I combined a bunch of them together to get a mat that jived a little better with my personal style. Without further ado, my "Reversible 2x2 Wooden Slat Doormat". How's that for a title?!
It took a bit of time...maybe 4-5 hours total? Maybe not even that long. But it was a super satisfying, fairly simple, & fun project to tackle!
First thing's first...prep:
So, in came the old sander. (I started with a sanding block, but for the sake of every muscle in my arm, I quickly turned to my electric palm sander - much easier!)
Then I wiped another layer of stain right over the paint. (You can see the finished slats on the left, the un-stained slats on the right.)
Took it outside & sprayed a clear sealing coat on all sides of each slat. It took a little while if you count dry time, but I kept randomly coming back to it over the course of an afternoon to rotate & spray each side.
Look how brown our grass still is...the snow literally JUST melted.
After the clear coat had cured, I brought the slats inside to tie together. I measured out two lengths of rope that were each 2.5x (75ish inches) the overall width of the slats (30ish inches) to make sure to leave enough extra length for the knots between each slat as they use a lot more rope length that going straight from end to end would. (Hopefully that makes sense?)
I also taped of the end of each piece of rope so it slid through the holes easier & didn't unravel at all as I went down each row. I'm smart like that. :)
Then I strung the rope through, & tied knots between each slat so they didn't butt up against each other. Everyone needs their personal space.
Random strange thought: Let me just take a minute to ponder why, if we are supposedly evolved from apes, did we not keep their handy dandy grabby feet? I'm serious...if we indeed evolved into superior beings like a lot of folks believe, would we not have kept our "ancestors'" best qualities?! How often could you use another
Case in point...if I had a monkey foot it would have been a whole lot easier holding the slats while pulling knots tight...just saying!
After my hands were raw & tired from tying 40ish knots, I was left with this beaut! Isn't she purty?! I'm so glad I sanded her down. I only wish I was aging as nicely...
Oh! And now for the reversible part...in case you're in a "natural" mood... I feel like it could be really cool in a bathroom. You know, if you sealed it with some Spar finish or something?
Also, be sure to check out what Emily, Katie, & Sherry did!
It's time to share your projects!