Painting A Kitchen Mat

Adding some fun to your floors is as easy as painting a kitchen mat!

I bought a kitchen mat on clearance for $3. It didn’t match my decor and it started looking really dingy very fast, but I had big plans for this little mat that would solve both of these problems!

I wanted to come up with a fun, geometrical pattern, but I needed something with straight lines (Quatrefoil wasn’t going to work) and I didn’t want to do Chevron since I had just done a Chevron project for my boy’s room (tutorial for that coming soon!)

So I actually found this idea on a notebook and just recreated it myself simply by eyeballing it. I’ve heard this called a “Greek Key Design”, but mine isn’t quite as symmetrical, so I don’t know if this is the right name for it.

Here is the step-by-step process:

  1. Paint the entire area a base color you love- I chose Evening Stroll from Valspar. Let this is dry completely
  2. I cut thePainter’s Tape in half to get the thickness I needed. Painter’s tape comes in a variety of widths, so if you are purchasing some for this project, you can probably avoid this step. I was using the tape I had on hand, so I needed to make some adjustments.
  3. Tape off your design. When your design is taped down, run your fingers along it to make sure there is a good seal around the edges. This will help avoid any bleeding underneath the tape when you paint it.
  4. Paint the entire surface over your design and let it dry completely. You may want to do a couple coats of this to ensure nice, bold lines of color. My picture looks like I chose a white, but it is actually a buttercream yellow and it looks great!

Once your paint has dried, take off the painters tape and admire your work!

I put together a short video of the process- click HERE to view it.paint a kitchen mat

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Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. It turned out great! I love the Greek key design! 

  2. So fun! I love that size of rug for a project like this. Totally manageable!

  3. I’m curious what kind of mat you used?

  4. What a great project! I just love how it turned out!!

  5. Love your floor mat and the non-traditional pattern you created!

  6. Discovered you from Pinterest and I LOVE this DIY idea! Did you use anything to seal the mat so the paint doesn’t crack or flake? My kitchen mats take a beating, and I’m worried that when I vacuum or shake this mat it will hurt the paint?

    • Hi Mindy, thanks for visiting from Pinterest! I didn’t seal it, though maybe I should. I have been using it for 2 months now and there isnt any cracking yet, but sealing it is probably a good idea!

  7. Exactly what type of rug did you use for this project? Fiber?

  8. lisa noone says:

    If you pull the blue tape off….how is the finished results have blue on it?? The end result would be grey and white. The picture also looks like it is softened. What am I missing??

  9. Wow! the taping must have taken forever but the look is fantastic!