Transform your space with 5 outdoor summer DIY projects you can make with the help of some FrogTape.
Raise your hand if you LOVE a good layered doormat look? 🙌🏻
Yeah, me too! But, the Indiana winter weather (and kids and a dog) are pretty hard on my layered rugs. I’m constantly re-situating it. Most of the time it looks like this…
But, with the help of a little FrogTape, I’ve found a more permanent solution. And it’s pretty darn cute.
Stick with me and I’ll give you the steps you need to make this happen on your doorway too!
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Before I got started, I had to get a handle on the plaid pattern. Plaid can be tricky, but I got some tips from this post by Jamie Costiglio. It helped me figure out a plan and visualize what I needed to do with the tape to make a pattern.
What I totally forgot to include was that my space wasn’t already painted white. So, this happened.
Yep, I had taped out my first step before I painted the square (aka background for my buffalo check) white. Whoops.
So you don’t make this mistake in your project, I’m sharing my steps here for you.
- Yard Stick
- Tape Measure
- Paint (I used Valspar interior eggshell paint in White and Black Heron – which is more of a dark charcoal)
How to Paint Buffalo Check Plaid Doormat
I painted my pattern using 4 colors, which I created by mixing my two paint colors.
- 3/4 White + 1/4 Black Heron
- 1/4 White + 3/4 Black Heron
- Black Heron
Step 1: First decide on the size of your painted doormat. I used the width of my doorway, which was 45 inches wide and the length of the yard stick to create my size. Since 36×45 was divisible by 3, I chose to make 3″ squares in my plaid. I used chalk to mark 3 inches in both directions with a tape measure.
Step 2: Use FrogTape to mark your rectangle and paint the inside white.
Step 3: When the white paint is dry, tape off 3″ wide horizontal stripes. Remember, you’ll skip a row so that you have a 3″ white stripe and a 3″ gray stripe. Paint these stripes with color #2.
Step 4: When those stripes are dry, tape off 3″ wide vertical stripes. Remember, you’ll skip a row here too so that you have a 3″ white stripe. This will leave a square of white in between the first horizontal gray stripe you painted. Paint this square with color #3. Don’t worry if you go over the gray square a bit, because you’ll be painting the darkest color over that square in the next step.
Step 5: Place tape horizontally over the squares you just painted, leaving the light gray squares revealed. These are the squares you may have painted onto in the last step. Paint color #4 (your darkest color) onto these squares.
Step 6: Remove all your FrogTape and clean up your chalk lines with a wet towel.
Step 7: Tape off a border around your buffalo plaid and paint with color #4 to finish off your doormat design.
That’s it! I did Step #1 in the evening of day 1 and all the other steps on day 2. On a cool spring day, my paint dried pretty quickly so I was able to finish this project in a few hours on day 2.
The FrogTape gave me such clean lines, I didn’t have to go back and do any clean up – what a relief!
I am soooooo happy with how this painted buffalo check doormat turned out.
SHOP THIS SPACE
The buffalo check doormat looks best when layered, so I added this hello doormat on top. You can tell here that I did get a little crooked on my lines, but I don’t think anyone will notice.
I am really loving greens right now, so I might even just paint my door green this summer. *gasp* It was a big deal when I painted my front door yellow, but this time around, I don’t think my husband will mind.
BTW, little shrubs don’t typically like the shade of my front porch. Since I’m tired of killing boxwoods, I decided to buy this faux juniper instead. It was about the same price as a boxwood and should last for years to come. I bet you didn’t even notice! 😉
So my mom stopped by and she’d like to hire me to paint a buffalo check doormat on her porch too! If you love the layered doormat look, then you know it can be frustrating when your rugs get damaged or dirty. This is a much thriftier solution that lasts!
The painted buffalo check doormat will stand the test of little feet, little paws and a little weather.
I’d love to know what you think… are you going to give this pattern a try? I’m thinking of tackling the back door on my deck next. 🙂
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