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How to Paint a Welcome Mat

Add some personality to your front porch with this simple tutorial for how to paint a welcome mat.

Porch with wooden bench, pillows, decor and a painted welcome mat.

DIY Painted Welcome Mat

You don’t need to spend a lot to personalize your home. With so many great stencil options to choose from, there’s something for everyone. I loved this “hello” and “goodbye” stencil as soon as I saw it and instantly thought of adding it to my front porch in some way. Using an inexpensive natural door mat and exterior paint, I added a bit of fun to the entrance of my house.

photo of a front porch with a painted welcome mat and seating area

How Well does the Painted Mat hold up?

After one full year of use, the paint on the welcome mat has begun to fade. Keep in mind that includes one full Canadian Winter with plenty of exposure to moisture since my front porch is not fully covered. Depending on the outdoor elements and other exposure at your home, the results may differ for you.

Materials Needed

Materials needed to paint a welcome mat including a mat, stencil, paint and a paintbrush.

How to Paint a Welcome Mat

Place the HOME stencil in the bottom right corner of the mat and hold in place with painter’s taupe or by hand.

Taping the "hello" stencil onto the mat.

Using a stencil brush dab the outdoor paint over the stencil.

Using a stencil brush to dab paint over the "hello" stencil.

Peel away the stencil.

Removed Stencil to reveal a painted "hello" on the welcome mat.

Repeat with the opposite corner using the GOODBYE stencil.

Leave paint to dry fully before using the welcome mat.

Close up of the painted welcome mat.

And that’s it, it took less than a half hour to personalize this plain welcome mat! Not bad, eh? As it begins to fade, I plan to touch up the stencil with some fresh paint to get more use out of the mat. You can also add an extra touch to your porch with this homemade door stop.

Porch with wooden bench, pillows, decor and a painted welcome mat.

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How to Paint a Welcome Mat

Jane and Sonja
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Materials
  

  • Natural Door Mat 30”x18”
  • Decoart Curb Appeal in Nantucket Grey
  • DecoArt Hello Type 2pc Americana Decor Stencil 6×18
  • Stencil Brush
  • Painter’s Tape

Instructions
 

  • Place the HOME stencil in the bottom right corner of the mat and hold in place with painter’s taupe or by hand.
  • Using a stencil brush dab the outdoor paint over the stencil.
  • Peel away the stencil.
  • Repeat with the opposite corner using the GOODBYE stencil.
  • Leave paint to dry fully before using the welcome mat.
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