When is the last time you noticed somebody’s mailbox? Have you ever? If you haven’t, you probably haven’t missed much. Up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t really look at mailboxes either. That is, until I decided to give mine a makeover. Now I look at mailboxes all the time!
Most of the mailboxes in my area are pretty standard. A pressure-treated wood post, with either a standard white or black mailbox on top. Oh, and of course, the stick-on numbers. Nothing fancy and they get the job done. But mine wasn’t looking too good. The post had taken on that “lovely” old weathered look and the mailbox was…um, well, just look at it.
Yeah, not a pretty sight. There was some kind of funk on the side that needed to be cleaned off and there was a few patches of rust cropping up here and there. While I could have bought a new mailbox, I decided to take the cheaper route for now. Overall, the post and mailbox were in good shape, minus a few flaws. So instead of spending extra money on a new set up, I spent less than $10 on the stain and spray paint. If you decide to buy some pretty numbers for you post, like I did, you can easily find some on Amazon for a great. price. I bought these. I love, love, love the modern font.
I started by cleaning off the mailbox with a simple solution of an all purpose cleaner and rinsing it off with water.
The stick-on numbers were stuck on, so we decided to leave them. They didn’t really affect the final outcome, so I didn’t mind making my life a little easier.
Meanwhile, Tim got to work on the post. We bought a standard 8 oz. can of stain in Dark Walnut.
It was just the right amount and it improved the look of the post so much. It looks pretty dark in some of these pictures, but that’s mostly because it had just been brushed on. It will lighten some after a little while; I promise it’s not black 🙂
For a clean, simple look, we decided to spray paint the mailbox white in a semigloss finish. And for the flag and closing latch we spray painted those with the same burgundy spray paint that we used on our shutters.
Everything was left outside overnight to dry and cure before it was all reassembled again.
I could not be happier with the final result. It looks like a whole new mailbox and it cost so much less. As for the new numbers? They were the perfect finishing touch.
And feel free to take an epic mailbox shot when you’re done!