Nothing says "Welcome" like bright colors, especially in the summertime. Unfortunately, our old welcome mat, left behind by previous homeowners, was nothing of the sort. It was faded, dirty and pretty sad looking, but I didn't really want to get an entirely new mat and this one had a nice design. All it needed was some love and color!
Begin by prepping your mat for painting by hosing it down. Get all of the grime and debris you can off of it.
After it's dry, you're ready for the spray paint. You will probably need a few coats. This took the entire can and I still had some spots that were grayish due to the kind of material of this particular mat. It both worked in my favor and caused a bit more work you'll see in a minute.
After the white layer has dried you can go to town with your bright colors. Paint it as if you were filling in a coloring book, adding as many coats as needed. Here's where the grayish areas come in. The outer border turned out great in gray but I still had areas that shouldn't be gray. If this happens to you as well, just go over those spots with a small brush and some white acrylic paint.
If your mat is in a place that is not exposed to the elements, i.e. a carport, outdoor paint isn't a must have. However, if it will be in a sunny, uncovered area, you may want to spend the extra few cents for the outdoor acrylics.
I'm loving our "new" mat and I think it's much more welcoming!
Story by Kelly Genn