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Diy, thrifty home decor decorating ideas on a budget. Painting furniture, stenciling projects. Turning trash to treasure.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Repurposed door mat

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing a repurposed door mat  diy project. 
 My friend Tami  from curb alert  originally posted about it here.

The girl is pure genius for coming up with this solution.  
I have since found other upcycled door mat projects!
People are spray painting them white and using them as art work on their walls, in all shapes and sizes.
    First off, do you know what this is?

Van dykes Restorers
{retail value $500.00}

This is a vent cover.  A lot of us have  the ugly white vents on our walls. They certainly are not the most attractive looking.  In fact, they can be an eye sore.

First let me show you what Tami did with hers...

She took her door mat and simply placed it over the much better right?

So I had to run right out and copy this idea....

Of course, I had to spray paint mine first.  This metallic copper was the perfect choice!

Ugly no more!
We just nailed  two small nails on top to hang the mat.
Cost of the mat, $13.00, spray paint $5.00.

Pretty awesome!
Thanks Tami for this wonderful idea and for sharing.

ENJOY the newbie party everyone.


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Blogger Sarah said...

Debbie, thank you so much for hosting! My 6 months has run out and I won't post at your newbie party anymore. :( I love your blog and link parties and I promise to email you back soon...I appreciate ALL of your help and feedback!!!!


January 29, 2012 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a great idea. That is the perfect color for you home.

January 29, 2012 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Susanne Tyree said...

Hi Debbie. You mentioned watermarking photos and is there a program for this?
Susanne :)

January 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Reba and Eldarose, sisters, friends and co-bloggers said...

I have been wanting to do this project from pinterest, too. Yours came out great and spray painting the mat is BRILLIANT!


January 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Clever. I just painted ours the wall color, but this look so much more decorative. Hugs, Marty

January 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Wow! I've never seen that done before. That looks like a perfect fit too. Cute idea.

January 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That looks great Deb! What a great idea.

January 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

Pure genius! Thanks for introducing this idea to us, I am SO shamelessly copying it! lol


January 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Grammy Goodwill said...

I love Tami's idea and want to find a mat to cover my vent. Thanks for hosting the Newbie party.

January 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger STARDUST said...

Debbie it turned out great! Now this little thing is a statement! Clever idea Tami!

January 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

What a great (grate!;>) idea! lol In a couple of the old houses I lived in they were put way up high on the wall. Just about at picture level- UGH- This is a wonderful solution. xo Diana

January 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Becca Bertotti said...

Great idea, Debbie! It looks awesome, and I'll definitely have to remember that idea, too! Thanks for sharing.

January 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Tami Michel said...

Debbie, Wow thanks so much for the mention and yours turned out FABULOUS! I wanted to add that the VanDyke's cover costs over a whopping $500! - and yours looks so much more like an antique iron grate. Good job :) I love it!
Looking forward to another week of your newbie party!
~ Tami @ Curb Alert

January 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger ~Mary said...

This is a great idea. It looks great in your home as well. Thanks for hosting!

January 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Shannon Fox said...

Love the color you picked. Works out perfectly for your home. That is a great idea. I don't have any large vents like that, or I would copy-cat it ;) LOL

January 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Angie at Postcards from the Ridge said...

Great idea for a return air cover. I'm linking up for the first time with my post on a faux painted floor. Thank you for doing this party for us newbies. Angie at Postcards from the Ridge.

January 29, 2012 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Eclectically Vintage said...

Great idea - I have a huge vent on my third floor and have been trying to think of a way to cover it. Thanks for letting me link up again today.

January 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Maria Elena said...

Debbie, it looks wonderful!
I love the metallic paint color you used.
Tami, always has awesome ideas. She and I go way back and she has always been so good a decorating and craft projects. You both did an awesome job! Thank you so much for hosting this party!

January 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

Wait.. is that a mat or vent cover? I love it whatever it is! That color is perfect!

January 29, 2012 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Great idea! I've thought about using them for wall decs, but not to cover vents, looks great. Thanks for hosting the party. :)

January 29, 2012 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

Very clever, Debbie! I love it!


January 29, 2012 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

That looks so great! Adds beautiful architectural detail to the room, too!

January 29, 2012 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger bj said...

That mat trick is really pretty. Great job.

January 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for hosting!! I just got started on my blog about a month ago and so I am excited to find a newbie party to join! Thanks for hosting!

January 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Formerly known as Frau said...

Love it....and I also love your stenciling on your stairs! Awesome !

January 29, 2012 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger reFresh reStyle said...

love the mat, may have to copy cat! Looks like some great stuff at the party :)

January 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Janette - The2Seasons said...

What a great idea. I love it when you can turn and negative into a positive.

January 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Awesome idea! Love the color

January 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

I saw this on Pinterest too and loved it. I was at Khol's today and the sort had something like it!
You sure scored on this one:)


January 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

What a fabulous idea, whether you use it to cover a vent or as wall art! Yours looks great next to your staircase!

