Outdoor Foot Washing Station

by Merissa on August 18, 2014

in Frugal Decor

Foot Washing Station - Little House Living

Outdoor Foot Washing Station

I can't tell you how many times I said early on this summer....I need something to wash my feet! You see, when I come in the house from the garden I have to walk through the mudroom, through the dining room, and around to the bathroom with dirty feet to wash them off. I needed to be able to wash them off outside before I head in.

This little "rug" solves the problem of getting clean feet before I come in the house. The water and the dirt can slip through the cracks so my feet get clean and dry before I head back inside. I just keep the rug right by the door and I can head right in after my feet are cleaned. It also works well for little feet (or just little people in general!), especially those that love a good mud puddle. πŸ™‚

This washing station is easy to make and very inexpensive! Just a few dollars for wood and if you have leftover house paint you are in business! Let's make one!

Outdoor Foot Washing Station

What You Need:

  • Outdoor Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Heavy Duty Thin Rope (I used clothesline rope)
  • Masking Tape
  • 1"x2" Boards (3 8 foot boards)

Foot Washing Station

Start by cutting the boards into 12 pieces of the same length. My hubby cut these for me using a chop saw. We cut these 16 inches long.

Foot Washing Station

Line all the boards up on their sides and make marks at the 3 inch, the 8 inch, and the 13th inch marks. This will be for the hole placements.

Foot Washing Station

Drill holes at the marks in the sides of the boards with a drill and bit. You will need to make sure you use a drill bit that is able to make a hole large enough to put your rope through, so make sure you check it before you drill all the holes. Drill 3 holes in each board.

Foot Washing Station

Using an exterior or outdoor paint, paint each of the boards in the colors desired. You'll want to make sure to use water based (not oil based) paints, otherwise they will take a really long time to dry. You can use leftover exterior house paints or you can check the clearance section of your local hardware store paint department. That fancy maroon metallic paint up there was $25 per quart! I found this color in a slightly damaged can for just $1. It's worth checking!

Foot Washing Station

Paint all the boards. You can paint them different colors, all the same, or any combo of patterns you want! Let the pieces dry.

Foot Washing Station

Grab your rope and cut 3 long pieces. Tie a knot in the end of each piece and wrap some of the masking tape around the other end of each piece. That will make it easier to get the rope through each hole in the boards. Pull the rope through each board and tie a knot after each board.

Foot Washing Station

Continue this until you string all of the boards together and tie another knot at the end. Repeat for the 2nd and 3rd sets of holes until you've tied the entire mat together.

Foot Washing Station

Now it's ready to use! Step up on the board and use a hose to wash off your feet! Like my tans lines? Cute huh? πŸ™‚ The little feet next to mine have found another mud puddle, but at least we have our pretty washing station to get them clean before we walk into the house!

Even if you don't really need a foot washing station, this mat makes a fun little rug in front of a door or a great place to set shoes that need to dry.

Ready for another project? These Mason jar Bird Feeders are fun and easy!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Becky August 18, 2014 at 10:17 am

I read your post in a “reader” that didn’t show me your pictures, and was utterly confused. Why are we washing feet? Now I see.

My little piece of the prairie is covered in THISTLES so I never go past the mowed yard without boots on.

Love your website. πŸ™‚



2 Erica Brooks August 18, 2014 at 11:39 am

This is an awesome project. I could use one of these for when we come in from the backyard after playing. It has a xylophone feel to it making it fun for the kids too.


3 Samantha @ Florassippi Girl August 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm

What a cute project! Pinning! Thanks for sharing! :o)


4 Meredith Wouters August 23, 2014 at 9:06 am

This is so cute and useful. I have a couple of mud puddle lovers myself! And it would be great to put outside our camper when we go camping. Pinning and adding this one to my list.


5 Belinda August 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Another great idea (I’ve just popped over from the salt scrub post). I reckon this would be great outside out tents when we go camping. Off to add it to my gift ideas list!!


6 LZ Cathcart August 29, 2014 at 5:36 am

I have been trying to figure out a way to “easily” wash my two year olds feet before she gets in the house from playing outdoors. This is a stylish, but super effective design. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚


7 Merissa August 29, 2014 at 7:44 am

It’s always a struggle isn’t it? I hope it works well for you!


8 Raia August 29, 2014 at 9:56 am

Great idea, Merissa! So cute too. πŸ˜‰ I think I definitely need one of these outside my backdoor… Thanks so much for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays, I’m going to feature it this weekend!


9 Merissa August 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

Thank you so much for the feature Raia!


10 Create With Joy August 31, 2014 at 1:33 pm


What a unique an attractive DIY project you’ve creatived – I just love it!
Congratulations – you are one of my Featured Guests at this week’s Inspire Me Monday Party #139 at Create With Joy! πŸ™‚


11 Merissa August 31, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Thanks for the feature!


12 Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage September 1, 2014 at 8:43 am

Oh, if I would ever actually get to doing this project!


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