I seem to have a hard time finding good looking doormats. I know Target usually does a pretty good job putting out some cute ones, but by the time I actually find time to make it to the store, and remember to look for them, the good ones are sold out. Or, while cute, the colors just don’t go well with my porch. (And if you’re confused as to why I would think that after seeing the porch in these photos, this lovely porch in the pictures is at my parent’s house, not mine! My porch is in sore need of an update, just one more project waiting on the to-do list!) So, I decided to do what we always do when we can’t seem to find what we’re looking for, make our own!
I loved the idea of a wooden doormat, in case you couldn’t tell, wood is one of our favorite materials to work with! It’s natural and goes well with pretty much everything! This doormat also is perfect for a house full of little boys that like to spend a lot of time outdoors, as the slats on the board work well for scraping mud off of shoes & boots! (And yes, I will cringe at the first few mud scrapings that happen on this mat, because look how pretty it is! But, it’s what it was made for, so I’ll have to get over it!)
What you need:
– two – 1×4 cedar boards
– table saw
– miter box
– nail gun (or hammer & nails)
– wood glue
– sand paper
How to make it:
Using the table saw, cut the 1×4’s in half. Cut a piece the thickness of your cedar board for the frame (ours was 13/16). Measure and mark how long your frame will be. We made ours 18″x29″. Using the miter box, cut 45 degree angles on each end of the frame pieces. Glue and nail the frame together. Cut the board at a 45 degree angle, place the angle piece tight against the side, mark the other end where you need to cut. Cut another 45 degree angle, glue and nail the piece inside the frame. Repeat till the frame is filled. (We used two small wood pieces to keep the spacing even between the boards). Sand the edges and in between the boards.
So, what do you think, would you like/use a wood doormat? Have you seen any good doormats out there lately? I have quite a few doors at my house, so I could always use a couple more!