I Stenciled My Doormat on the Front Porch | Painting Concrete
an easy DIY to spice up the front porch
With this project, I’ve learned that I’m not that great at stenciling, but if I can do it, anyone can! I’m excited to share this DIY doormat stenciling project with you all finally. It’s been a few months since finishing, but I needed to make sure it held up before sharing the tutorial. I’m happy to report that it’s stayed strong, and not a chip of paint has left the concrete. I love how it turned out, and I can’t wait to paint a fall one in a few months.
You may be wondering why in the world I would paint the concrete, but I have a good reason. When we get rainstorms, for some reason, the rain likes to hit directly onto my front door, splashing all over the doormat. When I have rugs or those straw mats, they get destroyed and stain the concrete. I was tired of buying many doormats and decided to paint one. I had someone ask me where people are supposed to wipe their shoes if I don’t have a doormat, well, my mom always taught me to take the shoes off and leave them outside 👍 But if you’re in the same boat as me, but need a place to wipe the shoes, try using a shoe-wiping rug in the entryway of your home. You will need:
Small paint roller
Exterior Paint (concrete paint is preferred)
Stencil (I used Royal Stencils)
Tape/Heavy objects to hold down the stencil
The first thing I did was measure out the area I wanted to have the mat. Our brick area is a bit crooked (ugh) so it does look slanted. After measuring the area, I traced the layout with chalk.
After tracing the area, I used a roller to paint the doormat base black. For my fall mat, I’m going to do the white first to make it more dramatic. Luckily, it only needed one coat, and it dried within fifteen minutes.
I used my leftover paint from the door. It’s called Dark Kettle Black by Valspar.
Once the paint dried, I placed the stencil in the bottom corner to start the first round of painting. I used the wood pieces and tape to keep the stencil in place.
I used the stencil brush to dab the white paint over the stencil. It’s important to use less paint to prevent bleeding, but if you do the black layer first, you may need a few coats of the white.
Remove the stencil carefully and wash it off. I used the hose outside to wash off the paint and let it sit in the sun for a bit to dry off.
Repeat the pattern until the first layer is fully covered. The stencil comes with smaller stencils to help fill areas you may not be able to line up perfectly (which I was so bad at.) It was always after I finished painting when I noticed where I made a mistake. I know the second time around will be better!
Use a fine touch-up paintbrush to correct the lines and cover up any bleeding. It is not going to be perfect, but it’ll look good enough to where people will think it’s an actual tile rug. I’ve had so many people ask me where I bought it!
This is the fun part! Decide where you want to add designs and letters to your mat. I used cheerios to play around and see where I should place my lettering. It took me a few tries to line it up.
Use a medium-sized paintbrush to fill in the letters and design.
The final job wasn’t perfect, but I look forward to doing it again. I think it’ll be easier the next time. I am really happy with how it looks. It looks like I’m going to have to make a new wreath this month too.
Whenever the front porch is messy after a storm, I use the blower to dust it off and the hose to powerwash it. It’s so nice not having to work around the rug.
The stencil also looks cool as a backdrop if you wanted to add a rug on top. I thought about doing this during Christmas time. We won’t get much rain in December, and it may look cute on top.
I still need to decorate and choose a porch swing for the other half of my porch, but we hang out in the backyard most of the time.
This week, we are working on the office makeover! I can’t wait for you all to see it.
I hope you all enjoyed this fun little tutorial and if you stencil anything around your house, make sure to tag me so I can see photos!
Questions for you!
- What saying should I stencil for my fall doormat?
- Does your doormat ever get ruined by the rain?
- If you have a doormat, what does it say right now?