I recently revamped my laundry/craft room and decided to do two separate postings on the project. Part 1 is the revamp project itself that can be found by clicking here. This posting is Part 2 and is the tutorial for the painted subway sign floor mat that I did for the laundry/craft room.
The inspiration for my painted floor mat came straight from the super creative Sarah from the fabulous blog Sarah Wandering. For weeks, I searched everywhere for a fun and inexpensive rug for my laundry/craft room. I almost gave up until I stumbled across an amazing and gorgeous floor mat painted by Sarah and I was instantly inspired and ran as fast as I could to Home Depot for my mat! Sarah brilliantly turned an interlocking floor mat into a work of art:
Sarah did an amazing job with her free hand painting on her mat. The colors and design are just beautiful and I can’t get over the sheer brilliance of painting on these inexpensive interlocking mats. Oh my, the possibilities are endless!
With Sarah’s inspirational post and instructions, I took the project in a slightly different direction and did not free hand paint, but rather I spray painted foam letters to the mat and then removed them after they dried. Sarah used acrylic paints, which she details her technique in her tutorial here.
The first thing I did was locate the mats that would work for my space. I found these large interlocking floor mats at Home Depot for $16.00, which includes a package of four large squares. My runner ended measuring 6’x 2′.2″ and I used three of the four squares:
Just like Sarah did, I turned my mat over and put the pieces together as a runner (the bottom side is foam and does not have a sealant on it and can accept paint- unlike the top side of the mat). I panicked because the last side of the puzzle piece wouldn’t work as a runner until I switched out two of the side puzzle pieces and the runner finally came together (just play with it and try ALL of the pieces).
Next, I primed the runner with a spray plastic primer in white. I also sprayed the sides. I thoroughly sprayed the runner once with primer:
I then used a yard stick to draw straight lines in pencil for me to place my foam sticker letters for my subway art. I used the EVA block foam letters:
After I placed my foam letters on the mat where I wanted them, my fabulous and beautiful assistant Bella, helped me by using a wallpaper seam roller to roll over the letters to make sure they were completely attached around each letter edge.
Next, I spray painted the mat and letters with an all-purpose matte black spray paint. I sprayed around the runner evenly until I no longer saw the white primer. I was careful to evenly and thinly spray and wait a few minutes not to saturate.
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Next, my assistant helped me remove the letter stickers after letting the mat partially dry for about an hour. Unfortunately, after removing only a couple of letters, my assistant got sidetracked:
This is what the mat looked like after we removed the letters:
I used a Testors Enamel Paint Pen in red to fill in the numbers for a slight touch of red.
This project was so easy and fun to do. I can’t wait to try another mat somewhere else in the house. The next time I think I will attempt to free hand with acrylics like Sarah did. Speaking of which, thank you so much Sarah for your inspiration and sharing this fabulous idea!
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