Herringbone Doormat Tutorial

Today we have a fall inspired DIY project that we know you’re gonna love!

We take a cheap doormat and instantly glam it up for fall with some tape and paint. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Home depot plain doormat
To get started, you’ll obviously need a plain doormat. We bought ours for a whopping $8 at our local Home Depot, but I’m sure any large retailer would carry these simple slates.
Acrylic paint
You’ll also need painter’s tape, sponge brushes (34 cents at Michael’s), and acrylic paint (3 for $1 @ Michael’s). Overall, the mat & materials totaled less than $14. That’s what we like to call a big league SCORE in our Playbook!
Plain doormat with painter's tape

The first and most difficult part of this doormat makeover is taping the herringbone design onto the mat. But let’s be real here… if us DIY Rookies handled it, we know that you can too!

Start by equally sectioning off the area with pieces of horizontal painter’s tape. Our strips were 14 centimeters apart- just make sure your measurements work for your mat.

Blue painter's tape

Rookie Tip: the tape may not seem to stick perfectly on the mat… that’s normal! Try your best to make sure the tape is secured as much as possible to the mat, but if it doesn’t seem perfect… it’s okay!

Taping diagonally

Then measure across both horizontal tape lines in increments of 3 inches. Lay a new layer of tape, diagonally hitting the three inch mark that is one mark across and one mark down from the initial one. If we haven’t lost you yet… you’re a rock-star.

If we have lost you, just ignore me and let the pictures do the explaining… We’re making this far more complicated than it needs to be. In short: tape diagonal lines across the mat evenly.

Herringbone painter's tape pattern
We then took a razor blade to detach the diagonal tape lines in the middle section of the rug. Once we cut them (in the middle only), we flipped each piece so it was attached to the outside tape lines just in the opposite direction. If you don’t get a clean cut initially, you may have to tear some more tape and attach a fresh piece instead. We promise it gets much easier from here on out…
Dabbing paint
We randomly painted each square with our acrylic paints. We tried to come up with some sort of color pattern, but that ultimately made our brains hurt. So we just figured out the colors as we went.
It’s important that you dab, dab, dab the paint rather than wiping it. Dabbing will ensure that the paint won’t sneak under the painter’s tape and you’ll get fresh, crisp lines.
Painting pattern
After all of the boxes were painted, we waited for the paint to dry and slowly peeled away the tape. Thanks to our precise dabbing, our lines were as crisp as a fresh sunburn after a long day at the beach. Bridget’s extra pale skin knows this story all too well… trust us.
Herringbone pattern tutorial
Ta-daaaa!! Feast your eyes on our festive fall doormat.
Fall Doormat
We love that this simple craft adds some fun fall color, texture, and function to the porch.
painted doormat tutorial
Fall herringbone doormat
Now it’s your turn! We invite you to go create your own festive mat, and show off your style before anyone even walks into your home.fall-herringbone-door-mat-diyBridget and Casey Signature

The Year of Casey

Hey there!

I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.