DIY Wooden Doormat

by Erika Woelfel

This DIY wooden door mat instantly adds color and charm to your front porch or entry way.  It’s a simple project to create and a great way to experiment with some fun new paint colors or use up some of your leftover paint!


  • 1 x2 wooden garden stakes.  To create a 21 x 27.5 inch door mat, you will need 15 pieces measuring 21 inches and 3 pieces for the base measuring 27.5 inches.  NOTE: Your base pieces may need to be slightly shorter or longer depending on how much space you want to leave between the slats.  When in doubt, leave it a bit longer – it can always be trimmed down towards the end!
  • Electric sander or sanding block
  • Behr Marquee Interior Paint in Strawberry Wine MQ4-2, Balboa MQ4-55, and River Veil MQ3-50
  • 1 inch wood screws
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Framing Square


  • Using a miter saw (or a miter box and hand saw), cut the garden stakes down to the appropriate size.  If you don’t have access to a saw, most home supply stores will cut the wood down for you so don’t be afraid to ask!
  • Sand down the wood pieces until smooth.  A few of the stakes were a little beaten up so just check to make sure you have at least one good edge.
  • Paint the front and sides of your garden stakes.  To save time, I didn’t paint the bottom of the pieces since you won’t actually see this part.
  • Line your slats up on the ground with the top side facing down.  Run one of the longer base pieces along one end of the slats and one along the other end of the slats.  NOTE: I attached the middle base piece on at the end of the project, so you can leave this off to the side for now.
  • When you are attaching the slats, make sure you spend some extra time lining up the first few pieces. {I used a framing square for the first piece}.  Once the first pieces are set, it is easy to keep the others lined up. I chose to attach the slats to the base pieces using 1 inch wood screws.  I did get some splitting however, so I would recommend pre-drilling the holes before screwing or using nails.
  • Find something to use as a spacer between your slats so you are consistent. I left approximately half an inch between slats.
  • Once you have attached the top and bottom base pieces, screw on the middle piece for extra support.

And there you have it – your very own wooden door mat!  To put your own spin on things, try different paint combinations as the seasons change or add some hand painted lettering over top.  There’s no limit to what you can create!

Colorfully yours,

-Jennifer Lifford, Clean and Scentsible


Jenn is a Behr DIY Expert who shares her love for organizing, decorating, and celebrating the everyday on her blog Clean and Scentsible.

One response to “DIY Wooden Doormat”

  1. Jenn says:

    Thanks so much for having me! 🙂

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