The latest craze in home improvement projects lately has been "upcycling." It's the process of taking an ordinary or discarded object and repurposing it in a new way to make it much more valuable. You can find these type of projects all over the Internet and we love to share our favorites with you. Want to get some use out of your old light bulbs? Or turn bottle caps into decorative candles? Then upcycling should become your newest hobby.
Today's upcycling project is all about doormats; it seems odd, but these ordinary rubber mats are actually incredibly versatile. They can be used for so much more than just lying in front of a door for years at a time. In fact, doormats can spruce up everything from your garden to your bedroom, and, most importantly, save you a bunch of money along the way.
We've put together a list of our favorite doormat upcycling projects to give you some ideas. You can see more detailed instructions for each item by clicking on the link found below the image.
Decorative Wall Art
If you paint a rubber doormat in a color that accents your interior, it ends up being an artistic and unique decoration.
Garden Stepping Stones
This one takes a bit of time, but if you're up for the challenge, you can create stepping stones using your doormat as a mold. They are perfect if you're looking to add a bit of flair to your front yard.
A Flower Chest
This idea utilizes both a doormat and an old filing cabinet. You're not storing papers in there anymore, so might as well put it to good use.
Air Vent Cover
Do you have an unsightly air vent in a wall that you want to cover up? Placing a doormat over the vent tastefully covers up the eyesore while still allowing air to flow through.
A One-of-a-Kind Headboard
Fuse a few doormats together to create an epic headboard that will let you sleep in style.
A Wall Buffer
Keep shoe marks and scratches from appearing on your walls by placing doormats in areas where these problems might occur.
Hopefully, these ideas can help get you started on an idea of your own. If you decide to make something using an old doormat, make sure to let us know how it goes!