Check out our welcome mat. It came with the house. You like? Me neither. Besides being old, dirty, and faded, we don't even have a dog. I hate when things don't make sense.
Curb appeal. We don't have it.
I found some tutorials on Pinterest for spray painting welcome mats so I thought I would give it a shot.
First I had to get the thing clean. First I gave it a good vacuuming but it was still full of goodness knows how many years of grit so I had to beat it, well, like a rug.
Then I mixed up some hot water with a bit of dish soap and poured it over the mat, then gave it a good scrub.
Next I rinsed it out by spraying it with the garden hose with the nozzle set to the highest pressure possible.
I laid it out flat to dry in the sun, then transferred it to my spray-painting box. I find it contains the mess very well!
Then I got to the painting. Yay for the fun part!
Krylon Colormaster Ivory (Satin Finish), Valspar Premium Clear Sealer (Flat Finish), and Krylon Colormaster Khaki (Gloss Finish)
First I applied several coats of the ivory. In retrospect, I should have made the khaki the base color, but hey, live and learn.
Then I used 1" painters tape to make a chevron pattern. The tape realllly didn't want to stick to the bristles so this part of the process took the longest.
Next I applied a few coats of the khaki...
Then I removed the tape and covered the whole thing with a coat of the clear varnish.
So for $8 spent and a lot of paint fumes inhaled, I no longer hear Psycho violins when I walk up the front steps.