By the way, we totally won the Renu Challenge room makeover contest with our home office/art studio makeover! We get $500 to spend in the Leviton store, but we haven't decided what to buy just yet. My nerdy electrical/audio obsessed husband is super excited about this prize and is carefully considering what he wants to purchase with our prize money.
Instead of doing a stencil like the previous version, I just took a paintbrush and used acrylic paint to paint "grateful" freehand on my plain door mat from Ikea. Of course it's the perfect word for the fall season, but it's a very special word for me all year round. I guess you could call it my mantra; I try to remind myself to be grateful for my blessings whenever I am feeling down.
Every time I shower, I use my finger to write "grateful" in the condensation of the glass shower door; that's how often I think about this particular word! I always write it in the same spot and with the exact same handwriting, so I tried to imitate that as closely as possible when I painted this mat. So as simple as this rug looks, it is very personal to me – which is exactly what I wanted in this room that is "my" space. Every item in this room is tailored to me and my personality, even down to the door mat.
I never thought I would talk about my showering habits on this blog, but you just never know where this thing is going to go...
You can catch a glimpse of the original painted mat in this picture from the office makeover, but the plain white paint didn't seem finished. It was hard to get a straight edge with the texture of the rug and my paintbrush, so I wanted to figure out a way to make my handpainted work look more polished.
My solution? Only the greatest crafting invention of all time: puffy paint! I found some neon pink puffy paint in my stash (which was actually the only puffy paint I own; quite a travesty) and used it to outline the word. So much better! I love how the hot pink paint gives it a pop of color and a smidge more personality, too.
This is such a simple project, and it's really affordable. You could customize your welcome mat for all the seasons and holidays or even just paint your family monogram or favorite word. I love the possibilities!
This is just a small part of the fall decorating happening around here. I'll be back soon with a full "fall home tour" like I did last year. I love decorating for my favorite season!