Time again for the Pinterest Challenge! The Pinterest Challenge (for those of you that have no idea) is a link party hosted by Young House Love and Bower Power where you actually make something that you pinned. If y’all are anything like me then you’ve pinned hundreds of ideas and only made one or two of them. I am slowly working on transforming my front porch from a workshop into actual porch and am in need of a welcome mat. Now, I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but there seems to be an abundance of painted rugs floating around Pinterest. So instead of showing you one inspiration pin, I have an inspiration collage ‘o pins…(1.Mommy In The Mountains 2.Pretty Handy Girl 3.House Of Smiths 4.Vintage Revivals 5.Lovely Crafty Home 6.Vixen Made 7.Sarah Wandering)
People have been painting all sorts of rugs…bamboo, sisal, jute, carpet, dropcloths, coir, those squishy puzzle piece ones that no one knows the name of…
I however wanted to paint rubber. I’ve had coir, sisal and jute outdoor mats and none of them have held up well. A rubber mat though, a rubber mat is made to go the distance.
So I went to Home Depot and headed straight to the ugly mat section and picked out the cheapest one they had. You know the section I’m talking about, the one that most women would never consider buying a rug from…
Then I got home and realized that paint may not stick to rubber very well. Or maybe it would….Google should know. Turns out that hardly anyone paints rubber things, but I did find out that acrylics would be my best because the paint remains flexible. Luckily I have a whole tub of acrylics to choose from…most of which happened to be blue.
I should tell you that I had no plans going into this, I just wanted to paint a rug. That never happens, 99% of the time I know EXACTLY what I want to do/make and then have the task of creating something that is up to par with the picture in my head. I work best that way, the things I wing I very rarely love. A little foreshadowing perhaps?
Anyway, I took out my blues and silvers, lined ’em up and thought…ombre?
So I used a foam roller and put a base coat on the whole thing.
Then I grabbed a flat ended brush for the detail work. (Yup, the one that didn’t work for stenciling.)
Then I ombred. And it looked terrible.
So I re-ombred. And it looked much better.
(My official ombre advice is to use one color mixed with various amounts of white rather than using different colors.)
Actually, it turned out to be some dang good subtle ombre-ing if you ask me.
Then I took a step back and looked at it in context and decided…I hate it. It totally doesn’t fit in on my porch.
(See all those deep scratches on my door? That’s thanks to the giant neighbor dog that’s terrified of the of the rain. Terrified of the rain but perfectly okay with crazy ladies, yelling, and brooms.)
Anyway, while collecting pinterest photos for this post I ran across the welcome at that I should have made….
I super love it…wooden slats and rope would look awesome on my front porch.
So this means the garage is acquiring a fancy new ombre mat and supplies for a wooden mat are going on my Home Depot list. Hey, decorating’s a process, right?
Update: Read about the wooden mat HERE