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DIY wooden door mat

PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RESENE

Make this simple wooden door mat for your home or bach using your favourite Resene paint colours to keep sand outside where it belongs! Watch the video and see our instructions below.

You will need:

  • Treated timber 24mm x 24mm x 5400mm
  • Circular saw, jigsaw or similar
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Power drill and large drill bit
  • Sanding block
  • Clean, dry rag
  • Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer
  • Resene Lumbersider or Resene Lustacryl tinted to your choice of colour – we used Resene Merino
  • Resene testpot in your choice of colour – we used Resene Norwester
  • Mini roller and sleeves
  • Resene testpot brush
  • Painter’s masking tape
  • Two XXmm lengths of braided rope/string/twine (approx. 70mm in diameter)

Step 1 Cut your timber into eight to ten matching lengths. Ours were 540mm long.

Step 2 Use a ruler or measuring tape to mark 80mm from the end of each piece of timber on both sides.

Step 3 Drill a large hole (approx. 80mm in diameter) at each of your pencil marks.

Step 4 Using your sanding block, sand down all faces of your timber until smooth then wipe pieces down with a clean, dry rag to remove any dust.

Step 5 Prime your timber in one to two coats of Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer and allow to dry.

Step 6 Paint your timber in two coats of Resene Lumbersider or Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel tinted to your choice of colour – we used Resene Merino. Allow your first coat of paint to dry fully before applying the second.

Step 7 Push your painted timber together so that all pieces are square then use high quality painter’s masking tape – available at Resene ColorShops – to mask out your design. We decided to make a simple triangle, but you could make stripes, geometric patterns, or any other design you wish.

Step 8 Paint your masked areas in two coats using a Resene testpot in one or more colours of your choice – we used Resene Norwester. Allow your first coat of paint to dry fully before applying the second. Remove your masking tape once your second coat has dried to the touch.

Step 9 Thread one of your lengths of rope through each of the holes along one side of your timber pieces, knotting in between as you go. Repeat on the other side with your second length of rope. Cut off any excess rope from the ends.

project and styling by Sarah Heeringa

video by Ben Whorwood

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