Repurposed Door Mat and A Thank you for the “Post with the Most”


Remember my post about the Repurposed Door Mat?  Well it’s now the “Post with the Most” yesterday with tons of hits!  Can you say “what?”  Seriously – Did I read that correctly? TONS!  Well thanks to

Pinterest and a few friends that have spread to word, such a simple idea has returned the blog love and I’m feeling it.   Thank you so much, especially to my followers.  I find so much inspiration and encouragement through all of your daily comments and emails.  It really makes this blog “newbie” very happy and very proud!   And in case you missed it, here is the post:

Repurposed Door Mat

While browsing through my newest crack addiction Pinterest (I’m sorry, I am addicted!) last night. I was looking through some home decor items and came across a Return Air Vent Cover. Not just any ordinary one but this one at
Van Dyke’s Restorers.

Upon further research I was shocked to find out that it can be purchased for a whopping $529!!! Whoa! Get outta here!

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I had a BRILLIANT idea I tell ya – BRILLIANT! I have this door mat already sitting at my front door just waiting for a new life.
I cleaned if off a little with some Armour All tire cleaner.
Here is a Before shot of my Gallery Wall where the Return Air Vent is beautifully displayed right there one the edge of it. Pretty difficult to hide as it is right outside of my guest bathroom! There is also a second one located above all of the pictures as well! Double Trouble!
I just put in two screws and hung up the door mat. So easy!

I may not be Brilliant but feeling a little awesome at the moment.
Nothing like a little bit of instant gratification!!!
I think it looks great! Definitely a LOT more appealing than the white air vent! I love how it took me a total of about 5 minutes to complete this project and cost me a whopping $0 (BAM!-high five from My Love right there, although he will probably think it looks stupid on the wall). That’s okay, that’s why he’s in charge of “making the donuts” a.k.a. $$$, and I am in charge of the home operations!
Now off to go swipe the other door mat at the back door!
Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle

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Update: A few people have commented/questioned if it lets the return air pass through, well of course it does – that’s why it works well!
Hope you enjoyed the recap.
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  1. Kim

    You are a r o c k STAR!!!

  2. Allyson Pecilunas

    Tami, that is AWESOME!! Congrats!

  3. Grammy Goodwill

    I hate those vents! You have the perfect solution.

  4. Debbiedoo’s blogging and blabbing

    This is awesome, and I must try this sometime…genius! I love the look Tami, thanks for sharing.

  5. Aimee –

    Girl, you TOTALLY ROCK! I need to hang with you all the time so some of that brilliancy rubs off on me!!! I'm so excited for you!!! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!!! I LOVED your sweet note! Pinning has more influence than I ever could have imagined!!! Your pin love is SUPER FUN to hear!!!

    XO, Aimee

  6. Aimee –

    PS I'm your newest follower!!!

    XO, Aimee

  7. Katie Franck

    doesn't surprise me……pure genius!!!! BRAVO!

  8. The Polka Dot Closet

    Genius idea! 13,000, I have never had that many hits on a post…You are officially a blog star! Hum, now you are going to have to come up with a fabulous idea for door mats!


  9. By Nela

    He descubierto tu blog y me ha encantado. Desde hoy lo sigo, si lo deseas te invito a conocer mi blog y si es de tu agrado, me gustaría tenerte como seguidora en mi blog para seguir en contacto. Un saludo muy cordial.

  10. Kristin

    Love this idea, really creative. I was wondering if it covering a heating vent, will the mat dry out and crack at some point?

  11. Ashley Perry

    wow! super happy I found your blog! happy to be your newest follower! stopping by from Debbiedoos

  12. Chad and Dana

    Awesome idea! I will do this too! Here's my thought, paint the metal return air vent the same color as your wall and the black "cover" will look even more like artwork. I've painted all mine to make them blend in with the wall anyway and no problems. Have a great day!

  13. Anonymous

    You can paint them with metal spray paint from Lowes and they look just like real metal.

  14. Jennifer

    Have you thought about painting the white air vent to make it blend in with the mat?

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