Pretty Up Your Porch With a DIY Wooden Doormat

Keep dirt and debris at bay with this stylish DIY.

DIY Wood Welcome Mat

DIY Wood Welcome Mat

Welcome guests in style with a custom, DIY wood slat doormat. Not only does this trendy rug make a gorgeous statement on any front porch, but it’s also a great tool for keeping dirt and debris at bay as the space between the slats captures the dirt and hides it from view. When ready for a front porch cleaning, just lift the mat, do a quick sweep and it’s ready for use again.

By: Cassidy Garcia

Copy the rustic, modern look of DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2018's front porch by making your own wood slat doormat. Not only does this trendy rug make a gorgeous statement, but it’s also a great tool for keeping dirt and debris at bay as the space between the slats captures the dirt and hides it from view. When ready for a front porch cleaning, simply lift the mat, do a quick sweep and it’s ready for use again.

What You'll Need

  • (9) 2" x 2" x 36" pieces of dry, unstained wood
  • spool of jute rope
  • drill + 3/8" bit
  • sandpaper
  • measuring tape or ruler
  • pencil
  • dark walnut oil-based stain
  • exterior paint + primer in one
  • acrylic outdoor paint
  • exterior water-based polyurethane

Prep the Wood

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

Lay out nine 2”x2”x36” pieces of wood on a flat surface, arranging each one until the best side is facing up. Sand all of the boards to a smooth finish free of possible splinters.

Tip: Most local hardware stores will cut the 2x2s to the desired length if asked.

Measure

Once sanded, lay the wood pieces side by side like they’ll be placed in the mat, ensuring the edges are even. Using a ruler or measuring tape, make a pencil mark one inch from the end of each wood piece, centered, on both ends.

Drill Holes

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

Prop one of the 2x2s up and off of your work surface using a scrap piece of wood. Drill a hole completely through the pencil markings on both ends. Make sure to choose a drill bit large enough for your jute rope to be threaded through (we used 3/8"). Repeat this process on all nine pieces of wood.

Paint or Stain

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

Paint or stain your mat however you desire. We chose a dark walnut stain for one mat and stenciled the word 'Hello' using exterior paint and primer in one (more on that later). For our other mat, we painted each board a different, bright color using acrylic outdoor paint, then sealed it with an exterior water-based polyurethane. Creativity has no limit here! If painting or staining, let dry before moving onto the next step.

String Together

Once the paint or stain has dried, connect the boards using jute rope. Starting with the first 2x2, thread the rope through the hole and tie a knot on both sides. Then, thread the rope through the next board, continuing the knotting process until each board is connected, with a knot in between and on each end. Repeat on the other end of the mat.

Finishing Touches

Once our mat was tied together, we chose to stencil the word "Hello" on the top by tracing vinyl letters. But if quippy words aren’t your style, consider using painters tape to create a geometric design or distress your mat for a farmhouse look. The options are endless to make this mat unique to your space.

DIY Wood Slat Doormat

DIY Wood Slat Doormat

Welcome guests in style with a custom, DIY wood slat doormat. Not only does this trendy rug make a gorgeous statement on any front porch, but it’s also a great tool for keeping dirt and debris at bay as the space between the slats captures the dirt and hides it from view. When ready for a front porch cleaning, just lift the mat, do a quick sweep and it’s ready for use again.

Photo by: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography

Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography

Tip: if painting, don't forget to seal with an exterior, water-based polyurethane to ensure your mat holds up to elements and dirty feet for years to come.

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