June 20, 2013

How To | DIY Chevron Floor Mat

I recently found the perfect desk chair {after 3 attempts}!!  It fits with the MCM vibe in the room and it could not be more comfortable to spend countless hours drawing, sourcing, and pinning!  But over the last few months the legs have been wearing the carpet down because the arms just barley fit under the roll out keyboard of the desk.  Now I really can care two cr*ps about this carpet since we will be replacing it with wood... but that could be another 5 years down the road, so I felt like I had to at least protect it for now.

I have fully decided that I am not a rug on rug kind of gal.  I love the look, but for me in the end they just look wrong in my house!  So I decided to pick up a standard office mat.  The thin plastic didn't look too heavy, and it really was functional for this purpose!  But I couldn't just leave it plain clear!!

First I started by removing the silly tab at the top.  I am sure this has a purpose, but it was not working for me!

Then I mapped out my chevron pattern.  I used the 1.5" tape because that was what I had on hand.  I measured vertically every 3" and marked the sides with a dot.  Then row by row I marked off 6" horizontally, alternating 3" in from the side in one row {so 3, 9, 12, etc} and then starting at 6" in one row {so 6, 12, 18, etc}.  

Once the dots are drawn {I drew out the dots one row at a time... it seemed less confusing that way} I took my tape and connected the dots.  Place the tape connecting the dots on either side of the dots.
Then trim the tape along the straight lines of the tape.

Once done spray your pattern.  I taped off and painted the underside of the floor mat.  That way my chair legs will not rub any of the paint off over time.

I always love an item that has form and function!  
And don't you love my desk chair?  Super comfy and a steal from an online flash site for under $200!  Typically they run for about $400!!


Amelia @ House Pretty said...

Great idea! I've always wondered why they don't sell these in cute patterns - offices should be stylish too! Love it :)

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Super idea Tiffany! I love it. Those things are normally so ugly. You really gave it pizzazzzzzzzz.
xo Nancy

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

What a great idea to do and take to your office. It sure would perk up a cubical!

Sheila @sZinteriors said...

This is fab! I have one of those silly plastic mats under my chair, and also my hub's chair - I hate them, but they serve the necessary function. You're idea is super creative!! What kind of spray paint did you use? Now dying to give this a try!!

Courtney said...

Clever, clever!! such a great idea and painting underneath was a touch of genius too...i'd just start taping and not think about that whole wearing off thing until it was too late!
Love your chair too ;-)

Danylle McLain said...

This is such a great idea! I am going to have to try it.