There’s been something that’s been bugging me as of late. No, it’s not that I still have to wait 2 days exactly to put up my Christmas tree (although that could be on the list), but it’s this:
I’m all for nature, but when it’s scattered in your entryway no matter how many times you vacuum (see that hose??), nature is better left outdoors.
The solution: an outdoor mat. I wanted to customize one (that I bought at Home Depot for $18), and thought it would be pretty easy.
But instead, let me show you how I did a few things WRONG, and just how I decided to live with a sub-par outdoor mat anyway. :)
First up, my hubby printed out a big letter for our family name (well, I haven’t legally changed mine, but I’ll pretend I did and save me the work). It was printed on a regular sheet of paper, which I should’ve traced onto cardboard or something a little less flimsy.
I cut it out carefully with my scissors (this is where I felt like I was in the stone age, and secretly envied all of the Silhouette owners who had it all done perfectly for them).
Using a measuring tape, I found the center of the mat, and left a mark.
Because I am ghetto, I used safety pins to ‘hold’ my paper down, with the mark as centered as possible.
This is what it looked like… it had a voodoo doll meets nightmare meets this-is-meant-to-fail vibe going on…
And again, because I am ghetto, this is how the edges were protected. All of the plastic bags that we’re charged a nickel for now are being put to use… this sad project just cost me more money.
Now, if there weren’t enough steps to never mimic, here is the clincher:
If you want your rug to NOT turn out the way you want, spray that sucker down with some black spray paint on a VERY windy day.
Oh, but make sure to spray it when the wind lifts up the edges of your flimsy ‘stencil’ so it creeps under… that’s it…
And this is the anti-climactic result:
blotchy, bleeding edges. Juuuust enough to scare people off your doorstep. Heck, it’s enough to scare me off my own doorstep.
(I tried scrubbing away some of the paint that got under the stencil, but it ended up pulling the rug fibers up, making it go from bad to terrible)
I took out my black exterior Behr paint (in Beluga), and a foam brush, and started dabbing away, filling in all the bald patches. All the paint on my hands is from my previous attempt at scrubbing (read: hiding) my shame… to no avail.
Then, I let it dry. With fingers crossed that it helped in some way.
That’s when my hubby looked at it, and said, “Ayyyyye…. well, I guess it’s okay if it looks bad; shoes and dirt are going to go on it anyway”.
He has a way of making me feel better … well, sorta better. ;)
So, here’s our VERY unglamorous front door before adding the failed rug:
And here it is after… I guess it added a smidgen of curb appeal?? Maybe you can see the improvement if you squint your eyes, or close them completely. ;)
c’mon, pumpkin. You help that sad mat look better…
Well, at least the leaves won’t be coming in anymore… no more ‘new veggies’ for our baby to pick up and try! ;)
One day left before littles dressed up as cute things come knocking for candy!