January 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a great idea!!! I LOVE THIS !!!
I also love the NEWBIE party!!

January 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie! What a great idea and it looks so good! Hope your weekend was good!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

January 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Katherines Corner said...

brilliant!!! xo

January 29, 2012 at 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea for a troublesome thing to hide. My wheels are turning thinking of other areas that this idea could be used in. Thanks for sharing your decorating secrets with us. I appreciate you hosting the link party each week, especially as a new blogger. God Bless, Wanda

January 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

What a clever and easy way to cover a vent! Thanks for hosting.

January 29, 2012 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Looks great! Much better than the white vents. Thanks for hosting!

January 29, 2012 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

I loooove this idea Debbie! In fact, I just saw it on Pinterest yesterday except the girl painted it white, distressed it and hung it on the seriously looks like wrought iron! Great idea:)

January 29, 2012 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger afistfullofweeds* said...

Hi Debbie, I linked up my deerhead. I will never get more than 77 followers if I dont get my bloggy butt in gear! Thanks! Rhonda Love the mat idea!!

January 29, 2012 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Jen Lossing, Artistic Abode Designs said...

Love love love the idea of the door mat a/c grate! What a wonderful idea! Thanks for hosting!

January 29, 2012 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

Debbie, I've linked up again. You're so gracious to host this party for us newbies!

January 30, 2012 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

GENIUS!! I don't even have a vent like that! There are so many amazing ideas out in blog land i love it when one comes around like this!!
If you get a minute, anytime, i would love to know how you like your wooded stars! I am considering taking the nasty carpet off my stairs and either repainting or staining. Are they noisy, slippery hard to clean you know that kind of stuff!!
Thanks for such an inspiring blog! Keep up the good work!

January 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the vent covers! and thanks for the watermark reminder, moving forward I will incluce this on everything!

January 30, 2012 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Debbie,
It looks fabulous!!! I did that years ago with mine and even used them for the smaller ones where the air comes out--they look so dressy.

Thank you so much for being part of Women: Blogging Can Give You Wings!!!

January 30, 2012 at 2:18 AM  
Blogger Veronica said...

Hi Debbie! This is my last link up to the newby party as I am graduating today! Sadly! But I will be back to visit often!
Thank you for having me and your lovely comments on my blog!

Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

January 30, 2012 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger Veronica said...

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January 30, 2012 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I love your vent cover! I have always spray painted mine, but this is so much prettier! I also love that you are hosting a place for newbies (started in January) and love that you are sharing blog tips! Thank you so much!

January 30, 2012 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a great idea, it looks so pretty now!!

January 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Thank you for hosting. :o)

I think I am going to try this to cover up the intake vent in the man cave. It looks great.

Have a great week.

January 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Thank you so much for hosting, and for the sweet comment about my gallery wall. I'm stopping back by to let you know I have your button proudly displayed on my Let's Party page where I share with everyone where I party during the week!
Thanks again and have a great week!

January 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Debbie you're correct, it looks lovely over the vent. I also saw where someone used it on their gallery wall. Thinking of doing the same. Thanks for sharing.

January 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Looks great Debbie! Saw this on Pinterest and it is so creative! Just love it!

January 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice color Debbie. I've seen this, but usually with white or black.

January 30, 2012 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Well this is the cutest idea! and what really caught my eye is the stenciling on your stairs - so pretty!

January 30, 2012 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Tess Maxey said...

What a Smarty Marty you are!! I love the stenciling on those steps too. Love your home!

January 30, 2012 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

What a great idea! Love the color you used...perfect. Thanks for sharing.


January 30, 2012 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm not a newbie but I just had to comment on the great idea covering the cold air exchange. It looks so good and I was thinking if you painted the white grate the same colour as your wall and then add the scroll piece it would help it fade away even more. I painted one in our basement tv area the same colour as the wall, but now I think I need to find a nice scroll piece like yours.

January 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Liesl said...

What a great idea and I just love a fleur-de-lis for classic design and decorating accents! Hope you had a lovely weekend, Debbie!

Liesl :)

January 30, 2012 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Loy said...

Great, great idea. Thanks for hosting another newbie party. I am inching my way toward graduation, but have a ways to go yet. Today I brought Slow Cooked Ranch Pork Roast, and I even got it right this week. I am off to see what some other newbie bloggers are up to.

January 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger said...

Thanks for creating this idea. I am a new follower.

Cath @ Home is Where my Heart is:

January 30, 2012 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Roeshel said...

Genius! I love it, Debbie!

January 31, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

Ah-haaa!!! Great very cute and clever :) Laurel

January 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Rob Hunt said...

Thanks for hosting. The bronzed door mat looks like a vintage floor grate.

January 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM  

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