Well, in case you were wondering, not all of my projects are successful. Ha! Far from it. Of course, I don’t always post my foibles here on HMM, but they do happen. In fact, this latest flop made me wonder, what percentage of my ideas don’t work out? I’m thinking I have about a 15-20% fail rate.
Anyway, I thought I’d share this with you because I had such high hopes for it, and I’m not sure where I went wrong. Did you see our welcome mat in Tuesday’s post?
Looks OK in this pic, right? Well, that’s because it was only a few days old. Now, a few weeks later, it looks like this:
See, I had this old outdoor rug from Target in our garage, and I thought I could repurpose it as a welcome mat.
I’ve seen so many cute outdoor mats and even carpets that folks have painted that I thought it’d be no problem to paint this one. So I taped off the border of the rug and sprayed it with navy Rustoleum paint. So far so good.
I probably should’ve stopped there because the stenciled “Welcome” I wanted would’ve looked great on the sisal, and I could’ve stuck with my comfortable and beloved blue and green. But noooooo….I had to try painting more of the mat with a fun citron color offered by Valspar. Nope. It wouldn’t cover the sisal at all. (Rustoleum truly is the superior brand when it comes to spray paint, in my opinion.)
So, I thought I’d go off the grid and try purple, because…well, why not? I use purple and pink flowers a lot, and that could work. I liked it OK. Then, when I stenciled the “Welcome” on (which worked beautifully!), I kinda really liked it. Sprayed my pots citron, added the floral door hanging, and voila. Something different for me, but it worked.
Then. This happened.
So, here’s my question: I used outdoor paint. The mat has no nap, so the paint sprayed on perfectly fine. The mat itself is intended for outdoor use…so why isn’t it lasting? Any advice you have would be great!
Now, I will say that the stenciled “Welcome” still looks great. Here’s how I did that:
So there you have it. My welcome mat. Sigh.