$2 Perfectly Matchy Matchy Bath Mat Tutorial

April 2, 2013Allison Murray
$2 Perfectly Matchy Matchy Bath Mat Tutorial - style on the cheap!

I am so happy that you’ve joined me today and I’m stoked to be sharing with you this simple and cheap bath mat tutorial!
$2 Perfectly Matchy Matchy Bath Mat Tutorial - style on the cheap!

My bathroom started off life as a really dark pinky beigey yellow I don’t really know what to call it color. It was ugly and it was dark. Now my full bathroom is directly in the middle of the house. Any Okie will tell you this is a good thing if you don’t have a storm shelter (which I don’t) for tornado season. No windows mean no tree limbs flying through your person. And I have just freaked myself out because tornado season is coming up. Ugh.

So I wanted a nice, bright bathroom because no matter how clean the dark room was, it still seemed dirty somehow. First I painted it a yellow Russell loved and picked out. I felt like I was showering in an elementary school. Was it bright? YEAH but in a bad way.

So then I decided that I wanted a nice blue gray color that I had formulated in my head. I went over paint swatches like crazy, bringing them into the bathroom to see how they would react with no natural light (but a whole bunch of light bulbs). It took FOREVER but I finally picked out the color I wanted.

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I went and had it mixed up and brought it home and started painting and noticed it was an obvious mistint and was dark, dark gray. It was also crazy glossy and I had asked for semi-gloss. I went back and showed them the difference and was told that they couldn’t take a mistint back so I went and bought another gallon. This came out country freakin’ blue. Totally irritated, I used the two colors to mix up my own brand of gray and I LOVE it. Long story short, it’s the paint I used for my rug…

Make a bath mat to perfectly match your bathroom for only $2!

For this project you will need:

Make a bath mat to perfectly match your bathroom for only $2!

Take your stencil and spray your adhesive to the wrong side. The front is kind of glossy and the back is far more matte. Allow the adhesive to become tacky, then…

Make a bath mat to perfectly match your bathroom for only $2!

Smack that sucker down on your rug. You have a few good times to pick up and readjust before it isn’t tacky anymore. Make sure you’re happy with the placement and then…

Make a bath mat to perfectly match your bathroom for only $2!

Use your hands to make sure that it is nice and firmly attached to make for nice, clean lines.

Make a bath mat to perfectly match your bathroom for only $2!

Take your sponge brush, dip it in a little paint and hop it up and down covering the free spaces in the stencil. Now this was my first go stenciling a carpet and I was pretty darn nervous and didn’t get enough paint around the edges (was afraid it would bleed under).

In the end I got less than crisp lines. If I would have thought it out I would have said, hey it’s a $2 rug. If it turns out awful it is still usable, I’ll just hide it from guests!

Make a bath mat to perfectly match your bathroom for only $2!

Take your stencil up and re-spray the back with adhesive. Match the shapes up with some of your already painted shapes and stick back down to the rug and continue painting and moving the stencil as necessary.

Make a bath mat to perfectly match your bathroom for only $2!

So there you have it! I used a stencil I have had for ages but slipped behind a bookcase and went AWOL on me plus my PERFECTLY matches my walls and rug cost me only $2! This is a win all around in my book, blurry edges or not! Hoping you have a happy, happy day!


Comments (6)

  • Mary

    April 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Nice job Allison! I stenciled a pattern onto a blind, over-painted and, as you were afraid of, it bled over. It's much more blurry if there's too much paint. You did good and I love the color.

  • Allison Murray

    April 3, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Good to know, Mary! I am glad that i went light in that case. Thanks for the comment :)

  • ashley

    April 3, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Turned out great! I love your pics too :)

  • Allison Murray

    April 4, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Thanks, Ashley :)

  • JennaH

    April 9, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Love it!

  • Kiruthi

    August 8, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    This is brilliant!

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