Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Chevron Painted Kitchen Mat

This project has been on my to-do list for a long time! I spotted this Ziggy Mat in the June/July issue of HGTV Magazine but I couldn't dish out $40 on a kitchen mat. I decided to take the not-so-cute foam kitchen mat that I already had and paint it to look like the Ziggy.

I planned for this project to be one of my first in my 31 Days Project and then tried to hurry and finish in time for the latest Pinterest Challenge- which neither happened in time. Now, it has sat finished for a couple of weeks before I got around to blogging about it!

To start, I took the kitchen mat we already had and added a layer of primer.

By looking at my inspiration and guestimating how wide each stripe was, I marked each line and then taped off every other one.

I then marked off each of the diagonal lines every three inches or so.

I used craft acrylic paints from Hobby Lobby in many colors. I started to match the colors to that of the original mat but ended up choosing some that I liked more.

The tape kept my vertical lines crisp and straight, but to avoid the time of taping off every other diagonal section, I free-handed those edges.


After peeling up the tape, I connected the diagonal lines to create the chevron pattern.

I taped off the edges again and then started painting the second set of stripes. I had a few touch ups to make at the end but overall the Frog Tape worked well! To finish, I added a couple of thin coats of wipe-on poly. This just protects the craft paint from any spill or dirt that may get on the mat. I have had a few spills and drips to clean up and I am happy to report they wiped off easily with a damp paper towel!

This mat adds a great pop of color to my otherwise tan kitchen! I absolutely love it!! It took quite a bit of time but I'm so glad I did it! Using the mat and paints I already had at home, I would say this mat is a steal of a deal compared to the $40 competitor!!


  1. This is awesome! So bright and colorful and cheerful! :)

  2. Wow! Go girl! What a cool project. It looks like it would take some patience, but your effort was worth it. :)

  3. I have 2 mats that I had planned to replace but you've inspired me to paint them! How has the paint held up to use?

    1. It has held up well considering it is just craft paint. I have cleaned up a few spills and dirty spots with a damp paper towel. I do have a large dog and I noticed a few little scratches from his nails. I feel like touch ups will be easy enough and I may do a thicker coat of poly. I have no idea of that will help against the dog scratches but shoes haven't bothered it at all!

      Please let me know how yours turn out! I would love to see them!

  4. This is sooooooo good!! I'm going to do something similar, thanks for the inspiration :)

  5. Beautiful! I would love to try this technique for a large piece of wall art. Thank you for the tutorial1

  6. Wow! This looks awesome! I love it and would definitely want to frame it and not walk on it lol. I really want to make one for our kitchen now though! So pretty!

  7. I cannot even begin to imagine how much time and patience your mat took, but it looks amazing. Very cheery, which I love in a kitchen.


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