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Dog Place Mat

Keep your pet's feeding area neat and clean with this easy to make faux bois place mat.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show


  • Primed canvas

  • Board

  • Staple gun

  • Paint, for base and for the faux bois design

  • Paintbrush

  • Glazing liquid

  • Wood graining tools

  • Clear, semigloss polyacrylic finish

  • Rotary cutter


  1. Cut a 18-by-24-inch piece of primed canvas. Place it, primed-side down, over a board cut to a slightly smaller size. Fasten it to the board with a staple gun. Turn over the board, and paint it with two coats of base paint. Allow to dry.

  2. For faux bois, mix equal parts of paint and glazing liquid. On the canvas side, apply a thin coat of the mixed paint. Using a wood graining tool, start at the short end of the canvas and drag the tool through the paint, along the entire length with a slight rocking motion. Repeat. Clean off the tool with a damp rag after each pass. Continue in this manner, overlapping slightly, until the whole canvas is has a wood-grained appearance. If you make an error, use your paintbrush to "erase" the design and do it again. Allow to dry for at least two hours.

  3. Apply two coats of finish, and allow to dry. Trim the edges with a rotary cutter.

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