes equal distance apart in each slat, width being slightly larger than the width of your rope
- Sand slats with 60 grit sandpaper
- Prime slats, allow at least 20 minutes before handling and 1 hour before next step
- Sand slats again with 100-150 grit sandpaper
- Paint with a first coat of spray paint. Wait 20 minutes before handling and 1 hour before next step.
- Sand with 220 grit sandpaper
- Paint with the second coat of spray paint. Wait again before next step.
- Optional: sand again with 220 grit sandpaper for distressed look
- Knot ropes at the bottom
- Lie slats horizontally, and thread ropes through each slat.
- Optional: knot in between slats
- Leaving ¼ in in between slats if opting not to knot in between slats, tie final knots at the top of the slats once all are threaded on.
- Remove any excess rope upon completion.
What do you think of the doormat? Have any other diy projects you think I should try for our patio makeover? I’m all ears!