February 6, 2015 by and
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

This quick and versatile weekend project from my day-thrifting turned out to be the perfect storage solution for my little gems.

What You’ll Need

  • A piece of recycled furniture
  • Patterned doormat
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Sponge rollers
  • Sealer

Instructions

  • Remove hardware.
  • Rough up the surface with sandpaper, taking the sheen off.
  • Select a paint that works best on wood. ProClassic from Sherwin Williams is a good choice.
  • Use a sponge roller for painting the wood for a smooth finish. Several coats works best.
  • Center the doormat mat on the surface.
  • Using spray paint, apply several light coats from all angles.
  • Use spray sealer or a roll-on sealer to the desired look.
  • Spice it up with some new hardware. 

Don’t throw away that now trashed doormat just yet! You can create a similar vibe in making dramatic wall art on wood panels.

This time I went with a rich stain as the base of the artwork. And don’t forget that your most hardware stores will cut a panel into four uniform pieces. Stain the wood after sanding and rounding the corners just a bit. Assemble the panels as though they were one contiguous piece again, position your mat accordingly and get to work with your spray paint and sealer. The needs of each space will vary, but you’ll want to hang the panels with at least a two-inch gap between each panel.

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