Welcome! Do you have a rug at your front door to welcome your guests? I know I do! It came with the house, and it’s dreadful. The whole porch could really use a facelift, but I’ve started with such an easy project! Painting a coir mat is not revolutionary or new, but the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. I wanted to share with you what my imagination created.
What I Used
Leftover Latex Wall Paint, SINDAL Ikea coir mat, Painter’s Tape, Paint Brush, Stencil, Craft knife
How Long It Took
1 Hour + Dry Time
I started by taping of every part of the mat that I planned on taping. I used basic painter’s tape, because I’ve got so much lying around. But there are specialty painter’s tapes that are meant for adhering to rough and textured surfaces. If you’re not for the #yolo life, definitely look into those types!
So if you’re new here, I have a long wall in my living room that I painted a hexagon patterned accent wall onto. I’m the home with the hexagon wall. I like to repeat the pattern in little ways throughout the house to make some sense of it and make our home feel a bit more cohesive. With that in mind, I went ahead an ran with the hexagon pattern. I used Paint program to paste together a hexagon I found on google images. I printed my template and held it atop a piece of cardboard. Using a craft knife, I cut the hexagons into the cardboard.
The cardboard with hexagons cut into it was my stencil. I then held that over my mat and used the craft knife again the cut the shapes into the painter’s tape. I pressed the edges of the hexagons firmly into the coir.
With a simple angled brush, I stippled the leftover latex wall paint onto the cut outs. It took some work to get it into all the knots of the coir, but it didn’t take very long. Instant gratification with a bit of elbow grease!
I pulled the painter’s tape back and allowed the paint to dry overnight. There’s a morning dove couple who builds their nest atop the light on our front porch, so I’ve laid the mat out. But in order not to disturb our spring time guests, I spent minimal time hanging out to take pictures. You totally understand, right? You’re the best.
Now this may have something to do with the braided coir, it may turn out better with the stiff coir haired rugs, but my hexagons pretty much look like polka dots. I’m not crazy about polka dots, but I don’t hate the way the hexagon blobs look either.
This project was inspired by the infamous Sarah Dorsey’s Chevron painted rug. It’s the 5th project I’ve completed as part of the 6 week long Pinterest challenge. Basically, you try to complete something you’ve pinned every week for 6 weeks. Sweet, right? You should check out my other projects too! Week 1: DIY Geode Specimen Art Tutorial, Week 2: Gold Rhino Desktop Photo Holder, Week 3: Steel Wrapped Planters tutorial, Week 4: Steel Wrapped Planters tutorial. Don’t forget to come back next week for my final project!