Wooden Doormat {My Pinterest Project}

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This month’s Pinterest project was definitely a labor of love!   I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest (I’m sure you’ve seen it).

So I headed out to gather my supplies and a few days later this is what my doormat looked like:

I ended up only needing 5 – 1x2x8’s and I didn’t use the metal rods.  I decided to use jute rope instead so my total cost was around $18.  I bought a small sample of the paint color I wanted, I bought the primed white wood that was around $2.50 for each piece and I already had the sand paper, paint brush and jute rope.

I decided to use the rope instead of the metal rods because I knew I would never drill the holes perfectly in the center of each piece of wood and since I don’t have any fancy tools, this was the best way to do this project.  Plus, cutting the metal rods seemed like a pain so this was much easier on so many different levels.

I had most of the wood cut at the store.  The smallest they can cut the wood is 12 inches so I had the wood cut into 18 inch pieces (since I needed each piece to be 9 inches).  Then when I got home all I had to do was cut the pieces in half.


I only needed 33 pieces of wood – 9 inches long.  I left off a layer at the bottom of the mat because it started to look too wide so I used less than original plans call for.

Then I drilled my holes, sanded the wood and painted each piece red.

When the paint was dry, I threaded the rope through the holes and tied knots at the top and bottom of each column.  Tip:  Wrap scotch tape around the edges of the jute to make it easy to thread through the holes.  On the end columns, I tied knots after each piece of wood.  This helps when your holes aren’t exactly in the center of the wood.

I’m definitely happy with the way it turned but I would not want to do it again.  And although, it was time consuming I do recommend this project and love the way it looks.  All I’m saying is this door mat better last forever!!

So what do you think?  I would love for you to leave a comment below and don’t forget to link up your Pinterest project HERE.    We want to see how Pinterest has inspired you lately!!

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  1. I love the look of this! Did you put sealer on the wood? I’m curious to know how it holds up to everyday traffic

  2. Hi Kara,

    Great twist on the original project! My husband and I were looking at this yesterday after it was featured on Centsational Girl and he commented that the rods would have to be stainless or they would rust, so you were definitely smart to go with rope instead!

    I liked up an Pinterest inspired project, too. Thanks for hosting!

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

  3. I really like it and I like the fact you went with the jute instead of the metal rods. If you don’t get stainless steel or aluminum , the rods will rust. You’ve taken care of that possibility:-0

  4. I love how this turned out!!! You did a great job, and I love that it is such a functional piece.

  5. Pinterest is a great way to socialized with everyone 🙂
    I love Pinterest’s unique interface 🙂

    Just in case you haven’t heard. There’s also another site developed for Pinterest user to submit their favorite pins, discuss and do social voting as well. You might want to check it out.

    don’t forget to vote, there’s a $15 Amazon Card weekly for the most votes 😀
    if you are not sure about it, you can visit http://blog.pinfaves.com/

    and guess who’s the winner this weeks? not me 🙁

  6. You have found an amazing creation on Pinterest and done such a great job yourself! Pinterest really has so much to offer. I need to check out stuff there more often. Thanks for sharing this on Creative Monday and have a good week.

  7. How cute! I actually haven’t seen that inspiration one before, but your adaption is really nice!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing! I hope you’ll stop by often and share some more 🙂

  9. Super cute! I’ve had that same idea pinned, but haven’t got around to it. I like that you used jute, good idea!

  10. Hi Kara! I love, love, LOVE this!! I especially like the rainbow one. How fun!! Thanks for sharing at my party and have a great weekend!!