making a floor cloth using a stencil of the pattern I have in mind. And then the internet gods smiled upon me and I stumbled upon this how-to for a stenciled seagrass rug!
I was all set to settle on a floor cloth but, as this is going in my entryway, I was really hoping for a rug. When I happened upon this DIY seagrass rug at a blog I had never visited before I was delighted! The rug pictured took Dana at House*Tweaking less than forty five minutes and cost less than $6 (not including the price of the rug). Part of the cost cutting was that Dana went super-DIY and reused a frame (which was already a reuse from a broken mirror) as the stencil for her rug. After tracing the frame in a pattern on her rug, Dana filled in with Minwax walnut stain. While she chose to use one coat for a lighter, more subtle pattern, you could do multiple coats for a darker effect. I don't know what I'm more excited about - finding this great how-to for transforming an inexpensive rug or discovering a new design blog. Images: House*Tweaking