Therefore I'm really grateful for wood stains!
Here is a easy as can get slat mat. If you do an online search you would find many slat mats with colors and almost all are drilled.
This is so simple it is just right for a beginners project
Step 1: Materials
Sheet of rubber
wooden slats cut to equal lengths ( mine is 20" x 1" x 3/4")
wood stain ( oil or water based)
clear polythene varnish
Step 2: Preparing the wood
Next Prepare the wood.
Preparing the wood is very important as you don't want all your hard work go to waste with termites!
First Sand your slats...
then clean them with a rag cloth and apply a coat of concentrated wood preservative.
My wooden slats were all scrap wood i had around...therefore the thickness of the wood varied...so i sanded the slats with 80 grit glued them to the rubber strips and then sanded them level....i don't own a planer. So i applied the wood preservative after i glued and sanded the slats. If your wood slats are of the same thickness...you could sand and apply wood preservative before you fix it to the rubber strips.