DIY Kitchen Mat Re-do

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Hey, hey! How’s your first week of 2015 going? This week has been a busy one, getting Christmas decorations down and trying to reorganize our house and get the new year off to a clean and fresh start! Last week I shared 15 Ways We Decluttered our Life (which you can read all about HERE), and we’ve been working on several of those as well. Organizing is hard work; but totally worth it! So, I took a break for organizing and am sharing a DIY Kitchen Mat Redo I did instead.


EASY DIY! Using Mod Podge, re-do your old gross kitchen mat into something MUCH prettier using Mod Podge and fabric! By Dwelling in Happiness #modpodge #diy #redo #kitchen

Our kitchen mat has been looking a little shabby lately. It’s been spilled on countless times by all of us, and gets a ton of foot traffic all day long. Other than those cosmetic issues, the mat is in pretty good condition so I didn’t want to just get rid of it.

SONY DSCIn hopes of saving a little money, I decided to figure out a way to re-do it and make it new again! I had some fabric I recently got at Joann’s in the clearance bin for a buck or two that I wanted to cover the mat with. I thought awhile about how to go about attaching it, but in the end, I figured Mod Podge would do the trick! I wasn’t quite sure how it’d work, but that’s what we DIYers do; we give it a go and see what happens!

SONY DSCFirst, I laid out the fabric and put the mat upside down and on top of it. I left about an inch or two of fabric on all sides, and cut it to shape.

SONY DSCI ironed the fabric to make sure there would be no wrinkles when I glued it on.

SONY DSCUsing my handy dandy wide foam brush, I painted on the Mod Podge all over the mat. Because the mat is fabric I was a little worried the glue would just soak in, but thankfully it didn’t!

SONY DSCI will warn you, this took a LOT of Mod Podge. My bottle was new, and I used about half of it just for this part! Make sure you get the edges well glued, so the fabric will really stick.

Once the whole mat has a fairly thick layer of glue, lay your fabric on top. smooth it out so there are no air bubbles or wrinkles. You can easily move it around until you have it where and how you want it.

SONY DSCUse more Mod Podge and brush it on all over the top of the fabric, again paying attention to the corners and edges. I even painted the extra inch of fabric I had around the mat as well, for easy cutting later on.

Because there was SO much glue, I let it dry overnight.

SONY DSCOnce my mat and fabric were totally dry the following day, I turned it upside down and used an Xacto knife to carefully cut around the edges.

SONY DSCI flipped it back over, and that was it!

SONY DSCIt looks SO much better in front of my sink! I think I might eventually do another coat of Mod Podge on top for a glossy finish, but I’m quite happy with how well it worked! Because the fabric was so thin you can kind of see the pattern underneath, but only if you look really close.

Here’s a little before and after because, well, they’re just fun. 🙂

Before and AfterI love Mod Podge! The before mat was really hard to wipe clean because of the material, but the new mat will be super easy to just wipe off. Yay for clean!

What have you mod podged lately? Do you like to give things new life or would you rather buy something new?

I hope the rest of the week goes wonderfully for you all!

UPDATE:  I have since given the mat one more coat of Mod Podge, and also a Minwax Polycrylic brush-on sealer to seal the mat and make it waterproof. It’s still holding up great and wipes off easily! 

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    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, friend!! Ha, yes, seriously it took almost the whole bottle!! I still might add another coat, which means the whole project would have taken the whole large container of it. Crazy! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Gennie! Ha, that mat is great, but was just too worn on top! I really wanted to keep it because I love how well the non-stick back works. My mat NEVER moves!! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Natalie!! It was just kind of an experiment that seemed to go pretty well! I might have to mod podge other mats now, too! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Erica! Ha! Well even if people don’t say it, maybe it’s time for a comeback, eh? 🙂 Yeah I wasn’t totally sure what would happen, but so far, so good. I might have to post an update in a few weeks to see how it’s REALLY holding up! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Melanie! It really was pretty easy, and really gave the mat such a better update! And, I got what I wanted for fabric instead of whatever is at the store! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Betsy! Yes, I LOVE mod podge! So many great uses, it’s ridiculous and the possibilities are endless! So far the fabric hasn’t moved at all. I also today did one more thick coat of mod podge and it’s drying, but already it even looks quite sealed! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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