Wednesday, December 4, 2013

DIY Christmas Series / DIY Floor Mat / Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs is a DIY Rockstar. For real. I love stalking through her blog and seeing everything she has come up with... and if you aren't reading her blog you really should be.

Hi A Creative Day Friends! I'm Sarah and I blog at Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. I'm so honored and excited to be here today sharing a DIY Christmas idea!

A month or so ago, a large Ash tree had started dying and needed to be cut down at David's parent's house. So while we were there over Thanksgiving, we took full advantage! We're planning a few projects, but first up is a simple DIY floor mat. Here's how we did it.

Materials:

Round branches in varying widths
Chop Saw / Table Saw or Jig Saw
Luanne or thin plywood
Trim
Wood Glue

First David cut a few sections off of the tree with the chain saw.
We cut 1/2" sections, setting up a jig so that we didn't have to measure every time.
Measured and cut the base with the jigsaw. The table saw would have been better, but use what you have, right? :)
We cut the frame out of a 1x2 section of poplar wood.
After spray painting the wood black (to help the background blend in) we glued the frame.
and stapled the back.
We laid the wood out and glued it in place with wood glue.
To protect it from weathering, also apply a few thin coats of polyurethane.

I've found wood glue to be fairly sturdy, but if any of the sections come loose, it would be easy to re attach.

This would also look great hung on the wall! I'd love to see three hung together over a fireplace or down a hallway. The possibilities are endless!

Feel free to stop by my blog and say hi, I'd love to hear from you! Thanks so much for having me today Eileen!!

18 comments:

  1. Sarah, you have rocked it again. I love how rustic and beautiful it is at the same time. And Eileen, I'm loving your blog. New follower!

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  2. Everything you guys do is perfect Sarah!

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  3. This is super cool! And would fit year-round. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a cool idea! It gives a great log cabin type of feel!

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  5. this is unbelievably cool. amazing idea!

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  6. Such a great project, Sarah! You guys are so creative and talented!! :)

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  7. Thats freaking amazing!! I love that because it can work for people like me that have an apartment and not a house. I did a super lazy DIY with the wood log fabric from IKEA but I like this idea. I want to try it!

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  8. That is such an amazing idea! Love it

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  9. Yes, Sarah is a DIY genius. She's done it again, love this!

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  10. gorgeous. and it's just going to look better and better as it gets stepped on and ages, as opposed to most other doormat options. so clever!

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  11. This is so original! I would love to have this as a door mat, or hung up as art.

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  12. Just found your blog through Cassie's blog--primitive and proper and I absolutely LOVE this project! Planning on using this idea for my home! Thank you!

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  13. I love Sarah's ideas, she's so talented!

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  14. This is great! I like your ideal :-)

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  15. Nice Blog !! Love your Ideas. :)

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  16. This is actually a wicked cool idea. I'm always looking for reasons to use my Chainsaw, and I noticed David has a Stihl (good man). Did you ever think to put a stain on the wood cuts? I'd be curious to see how it looked.

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