The other day I came upon the above image and tutorial link on Pinterest and immediately knew I HAD to have one. At first I thought it would be easy enough to just buy a mat and paint it myself, but when I looked up how much it would cost to buy a wooden slatted floor mat, $$$, building one from scratch became more attractive. The instructions seemed pretty simple so this weekend my sister, mom and I started working on making 3.
As I joked to my dad, the tutorial was online, but I must not have read it too closely because I missed the first few steps where it must have read “listen to your mom and sister bicker at Lowe’s” and “Rearrange your brother’s garage to access the table saw.” All the same, the three of us put together a pretty decent assembly line.
We cut down 18 large pieces of 2×2, but only had enough daylight and strength to finish the first mat. Here is a picture of me and my sister proudly standing on our first creation. As much as I love the colors in the first one, I think I’ve decided that what I’m going to do is go with a simple stain, and then when I want to change it up, I can paint it a color and then maybe later, paint it a different way.