Magazine article Sunset

Colorful Place Mats

Magazine article Sunset

Colorful Place Mats

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Painted vinyl floor tiles make vivid indooroutdoor table mats

Give your table a bright new look with painted place mats made from vinyl squares. Available from hardware and flooring stores, the 12-inch squares accommodate a standard 10-inch dinner plate. The squares are easy to embellish with acrylic paints in colors to match your decor. Once sealed, the place mats are resilient enough for the deck or patio-and pretty enough for indoors.

TIME: About 5 minutes per mat, plus about 10 minutes to dry

COST: About $4 per mat


*Paint roller and pan, or foam brush

* 12-inch-square white vinyl sheets

*Acrylic paints

*Rubber paint comb (available at some paint stores; optional)

*Paper doilies (optional)

* Utility knife

*Package of fine (1/8- or 1/16-inchthick) cork sheeting, available at hardware stores

* Clear varnish


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