For my Fall porch makeover, I knew I needed a special door mat. I see me porch in two sections, the sitting area with the rocking chairs and the front door. I was able to find some pretty plum floral to make new pillow for the robin’s egg blue rocking chairs that incorporated enough color to coordinate with my fall look. My door being the dark teal blue with the added purple in the mix was a color palette mix that needed to be pulled together for this area. I took my pillow fabric to the local hardware store to pick paint colors. Spray paint is limited so I bought a deep purple, raspberry for the plum, teal blue, sage green, metallic copper and metallic gold. I knew that the natural sisal color would change the tones slightly. Knowing from past door mat projects that tape lets the spray seep for a blurry line, I decided to try a different method. I cut 6 pieces of chipboard the length of the short edge of the mat making sure at least one edge was the straight cut. I then used the boards, two at a time to line up a stripe that would be painted. One piece would lie flat and I held the other vertical with the straight edge pressed into the sisal. I then sprayed that edge for a crisp line. I then switched boards, laying the first flat and the second vertical and sprayed that edge of the stripe. I then moved to the next stripe changing width and color. The results were crisp and clean stripes that looked perfect! Though I free formed this rug, you can easily mark with tape or pen where you want your stripes prior to painting. You can even make a small drawing to plan your color order. To see the photos of the complete porch tour, visit this post. For the full tutorial for the hydrangea paper wreath see this post. Cheers! ~ Lia
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I LOVE your doormat. The colors are perfect. I would love to have this at my front door greeting those that come for a visit.
Kim, thank you! The doormat definitely adds an unexpected pop of color, everyone from the mailman to my friends have commented on the “happy” colors.
Love the colors. But I couldn’t understand your explanation of how you did the stripes. I wish you had used a photograph of you holding the strips of chipboard as you were painting.
Lia, I love everything you do and so appreciate that you share your projects with us.
Thank you Sharyn, that is really sweet!
The colors in your Fall porch makeover are so calming ~ and the door mat is so crisp ~ a perfect blend with everything.
Thank you! It is fun to add in some purple, plums, and teal to “traditional” fall colors.
Love your doormat! The colors are fantastic. Thanks for the info on how y7ou did it.
You are welcome! Glad you like it:)
Thanks! I love the colors. 🙂
That rug looks beautiful. The stripes are so crisp. Love the colors you chose. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks Marijean! It was quite the project. 😉
I absolutely love your colors, Lia! I don’t have the time to do all these lovely
things, but I would hire you as my decorator in a heartbeat!!!
Thanks Heilke! Hopefully you can get some inspiration from my projects. 😉
One of the ugliest doormats I’ve ever seen. Surely you can do better.
I guess that is good there is a lot of choices out there then. Some of us love it and there are others door mats out there for you to love. 😉