I have had a hard time waiting to share this re-do with you – I have been so excited about it! I am a firm believer in spray paint and that it can practically re-do anything BUT this project has amazed even me!
Remember my mailbox dilemma post from last week?
Yes, this was the sad state of my mailbox. I showed you a couple different options such as painting the post white and leaving the mailbox black, or staining the post and painting the mailbox white. A lot of you suggested staining the post and painting the mailbox white (which was what I was starting to lean towards.) Then a few of you also suggested somehow tying in the color of our house with the color of the mailbox.
So here is what I did! Remember this is our starting point.
When I got up closer to the pole, I realized how bad it really was. The wood was mildewed and gross! But I was determined to work with what I had and not buy a new post.
And the mailbox itself was pretty sad too – very faded and starting to rust around the hinges. BUT spray paint works magic, so I was willing to give it a try!
First I removed the mailbox from the pole and removed the old faded address numbers from the pole.
Then I gave the whole pole a quick sanding with my power sander. Already looking better! Much of the green was gone and the wood was actually starting to look like wood.
Then I applied a quick coat of stain/weather protectant sealant (the same stain and color I used on my front porch re-do that I posted last week.)
Looking even better!
Tip: when staining old wood – use a cheap foam brush you can toss when you are done. The rough wood tore my brush all up.
While the post was drying, I started working on the mailbox, the flag, the trim pieces holding the flag on, and the latches.
I was amazed how easy these pieces popped off the mailbox. They had this nifty little clip that you just popped down and off.
I painted the flag with some red spray paint I had and the trim pieces with some black gloss paint I had.
I gave the mailbox 2 light coats of white primer and then 2-3 light coats of white satin spray paint.
Here’s the other trim pieces sprayed black – they look like new! By the way, I know sometimes people wonder how much spray paint projects like this take. I had already used the red spray paint to paint the red lanterns on my Valentine mantel and there is still probably 1/2 a can left after this project, and I probably used 1/2 a can or less of white primer and white spray paint and this was a bigger project than normal. So one can of spray paint can last you quite a while and do quite a few projects.
I waited for the mailbox and pieces to dry and then put it all back together.
Then I screwed the mailbox back onto the pole.
Can you even believe that this is the SAME mailbox and the SAME pole??
I think I stared at it in disbelief for a while. Like I said, I know that paint can do WONDERS, but honestly I didn’t even believe that it would turn out this good.
It looks like a brand new mailbox and the pole doesn’t look that bad either!
Here is the before and after just so you can see the change! I LOVE how the flag is bright red and just pops against the white box.
And here is a shot with our house in the background. I think the reddish tint in the pole and the red in the flag tie in with the burgundy in the shutters while the white matches the house and trim pretty well! And I am glad I didn’t go with a black box again since that just really seems to look out of place up against our house. What do you think?
Once again, here is before:
And here is after:
Yes, I LOVE me some spray paint!
I still need to add our house numbers back onto the pole or the mailbox. I am thinking about trying to make some with some black vinyl using my friends Cricut but we shall see. If not, I will get a much nicer version of numbers from Home Depot or Lowe’s and screw them onto the pole. Especially since this whole little makeover has cost my ZERO, zilch, nothing so far!
By the way, just in case you think I am some sort of super-woman and spray paint mailboxes, shop yard sales each week, plant flowers, prepare gourmet meals for my husband, keep a perfect house, AND blog about it all – let me just confess something. I. don’t. and I probably never. will.
If I am posting projects like this, more than likely this is what my house looks like, ok?
I can’t do everything at once. And to be honest I am not the greatest housekeeper either. I would much rather be outside planting flowers, or spray painting something than cleaning house . I know how discouraging it is for me to see someone’s perfect house AND great projects and that little comparison bug starts to bite and then you start beating yourself up over it – “why can’t I be like so and so” and on and on we go. But that is not allowed when you read my blog, ok? Cause I have plenty more pictures just like the one below and WORSE that I could share (but I probably won’t because I wouldn’t be able to show my face in public again ) If you have a clean house and your mailbox looks like my before then we are even ok? Actually you are probably doing better than me cause your kids and hubby are probably glad to have a clean living room instead of a pretty mailbox.
So excuse me while I try to find a coffee table that has disappeared somewhere in my living room. After that maybe I can work on adding a flower bed around my mailbox.
Could your mailbox use a little spray paint love?
Have you ever been amazed at the difference that a little paint can make?
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Sarahndipities, Skip to my Lou, Today’s Creative Blog, How to Nest for Less, Home Stories A to Z, Apron Thrift Girl, Tools are for women too, Not just a Housewife, A bowl full of lemons, Uncommon Designs Online, Someday Crafts, No Minimalist Here,Somewhat Simple, 36th Avenue, Sew Much Ado, The Style Sisters, The Thrifty Home, Domestically Speaking, House of Hepworths, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Weekend Blogging party at Serenity Now, Home Happy Home, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, The Girl Creative, Miss Mustard Seed, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, Remodelaholic, The Lettered Cottage, Before and after party at Thrifty Decor Chick, Pinterest Challenge at Young House Love, Best DIY Projects of April over at Beneath my Heart