Customize Your Own Outdoor Mat

After what felt like the longest winter EVER, summer has finally arrived! Morning coffee on the deck is a regular thing and evenings spent outdoors with friends are in full swing.

In past years, a lot of focus was put on our yard and getting it to where we wanted it to be. We pulled dead shrubs out, planted fresh new ones, added some poured curbing to give our yard some appeal and rebuilt our raised garden. This year, my focus is our deck! It’s sturdy, it was built right, but it’s always lacked some character.

This quick project is a jump start to make it a warm and inviting space that we can enjoy as a family and with our friends! With the addition of some lettering, some personality is added to an otherwise boring old mat. I picked up this mat from WalMart for $10, it already had a black border, so that was a plus.

Using my Cricut, I made a stencil that read “GOOD VIBES ONLY”. Everybody needs good vibes and with the amount of traffic that goes in and out of our house by way of the deck, it would serve as a good reminder! In hindsight, I should have used a tackier vinyl instead of my stencil vinyl. The stencil vinyl didn’t stick as well as it could have to the mat. The beautiful imperfections are what make your home yours though, right?

Mask off around the stencil so that you don’t get any overspray on the mat. I used Rustoleums Painters Touch spray paint in glossy black, but use whatever color you like. I gave the mat 4 separate coats, so that it really soaked down instead of just resting on top. I let the mat dry overnight before setting it out for regular use.

Isn’t it cute!

Such a simple project that adds some fun & doesn’t break the bank! You definitely can’t beat that. If you aren’t in the mood to make yourself one, you can find some pretty great ones on Amazon! I’m thinking I’ll need to snag one for our front door!

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One thought on “Customize Your Own Outdoor Mat

  1. This is some of the best ideas ever. I love looking and then just picturing where I would put this project. I have arthritis and can’t do much but the simple things I can. I sure thank you for sharing !

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