Saturday, August 3, 2013

"Wrought Iron" Wall Art

 

Isn't this a lovely piece of wrought iron wall art?
I think so too.

What would you say if I told you it wasn't made of iron at all?
What would you say if I told you it was actually rubber?



Yep, I said rubber...a rubber door mat from a discount store!

They come in several different designs, depending where you shop.
I think this one set me back about $7.00.

I actually saw the idea on Pinterest (of course)...
 ... they had painted theirs a lovely shade of turquoise and let the paint crackle.

It was so pretty but it did not fit into the decor of my room...

...maybe someday I'll do another one...it was gorgeous!


I have other decor items in an oil-rubbed bronze finish and that was what I was going for.
It was oh-so-simple since the mat was already black.
All I needed was some copper craft paint and a sponge.

I just lightly dabbed the raised areas of the design and wiped off the excess.


What was left was a coppery sheen around the detail of the design, really setting it off.


Now, how do I hang this puppy up so it doesn't droop? (remember, it's a soft-ish rubber)
I decided the best way was to use several very small tacks...I think I used about 10-12.

I placed them within the design, throughout the area of the mat. Remember, they were tiny.



Can you see them? I didn't think so :)

Then I added these plates and plate racks. I got them at Goodwill :)
Notice the fleur de lis theme?

I love how it looks together.

I do have to admit that the smell of the rubber was a little strong for a while.
I'm pretty sure if you decide to paint the entire thing, this won't be an issue.
Remember, I only added a light sheen to mine.
Just so you know, it doesn't stink anymore :)


Maybe one day, in a different room (or different house) I will have the opportunity to make that pretty turquoise one...
...or maybe a white chippy one...you could even hang several in a grouping.

The possibilities are endless!

Have a fantastic week!






24 comments:

  1. Oh that is so pretty and looks so expensive!! Now I won't be able to look at any doormat the same. I will be thinking "will that look good on my wall"...:)))) Great idea!!

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    1. Lisa...I actually thought maybe you had done this. In one of your blog pics of your kitchen I noticed a semi-circle thing hanging on one of the walls...kind of a muted color, not black. It looked sorta like the curved mat you can get.....oh well...guess I was wrong. It was pretty though!

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  2. I saw this and thought it was an amazing idea - yours looks great! Happy Saturday :-)

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    1. Thank you Vicki!
      Who ever would have thought to hang a rubber mat for wall art? Glad they did...I'm a good copier! Thanks for stopping by!

      Blessings,
      Debby

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  3. Turned out really well. They make such an attractive grouping.

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  4. How clever! I am not known for my *crafty* abilities, so I really admire people who can do creative things like this! Bravo!!

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    1. Well, I guess that's what sharing ideas is all about...I don't think I would have thought of it on my own...Pinterest is pretty awesome :)

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  5. Okay, that idea takes the cake for today!! I was thinking even doing one for outside as the weather would not harm it one bit. Pinterest is like a have all, in one click!
    Blessings, Roxy

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  6. Thank you Roxy!
    Having one hanging on the outside is an awesome idea on a porch maybe or the side of a rustic outbuilding...like I said in my blog, the possibilities are endless!

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  7. It does look like iron, a great idea! Have a great weekend, Laura

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  8. What a lovely piece and I love your plate racks too. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  9. Thanks....and you are welcome!!

    Debby

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  10. Beautiful! I have done 3 of those, one I sprayed with ORB paint, & the other 2 I sprayed in white, then lightly sanded. They look like old rusted pieces.

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  11. Thanks Gayle...the ones you made sound lovely! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment :)

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  12. Such a creative idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...it really does look amazing!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! Have a blessed weekend :)

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  13. This is a BRILLIANT idea, and it's gorgeous with your decor! No one would ever know it wasn't an expensive wrought-iron piece. I'm going to pin it, if I haven't already. Thank you for sharing with Inspired Sunday at Sunday View!

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    1. Thanks so much! I really appreciate you hosting the party! Have a blessed week ahead!

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  14. This is fantastic - beautiful! What an amazing idea! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  15. Thank you, Kathy and thanks for hosting the party! have a blessed weekend!

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  16. I'll be looking for these rubber mats - so many wonderful uses - looks gorgeous on the wall! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  17. Beautiful project! I love the idea something into something completely different than what it is made for! I With this blog you really took our attention to the points that we never thought about. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. I appreciate your work.

    Wrought iron wall art

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