On Sunday, I was perusing Pinterest over a cup of tea and some marmite on toast when I saw a beautiful picture of the word ‘smile’ that had been painted onto a concrete pavement.
Yes it was probably graffiti… but what a way to lift someone’s day?! If I had stumbled upon this little message while walking through town, I would have felt instantly better, as if a total stranger had given me a no holding back smile. With teeth showing and everything.
‘I completely love this idea!’ I said to Mr D-F. ‘Can I paint this on the concrete front step of the finca?’
He gave me a mixed look that took into account my love of whimsical home DIY, while at the same time portraying a sense of how painting it directly onto the concrete might be a little extreme. And permanent.
With his sensible advice in mind, I decided to give our doormat a facelift instead. The DIY SMILE doormat was born!
My first thought was to create a stencil using this great, free, online stencil maker. You can change fonts and lettering to match your mood before printing it out. Unfortunately, we currently have no printer. Hmmm…
So I drew one instead on paper and carefully cut out the lettering with a stanley knife (a craft knife would be so much easier, and safer, but again, as I didn’t have one to hand, I raided the tool box)!
I messaged Mr D-F at work to ask whether he would like gold sprayed lettering (I still think that this would be super cool) or a Farrow and Ball colour that would look a little more sophisticated. He went for the F&B option.
I made sure that I taped the stencil down firmly and put some double sided bits under the vulnerable cut-out sections of the E and M. The mat was put onto the kitchen table and the cat was encouraged to go and enjoy the garden. Knowing my luck, he would have sat on it and ended up with a blue bottom.
Using a stencil technique (I call fierce dabbing – but I’m sure that there is a proper name), I covered all of the areas showing through the stencil. After 3 coats and a careful peel of the stencil it was finished.
Now I get the warm fuzzy feeling whenever I go in and out of the door. Hopefully our visitors will feel it too.
Are there any other tips for making guests feel instantly welcome – other than a big pot of tea and a huge slice of homemade cake? Do you have something lovely in your doorway that cheers you?
Have a great day x