How to Stencil a Doormat with Milk Paint
Let’s talk doormats for a second. You always spot them in stores and think to yourself “hot damn this is cute” and then walk on by. No more! With an IKEA doormat, and a stencil from Muddaritaville (they make a bunch for doormats), you can have the cheekiest front door on the block.
What you need to stencil a doormat with Milk Paint
You'll need a doormat, We used the IKEA TRAMPA, a stencil, we like the ones from Muddaritaville, a brush or sponge, our Staalmeester brushes would do the job, painters tape, to hold the stencil in place and Homestead House Milk Paint.
Choosing a stencil
Start by picking the doormat stencil and size that correspond. I bought the larger of the doormats, so I needed the bigger sized stencil. I chose “the neighbours have better stuff,” I thought it would be fun.
How to stencil a doormat
Like with all stencils, you want to follow the instructions from the manufacturer and Muddaritaville recommends using stencil adhesive or tape to secure the stencil in place, but since this is a bristle doormat I just used painter’s tape.
Mixing Milk Paint
When it comes to milk paint, you’re mixing 1 part milk paint powder and 1 part water. To do this doormat with 2 coats of paint I did a batch with 2tbsp of powder. Instead of using a roller, I used a 1” bristle brush that I could better manoeuvre to contour the letters of the stencil, and dab the paint in.
How to Stencil
To avoid bleed from the paint, I used the brush to contour the outline of the letters before filling them in with bigger strokes and dabs.
When the first coat was complete, the rug was dry enough to start the second. I love when that happens!
Once everything was dry, I removed the stencil and did any necessary touch-ups to the lettering, although it didn’t require many.
I really liked how cleanly the stencil came out, and would definitely recommend using her stencils on doormat projects since the letters are big enough that they’re easy to fill.
DIY Stencilled Doormat
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