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

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tattoo Mat

This is not an earth shattering project. However, I think it is worthy of a blog post, and could potentially save you a few bucks, and perhaps give you some ideas of your own.
I had this plain bamboo rug tucked away in a closet and I thought I could jazz it up a bit.
I saw a few of these tattoo mats on
I had also seen Miss Mustard seed has a large one in her Dining room that I love!
although, not a bad price of $28.00 for a 2x3, I thought I would make my own, basically for free, because I already had the mat, stencil, and paint (stencil paint) on hand.
This is an inspiration mat
The plain BEFORE

Paint still wet! I am such a patient person NOT!

I chose to write Est. 2006, as that was the year we bought our home here in South Carolina.

So if you have a bamboo rug, and you want to jazz up...GO for it, it was fun!
There are so many stencils out there to choose from.  I just used what I already had. This, I am considering my first practice one.  I learned it is not that easy to stencil on bamboo. I may use a small roller next time instead of a stencil brush....It kind of is blotchy in spots.
This mat is in the front of our bedroom patio door..I do go in and out of that door often. This will hopefully catch the muck I bring in sometimes.



Blogger Pam Kessler said...

Debbie, that is so cool! I'll have to check out why they are called tattoo mats now.

May 16, 2011 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Olive said...

It turned out so pretty in Turquoise! I have two large rugs like these at the old house that could use some help but you know I only paint every other odd full moon right?

May 16, 2011 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love it Debbie! Love the design and colors!

May 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

Good question Pam, I have no clue why??

May 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Junky Vagabond said...

Love, love, luv! I actually have one of these mats that was about to be it's about to be painted :) Thanks for the inspiration!

May 16, 2011 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks great, Debbie. Very good idea.

May 16, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger SugarFoot Designs said...

I have never seen this! Thanks for sharing, what kind of paint did you use?
Very cool!

May 16, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

LOVE this idea!

May 16, 2011 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh My Gosh Debbie Sweetie...
These are so darn cute. I love the crown and I especially love the blue on the second one. How cute this would be with our last night and est. for the front door mat. I am going back to Ross and pick up one I saw there. Now that I know what to do with it. So darn cute my friend.

Thank you for the beautiful share. Have a great week. I love seeing your latest. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

May 16, 2011 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I love this ! We need a new mat and I can't find any I like that are not expensive, I will keep my eye open for a bamboo mat and go to work!

May 16, 2011 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Great job! I love Ms. Mustard Seed's as well. It really is such a great idea :) Thanks for sharing!

Fancy Frugal Life

May 16, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Debbie your gooood!! Love it! Martina

May 16, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a great idea...I can just see one with a beachy theme, maybe some seashells! I need new rugs! I would love to try this! Hugs! ♥

May 16, 2011 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

WEll, I'll just bet that was a pain in the butt to stencil. I think they are tattoo mats because they do look kind of like easy tattoos~ Nice job! xxoo Diana

May 16, 2011 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

What a cool way to jazz it up! I love it.

May 16, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Debbie, I had no idea that you lived in South Carolina. So do I! Wouldn't it be cool if bloggers from our state got together? Love your mat!

May 16, 2011 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Bobbi said...

Oh very cute mat. I love stenciling. Haven't done much in awhile, thought I might do some stenciling on my daughter's cabinet, but didn't fit the style. Thanks for the inspiration.

May 16, 2011 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow,, they have those mays everywhere and what a good idea,,

May 16, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...


I'm going to look for the bamboo mat. I want one by my front door. I love the damask stenciling you did. It’s so pretty! Thanks for the idea.


May 16, 2011 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Love it!!!

May 16, 2011 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

This is so cool, Debbie! I want to do one!
I'd love one with a shell tatoo....
Thank you for sharing this.

May 16, 2011 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

I don't know your son's names, I thought one was Mat and he got a tattoo. Oh, I thought, this will be a good post! Glad it was a bamboo Mat!


May 16, 2011 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Deb that is sooo cool! Just love it and I might just try this one myself!

May 16, 2011 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Terriea Kwong said...

Love the way turned it out, pretty and cool. We've lots of bamboo mat here. Will go for it. You're inspiring !

May 16, 2011 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love this idea, Debbie! It turned out really the paint color, too!

May 16, 2011 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What a great idea, Debbie! And I love the price tag! :)

May 17, 2011 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Such a cute idea! I love how you put "Est. 2006"

May 17, 2011 at 2:42 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Looks great & it's a clever idea to boot!

May 17, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Wonderful idea, I wondered where the date was coming from.

May 17, 2011 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Love this Debbie!!! You are so awesome at seeing something and using that lovely noggin of yours to spin it to make it your own! Love it lady! Fab job:)

May 17, 2011 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Great idea, it looks really cute and if you want something different you can "tattoo" the other side!

May 17, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger The Tuscan Home said...

What a darling idea, Debbie, the mat turned out beautifully! XOXO ~Liz

May 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a great idea! I love the colors you used.

May 17, 2011 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger cheeky rose said...

You certainly know how to make the most of things. What an improvement.

May 17, 2011 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger linda said...

i love this idea i gave Angela one of these a long while ago she will have to see what you did to make it pretty.And they are made of bambo wood so easy to wipe cleani love this :)

May 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEAH!...another great inspiring idea!
You are sooo creative my friend!
Love it,too cool!!


May 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Michelle @ The Lazy Novice SAHM said...

Love it! I especially love that you included the year, such a sweet touch!

May 17, 2011 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady. I love this also Debbie You are so good with all the new Ideas!! I hope you are having a Great day with your lovely family.

May 17, 2011 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Looks awesome Debbie!! I love this idea!

May 17, 2011 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

I saw your comment over @ Wannabe Decorator about Pureology. I wrote a post about it a while back and have fine, thin hair. I love every Pureology product that I've tried.

May 17, 2011 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

I love it Debbie! :-)

May 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

Very cool and very Debbie!

May 17, 2011 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Becca Bertotti said...

Too cool, Debbie !! What a fabulous idea ... might have to consider a "tattoo" myself. :)

May 17, 2011 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Love the idea! I've never heard of a "tattoo" rug before. Will need to check into this. thanks for sharing :D

May 17, 2011 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

Love this! I think it will work on the fabric mats too...the stiffer ones. Gonna try it and see. Thanks for sharing!

May 17, 2011 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Great idea Debbie. I love how it turned out; would make a great wall hanging as well. This is my kind of "tatoo"; no pain. Thanks for sharing. Peggy

May 17, 2011 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

You're so creative! This is just as cute as can be ~ :-)


May 17, 2011 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Thanks for linking this to my party, Debbie.

May 17, 2011 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I love this, looks so good! Love the turquoise too! XO, Pinky

May 17, 2011 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

G'eve Debbie ~ Just wrote you an email ... Love this mat idea. Now this is something that simple little me could do! TY for sharing.

Have a beautiful eve ~

May 17, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

What a great idea! I have a bamboo mat that could use some sprucing up. Thanks for the inspiration.

May 18, 2011 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Cute idea! Definitely worth a blog post!

May 18, 2011 at 6:38 PM  

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