Faux Iron Mirror from Rubber Door Mat

Faux Iron Mirror from repurposed rubber door mat

This is a fun and easy way to create a faux iron mirror from a humble, but pretty with potential, repurposed dollar store rubber door mat.

black rubber door mat with decorative scroll design

I found this rubber door mat at a dollar store a while back… a couple of years ago actually.

I think it’s a pretty universal pattern, so if it’s not at your local dollar store you’ll probably be able to source it somewhere else.

I’ve always been attracted to curlicues and scroll work, so when I saw this I had to bring it home. I just knew that someday it would get a new repurposed life.

And today’s that day.

Drybrushing the rubber door mat

adding white paint to brushand then dabbing off on paper towel to dry brush rubber door mat

To give this rubber door mat an easy makeover I decided to give it the dry brush treatment. All I needed was an old brush, and some white paint.

After you lightly dip your brush into the paint, you just dab it off on some paper towel or newspaper. Whatever you have on hand, to remove the excess paint.

dry brushing black rubber door mat with white paint

Then you lightly brush the surface until you’re happy with the way it looks.

There is no wrong here, it’s just about what you like.

getting into the crevices of scrollwork on black rubber door mat

The reason to use an old brush you don’t care about is because you have to get into all those nooks and crannies, and this can wreck a good brush.

This does take a while, but the end result is so worth it.

black rubber door mat dry brushed with white paint

The dry brushing really pulls out all the lovely details of the door mat, which you couldn’t really see when it was black.

I already think it looks one hundred times better, and you could hang it just like this as a piece of faux iron decorative wall art.

But I wanted to add a little something extra.

Adding faux mirror magic to rubber door mat

faux mirror silver foil sheets

I had these two faux foil mirror sheets in my craft stash, and I thought this was a perfect project for them.

applying first faux mirror foil sheet to back of rubber door mat with black tape

All I had to do was tape them onto the back of the door mat. I did this using gorilla tape.

I only wanted the faux mirror to be in the middle area, so I placed the first faux mirror sheet in place.

So that the the overlap of where the two sheets wouldn’t be visible from the front, I cut the first sheet into shape.

Then I taped it in place.

both mirror foil sheets adhered to back of rubber door mat with black tape

Then I added the second foil sheet and taped that into place.

top of dry brushed rubber door mat with mirror sheets attached the back

And here’s what my faux iron mirror looks like after the foil sheets were attached.

It’s laying on my craft desk here, and you can see my hot pink craft room ceiling reflected in the mirror.

Hanging the faux iron mirror

close up of faux iron mirror from door mat scrollwork

And here I am taking a picture of it in the guest room. It’s not too heavy so it’s hanging from two small finishing nails. I hung it vertically because that’s what the space needed, but it could be hung horizontally as well.

The faux mirror does reflect the light in the room… in an antique speckled mirror and fun house mirror combo kind of way.

Works for me. lol.

Faux iron mirror from repurposed rubber door mat

You could add the foil sheets to cover the whole back if you want to.

black rubber door mat repurposed into a faux iron mirror

But I like the way the wall color comes through to frame the mirror section.

Supplies needed for faux iron mirror project

  • Rubber door mat with scrollwork pattern
  • white paint
  • old paint brush
  • faux mirror foil sheets

repurposed rubber door mat into faux iron mirror

This faux iron mirror project is an easy way to add a piece of decorative wall art to your space.

You could dry brush the door mat with any color you love. I chose white because it’s hanging in my aqua guest room.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.

Easy DIY Faux Iron Mirror from repurposed rubber door mat

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Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Tuula, this is incredible!!!! Can’t imagine how you thought of it……but I have learned that’s how your brain works!!! Pinned to my “Door Mats Revisited!!” folder. Can’t wait to try this one!!!! Yep, another winner!

      1. Hey, girl! You won’t believe this! Within a week after I saw this post, my daughter gave me a doormat very similar to yours!! It’s still in the back of my car where it fits perfectly because it’s half-circle shaped! I’m waiting till I see the perfect spot for it!!!

  2. Wow Tuula, what a clever idea for a rubber doormat. It’s really pretty! Pinned 🙂

  3. Debra Hubbs says:

    Wow you’d never know what that originated as. So clever.