Matt the Mat!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Sunday! Happy Easter! Happy Spring! So much to be happy about today! My mom is safely moved into her new house, the sun is shining outside, the cats are napping, and the Add a Dash of Style to Your Kitchen Series is ending today!

When I started this series, I didn't know how much fun I would have putting it together! In fact, my post on how to clean your dishwasher has become the most popular post on my blog, with over 2,000 views! Wowza!! Thank you to all of you who found my blog through the series!

Today, I am wrapping up the series with my DIY kitchen mat tutorial!

I found the idea from Pinterest and was able to personalize it for my taste, needs, and colors.

What you need:
Plastic kitchen mat (I bought a cushioned one from Kohls);
Craft acrylic paint in base color and highlight color;
Paint brush;
Spray sealer

What to do:
First step is to wipe down and prime the kitchen mat. Mine took three coats of primer. Then you need to paint the mat the base color you want. I used white as my base to match the rest of my kitchen. Then you need to decide on your design. You can do something geometric, a fruit or vegetable, words, abstract, anything that comes to mind. Once your design is painted on and dried, spray with a clear sealer.

Tip: As I don't have a vinyl letter cutter (like a Silhouette or Cricut) I free-handed my wording. I ended up using a Q-tip and not a paint brush to paint my design on. You can try a few techniques to find what works best for you.

Even Ricky got in on the painting... but he didn't like it...


~Here is a wrap up of all of the projects in the

Thanks for following along during the Add a Dash of Style to Your Kitchen Series!

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  1. I love this idea!! It came out so cute!!

    Take Care,
    Mandy Jean

  2. Love the mat! It looks great with your other decor.

  3. Love the simpleness of your design! Never would of thought of making/painting my own mat, but it's a great idea!

  4. What a fun idea for a mat! And love those framed pictures - so cute!

  5. This is the perfect touch in your kitchen! Really cute and it looks just as nice as the machine cute lettering.

  6. That is so cool!!!! Loved it!!!


  7. What a fun idea ~ and it matches so nicely!
    I'm visiting you today from Sugar Bee. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Medicine Cabinet Makeover

  8. I love the mat! It would make a great housewarming gift! I never thought of painting a mat before.

    I would love for you to share this tip and other posts in your series at my Fabulously Frugal Thursday linky this week!

  9. I really love this mat idea! I could use one in my kitchen. Thank you for sharing!

    I'd love for you to check out our pattern party! Those with free patterns and templates to share are invited to link up.

  10. Okay!!! So you've got your Adorable printables and now this Stinking cute floor matt.. LOVE it!! I would love for you to share this as well at

  11. Hi Julia,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know you did so. Have a great rest of your week!

  12. Ohh I love this! I have been trying to find the perfect mat for the kitchen and have had no luck so far..this is my answer! I have pinned it and I am your newest follower. I came across your link on the Crafty Blog Stalker Blog Hop :)

    Justina @

  13. Wow, what a cute blog! I love all the kitchen wall art especially. :)

    Happy day!


  14. I love, love, LOVE your kitchen!! Red & white kitchens are my favorite - they always look so happy cheery!

    Definitely pinning the way cute mat! I'm excited to make one of my own soon!

  15. I love the mat! I also like pet dishes!

  16. Such a great project! I love the little details in the kitchen, especially the towels.

  17. what a fun idea!! going to follow you.. i like your style :)

  18. Love this idea and the great series of adding a dash of style to your kitchen!

  19. So cute! I love the touch of red. I have red in my kitchen too! I think I might be stealing some of your ideas. :0)

    Our Simply Create Link party is going on right now. I would love to have you link up, as I'm sure my followers would like to see what you created too. Hope to see you soon!


  20. So cute! Love how it goes with the kitchen just perfectly. Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.

  21. Fun to see all these details of your kitchen!!! Awesome!!!Thanks for linking up at Give Me The Goods Monday! Features will be posted Sunday!!!
    Amy @

  22. Cool mat! I also like those pet dishes!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  23. So many great projects!!! I love the bright red and white!

  24. Just wanted to let you know you have been featured! Stop on over and grab a feature button... Our second party is up and going, can't wait to see what you have to share this week :)


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