Easiest DIY Project Ever! — Faux Iron Grate from Rubber Mat

by Katy on March 10, 2012 · 10 comments

I bought this rubber mat at a garage sale last summer. I forget what I paid, but it couldn't have been more than $2. Sadly, it's a functional useless item, so I replaced it last fall.


But then I saw this DIY project on Pinterest. Yo, even I can do that!


So I set aside the *five minutes* necessary for this project and sprayed some of my leftover chrome lamp paint over the mat. I chose to not sand away the paint, as I'm pretty sure the paint will wear off naturally in time.


A couple of hooks from the front porch was all it took at hang my new "metal grate." I highly doubt anyone will ever guess the origins of my schwanky outdoor decor.


Thank you, Pinterest! And now I just need to flank the "iron grate" with a little something-something. (Sorry about the clothesline hangers, but that just how I hang. Nyuk, nyuk.) BTW, do you see that stone to the left? It's shaped exactly like the state of Oregon.

Thank you to the blog Salvage Dior for the inspiration!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Katy March 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm

BTW, I have a latex allergy, so there’s just no way I would ever hang this indoors.



Kelli March 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

Love it–I have been looking for metal grates for a while but haven’t found any at the thrift stores….and I won’t buy new……this is my answer!!!!


Katy March 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

And it *really* looks like real metal! Plus, because it weighs next to nothing, installation is a snap.



BrokeElizabeth March 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

This looks like a super easy project with great results… awesome job!


Practical Parsimony March 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Why was it useless? It did not do the job? Often I see these and really want one, but would never buy it new. Good job. Great idea!


Katy March 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm

It neither removed dirt nor moisture from shoes. Hence, it was useless.



Barb @ 1SentenceDiary March 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

Ah, I was wondering what that meant, too, “functional useless item.” Thanks for the explanation.


Barb @ 1SentenceDiary March 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

PS: It looks AWESOME.


Laura's Last Ditch--Adventures in Thrift Land March 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

THAT is creative! Once again, Katy with a can of spray paint amazes!


Emily March 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

That really does look like a metal grate! Spray paint never ceases to amaze me.

~em at small girl, big world

PS I think the clothes hangers really do add a nice touch 😉


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