Ikea Door Mat Hack Welcome Pineapple Stencil

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Ikea Door Mat Hack Welcome Pineapple Stencil

Welcome to another DIY How to Stencil tutorial from Oak Lane Studio. In this DIY stenciling post, we will show you how to stencil a welcome doormat or rug with patio paint. This is a great IKEA hack project.

For this stenciling project we used our Welcome Pineapple stencil template and black patio paint. You can use almost any stencil template to decorate your doormat, including an initial or monogram stencil template. Scroll down to watch our How to Stencil a Doormat video tutorial. The stenciling tools you will need are listed below.

Supplies for Stenciling a Welcome Doormat:

How to Prepare the Stencil template

The first step is to position the stencil template on the doormat. First, spray the back of the stencil template with Repositionable Spray Adhesive. Do this in a well ventilated place away from the doormat you will stencil, you only want the back of the stencil to be sticky. 

Hold the spray can 6 to 8 inches away from the stencil template and keep your mouth closed while spraying. Wait 30 to 60 seconds after spraying before positioning the stencil template on the doormat. This will give the adhesive time to become tacky. If you position the stencil template immediately you may have trouble removing it later. 

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Once the stencil template is in place, check that it is centered on the rug by measuring the distance between the outer edges of the stencil template and the edges of the doormat. If the stencil template is crooked, or slightly to one side, you can lift it up and reposition it on the rug. 

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Next, press the stencil template firmly into the doormat, making sure that all the stencil design cutouts are lying flat on the doormat. Tape around the stencil template edges with Frog Painter's Tape. This will help keep the stencil template in place while you stencil, and also prevent accidental smudges of paint outside the stencil design. You are now ready to begin stenciling. 

How to Stencil a Doormat

Now it is time to stencil your doormat. 

Stenciling is not the same as painting and a key difference is the amount of paint you use to stencil. Stenciling is done with a dry brush (or roller) using the "Dry Brush Technique". This means that you should only have a minimum amount of paint on your brush when you stencil, so that the brush is almost dry to the touch. If you stencil with too much paint, the excess paint will seep underneath the stencil template and blur the stenciled design, this is called "Paint Bleed". 

We recommend using the "Dot Test" to check that you have the right amount of paint on your brush before stenciling.

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 The Dot Test for Stenciling:

How to check that you have the right amount of paint to stencil with a paint brush.

  1. Swirl your stencil brush in your paint.
  2. Dab and swirl excess paint onto a paper towel. (We recommend holding a roll of paper towels in one hand and dabbing the stencil brush onto the roll).
  3. Make a dot of paint on a scrape piece of paper. Brush the dot with your finger. If the paint smudges you have too much paint. Repeat step 2. If the paint does not smudge, you have a dry brush and are ready to stencil!

Once you have a dry brush you can begin to stencil. Stencil by swirling or stippling paint into the stencil design, brush strokes are not used for stenciling. You may need to hold the stencil template in place with one hand so the design doesn't shift while you are stenciling.

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With stenciling, paint is applied in many thin layers. If at first it seems that very little color is coming through, don't worry, that is normal. Resist the urge to add more paint to your brush until the brush is completely dry. Color will gradually accumulate in many thin layers of paint. 3 to 4 coats of paint is normal, but you may need more depending on the project.

Every now and then, you can lift up the stencil template to see how the color looks. Don't lift off the stencil template complete, just a corner to see the color. When you are satisfied with the color, wait until the paint has dried completely before gently peeling the stencil template and frog tape off of the doormat.

How to Clean the Stencil Template

Our stencil templates are easily washable and reusable!

For this DIY stenciling project, we stenciled with a water-based paint which is exceptionally easy to clean off of stencil templates. To clean the stencil template, first soak it in hot water for five minutes, this will loosen any paint that has dried on the stencil. Then wipe away all the remaining paint with a cloth and store the stencil template for future DIY stenciling projects.

For more information on how to clean stencil templates, visit our FAQ page.

Watch our How to Stencil a Welcome Doormat video tutorial

Give your Ikea door mat a personal touch with Oak Lane Studio's Welcome Pineapple Stencil. This Ikea Hack is the perfect way to turn your basic décor into a thrifty find! For this tutorial you will need a blank coir door mat, Oak Lane Studio's Welcome Pineapple Stencil Template. 

Learn more about how to stencil your home and hand paint beautiful DIY home décor in whatever style you like. Visit our Stenciling Blog, or Video Gallery for how to stencil tutorials and projects tips. Browse our home décor stenciling projects Photo Gallery for ideas and inspiration on how to use stencil templates to decorate your home.

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