I’ve been giddy about this board – finally excited to show it off to you!! Voila – my Plywood Rug:
I have two rolling chairs in my craft room – I roll from one spot to another, etc. But with the carpet, I try to roll to scoot up my chair to sew, and it’d catch and I’d dump myself half-out. I needed a rolling surface – so I looked into those floor chair mat things – you know, they’re clear and have spikes on the bottom, etc. Well I wanted 2 for the large area I needed to cover, and they were cheapest at $30, so I’d be in $60. Seemed excessive for a craft room. I was telling Trevor how I wish I knew someone who wanted to give me a floor mat – and he mentioned why not make a board. One idea lead to another, and now I have my Plywood Rug – love it! – Cost $20 for the board – score!!
–Here’s how to make a plywood rug – or a plywood mat for under chairs – or whatever you want to call it – - buy a 4x8ft board (this one was a nice board – you could get a cheaper one – but this one was smooth – I don’t know what it was – underlayment?) – then I stained it for some added color:
–then stencil – deciding where they go is the hardest part! (FYI, I got my stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils and also used it in my kitchen HERE)
–to protect the paint I sprayed it with clear. Then I brushed on a coat of polyurethane from a can – gave it an extra shine.
–That’s it – enjoy!! Here’s an aerial view:
Now, if I just even think about scooting over, I fly so fast, whizzing around my board – it’s great!
UPDATE Feb 2014: I have had this almost 3 years, and it looks just the same as when I first made it – the paint hasn’t chipped, the board hasn’t cracked or broken – - it is a winner of a project for sure!!
So ditch those expensive ugly plastic mats and make yourself your own awesome custom plywood rug mat – you’ll love it!!