Unfortunately, I didn't take any before pictures. I know, I know! Bad blogger. No cookie. The mat was once just a plain tan with some autumn leaves sprinkled across it, but after a winter outdoors, it was faded and dirty. A good hosing off helped the second problem, and after a few days to dry, I went to work with spray paint.
The first thing I did was use a color that was similar to the base color I'd chosen to prime the rug. It seems like this sisal rug wanted to soak up paint, and I wasn't able to find more of the lovely peacock blue Valspar outdoor paint I'd chosen, so I used a lighter mint green as a base. This gave me some coverage, without wasting all of the color I really wanted to show. Once the mint green had dried a bit, I sprayed the whole thing with peacock blue.
After a little drying time, I got out one of my Martha Stewart stencils. I used the medallion shaped one in the right lower corner below, and with a little help from plastic and painters tape, I was able to spray paint a tiled pattern in the contrasting color.
With spray paint & this particular stencil, the edges ended up being fairly blurry, but I'm actually okay with that. There's a hint of the detail, and that was enough for me!
Not too shabby for an hour's worth of work (if that!). The most challenging part was making sure I lined up the "tiles," and as you can see, that's not quite perfect. Again, I can live with it. ;)
I can't quite find the colors/type of spray paint I used online, but Tiffany has a great picture of the colors/can on Living Savvy.
This came out so well, I have been looking for a few other cheap sisal mats to redo, but no luck yet!
DIY by Design's Swing into Spring Party
And sort of at Five Days, 5 Ways Feature Friday Free-for-All, because I'm a bonehead and entered my linky submission incorrectly. Argh. I just love embarrassing myself.