There are a lot of different positive and negative aspects to renting. On one hand, you have the opportunity to concentrate on collecting (and creating) furniture you love, but on the other hand, it’s difficult to make the bigger changes that bring all your carefully chosen pieces together. As much as I love my apartment, if I had my way with it, I’d make some big renovations. The first thing on the list would be the floors. I’ve always wanted beautifully light, nordic flooring covered in colorful or textured rugs, creating peaks of interest. Unfortunately, instead of that I’m left with a beige carpet running throughout which just has no personality at all. I’m not letting this stop me from decorating my floors, though, starting with this coiled rope doormat. —Fran
-Glue gun sticks
1. Using a hot glue gun, seal the end of the rope so that it doesn’t fray. Leave the glue to cool before starting the next step, or you’re going to get some bad burns!
2. Begin to coil the rope. Don’t worry about glueing it in place for now. Create a small coil of around two circles. Now take the glue gun and pipe adhesive onto the outer ring. Holding the coil on the opposite side, bring the rope around over the glue. Again, be really careful not to touch the glue. I’m speaking from experience. It hurts!
3. Repeat these steps using the glue gun to adhere small sections around the coil. You don’t need to glue all of the rope together, but if you would prefer to, you’ll need a lot of glue sticks. Just dotting glue an inch or two apart will keep the coil in place.
4. For this project you want to make coils of all different sizes to fit together, so don’t worry about getting accurate measurements. Just stop when you’re happy with this first one, cut off the excess rope, and glue the end secure. Also, go back and squeeze a little glue into the center to keep it in place.
5. Keep making more and more coils in a range of sizes.
6. Place the individual mats in different layouts until you find the perfect order. You want the coils to be as close together as possible, leaving small gaps in between. Use the glue gun to adhere them together where the coils touch.
You now have the option of leaving the mat raw and rustic or adding some detailing. I’ve chosen to brighten mine up with a little white paint.
7. Section off the area you want to paint with masking tape and dab paint onto the exposed rope. Alternatively you can paint each coil different colors or section off different areas from each coil to give a geometric look.
Now just leave to dry! If your mat is going to get some heavy wear, it’s a good idea to give the rope a coat or two of a waterproof spray to protect the surface and keep it from getting too worn down and dirty.