How to Make a Flat Beach Stone Mat

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A beautiful flat beach stone mat brings natural style to your bathroom or entry while providing a nice, tactile surface for feet. Stones are naturally mildew resistant and water drains through the holes in the shelf liner backing, which is also skid resistant. Flat stones allow you to create mosaic patterns while keeping the surface of the mat even--- more even than what can be achieved with rounded river rock. Stone mats are also easy to clean---simply spray with a garden hose and let dry.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 roll of 24-inch wide non-adhesive cushioned shelf liner in a color to match your stones
  • Tape measure
  • Utility scissors
  • Flat beach stones
  • 1 to 3 tubes of exterior-grade silicone
  • Caulk gun
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Spray can of polyurethane
  • Gather flat beach stones from beaches without strong ocean wave action. For example, gather from lakes, the protected waterways of British Columbia, the Puget Sound, and Southeastern Alaska, or protected coves on the coast of Maine. You can also purchase stones at home centers. If collecting stones from nature, make sure that you are not violating any environmental regulations or property rights. To provide a smoother surface for standing, look for stones that are relatively flat. Collect a variety of sizes about 1-4 inches across. You can use smaller stones to fill gaps.

  • Rinse the stones outside with a hose to remove any salt residue, dust or dirt and let dry. If you purchased stones, sort through them and set aside any that are not as flat as you'd like.

  • Use the scissors to cut two pieces of shelf liner the size that you want your mat. Common lengths for bath mats are 30 or 36-inches. Stack one piece on top of the other and lay both on the plastic drop cloth. The silicone will seep through the layers and attach them to each other.

  • Arrange the beach stones on the mat until it is completely covered. If using slate or shale stones, you can chip away corners with a hammer to allow the stones to fit more tightly together.

  • Use the silicone to adhere the stones to the shelf liner. Pick up each stone from the mat, put a dab of silicone on the back, and press it back into place.

  • Let dry for 48 hours. Peel the plastic drop cloth off the back where it may have stuck. Trim any edges of shelf liner that are showing.

  • Spray a coat of polyurethane on the mat if you want the stones to be shiny. Otherwise, leave the stones as is to enjoy the difference in their natural colors while both wet and dry.

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