A doormat

Do you have a problem with tiny feet tracking dirt and mud onto your clean dollhouse floors? I'm not talking about the cat.....that's a small attempt at humor. OK, a very small attempt.

The last time I bought non slip matting to put under my real size runners and area rugs, I was immediately reminded of a rubber welcome mat.

I've seen it in white and brown. Maybe it's available in black somewhere, but I haven't seen them.
So to turn it into a doormat, I had to cut a piece and paint it.
I used black acrylic craft paint to do it, painting one side and letting it dry, then flipping it over to paint the other side. When that was dry I painted any little white bits that were left. One word, though, if you bend the mat, the black paint might crack or flake off.
This does make a great looking rubber doormat at a cost of 0 money, as long as you happen to have some of the matting around the house. I've also recently seen small squares of the same non slip product being sold in bundles, to put under the corners of rugs, for as little as 99 cents, and also as a roll of shelf matting for kitchen cabinets. The shelf matting came in white or brown. It was also very inexpensive.

Too bad it didn't come in black. You'll just have to paint your own doormat.
Since publishing this, I've heard from several people that they've seen the matting sold in black. Too bad I haven't seen black ones in my area.


  1. Great idea! I've been looking at some blue shelf liner I have and wondering what I could do with it... a door mat maybe?! Thanks! :)

  2. How creative is that!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. wow...i was trying to come up with ideas for a doormat out of stuff i have at home and this is a great idea. instead of painting it and having the paint flake off, how about coloring it with a black permanent marker like a Sharpie? I'm guessing the ink will soak in so it won't flake? Thanks for the great idea!

  4. Wow, what a great idea!!!! Again this is something I would have never thought about....Thanks for sharing with us!!!

  5. Fantastic! I have a mat that is a smidge too large for the rug, so I'll just trim tht little bugger off and have at it. Very, very clever idea. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a grand idea! I have a piece of that matting which is just a smidge too large for the rug at the foot of the stairs, so I'll trim the little bugger and have at it. Thanks for sharing.


  7. Charlene in CanberraJuly 2, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    I can get that stuff in black in Australia...actually in every colour of the rainbow.

  8. I've got an award for you over on my blog.
    mini hugs

  9. WOW, this is very creative! I would've never thought of doing this!
    Michelle in NH

  10. Wow! I am going to try making a doormat first thing in the morning! I love the Sharpie idea to make it black. Y'all rock!

  11. I too love the mat idea. I also make baskets using the shelf liners. If you need to you can put a toothpast cap or a cap of any kind the size you want your basket to be and cover with the liner.

    I make hangin baskets for plants and flowers as well as baby accessory baskets for the bathroom , I make trash cans, hampers, table top covering such as in the center, or for the dining room chairs to spice them up a bit etc...

    I make bathroom rugs and placemats. Frames for photos or wall art.

    You can even make roll up shades with the liners. I also make shades by adding lace and ribbon to the liners.

    There are many things i've made and have forgotten to take pics of before giving them away or swapping them with someone and I wish I hadn't forgotten so now I try to take pics before they leave my house.

    I don't think I have pics of these but you can see some of my trash to treasures in my TTT album if you like and I also have aa mini group where you are all more than welcome to come join us if you like as well.


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