One of the many projects on my Pinterest list was this front door mat. I absolutely love the nautical look and how it can withstand the elements (since here in NY we get a little of everything). So I headed off to the HD to purchase the needed supplies.
I was able to pick up the wood in the fencing department for just .85 cents a piece and the gentleman helping me was kind enough to cut them in half. I purchased quarter-inch-thick manila rope, cheap paint brush and 2 quarts of Behr Semi-Transparent Weather Proofing wood stain.
The first step was lining up my boards and sanding them down...
It's hard to see but this stain protects against sun, snow, frost, rain, wind and other elements...
Unfortunately I didn't get a picture threading the manila rope through the holes.
Side Note: when threading the rope through the holes it helps to wrap the end with duct tape to keep it from fraying. Thread a good amount of rope through the first piece to ensure you will have enough to knot in between each piece. After threading rope through the hole, make a knot. Continue this process until each side is complete.
I love how my mat turned out, although I would like if it were a little longer (just an excuse to make another one in the fall :)). I love how the blue plays off of the siding on our rental home and who doesn't love a pair of Wellies to go along with it!