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Mailbox Makeover

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Mailboxes generally have the same look around where we live: a plain mailbox on a plain post which is so not my personality or style. After nearly 5 years of looking at our ratty mailbox and post, I decided to vamp it a little and I'm so pleased with how this fairly easy project came out!
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $35 Difficulty: Medium
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BEFORE:
This is the mailbox that came with the house when we bought it almost 5 years ago and clearly it needed some TLC!

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SUPPLIES:
-4 (1x4x8) pine boards *Note: We purchased 6 but returned 2.
-1 (2x4x8) board
-measuring tape
-Behr exterior semi gloss paint (Color: Cherry Cola)
-vinyl black/silver numbers
-2 (2.5" wood screws)
-DeWalt reciprocating saw
-2" paint brush
-18 gauge brad nails
-nail gun
-DeWalt chop saw







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STEP 1: Measure and cut 1x4x8 boards
First, Rob measured how wide we wanted our planks to be which turned out to be 16". Then, he cut the planks to size using a chop saw. If you don't have power tools, you can do this with a manual saw or see if the hardware store where you purchase your wood will do this for you.
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STEP 2: Measure, fit and secure post
Next, I measured from the ground to the end of our existing mailbox post. This would determine how much I needed to dig into the ground in order to fit in our support post.
STEP 2: Measure, fit and secure post
Next, I measured from the ground to the end of our existing mailbox post. This would determine how much I needed to dig into the ground in order to fit in our support post.
Once I had a measurement, I dug a small hole with a shovel...
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Once I had a measurement, I dug a small hole with a shovel...
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...then, wedge in the support post underneath our existing mailbox post.
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Finally, I used 2.5" screws (one on either side) to secure the support post to our existing post.
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Optional: I didn't want the little piece of our existing post sticking out the back any longer so I used a reciprocating saw to cut it off in order to make the tall part of the existing post flat.
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STEP 3: Install planks
After my support post was secure, I started installing the 16" planks Rob had cut for me. I used 2 nails for each end of the planks.
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In order to ensure the planks were evenly spaced apart, I lined one end of the plank to the front of the existing post, secured the plank with nails, then used 2 scrap pieces of wood as wedges to space the plank above to the next plank.
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Then, to ensure that the planks were even with each other, I used an extra plank to line then up from the back.
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STEP 4: Paint
Hindsight, I would have painted my planks before installation but at the time, I was clueless as to the look I was going for so I decided to install the planks first in hopes inspiration would come to me. I decided to use the same paint I used on our front door (and the sliding barn door inside) to tie in the mailbox with the house. I used Behr exterior semi gloss paint in a deep red color called "Cherry Cola".
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Optional: Because the numbers on our mailbox looked a hot mess and they were basically baked onto our mailbox, I simply grabbed new numbers (the same kind we originally had) and applied them over the original numbers. Our mailbox was in decent shape and I liked how the white popped against the red so I decided not to get a whole new mailbox. The sky's the limit with the numbers though! If you want a plain mailbox, you can get nice numbers to install on the planks but I felt that look was too modern for the whole look of our house/style.
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I'm so in love with our "new" mailbox! It was so simple to give it a unique facelift without breaking the bank and it ties together with our house now instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.

Materials I used for this project:

  • 4 (1x4x8) pine boards   (Home Depot)
  • 1 (2x4x8) board   (Home Depot)
  • Measuring tape   (on hand)
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  • Maude  LaFountain
    Maude LaFountain Kopperl, TX

    That is pretty !!! I love how you used the planks on the sides looks really good ...We can't put up a Mailbox like this because Vandals keep knocking them down and crushing them so we have a P.O.Box ...for our mail

    • Ashford121103
      Ashford121103 Water Valley, MS

      You could always put it up and reinforce it with Rebar/Metal. That would really mess them up. Plus messing with Mailboxes is a Federal offense and has a nice fine to go with it.

  • Eroque022810

    I like it much better than before, it gives it your personality. I think that's what everyone should do to their home,express your self! I think color is so pretty, I'm glad you included name. Now, my only advice would be to never plant a flowering

    • Eroque022810

      Oh yes and it only gets those purple flowers for a short time and it's pretty low to ground. Hey I am not much of a gardener but love them and have many since you can divide them, I buy what ever is speaking to me and have other shade plants that I

  • Cathleen evan
    Cathleen evan Derby, NY

    Yes we bring alot of packages to the front door. But it would also be helpful if some of them could easily fit into a mailbox. Just makes our day go a bit smoother. Carriers in our station also purchase clear trash bags to place packages in, when

  • Sandra
    Sandra West Monroe, LA

    My first thought was Pallets. but no. looks really good

  • Amy Elizab Itch Moore

    Awesome! And now you could hang some potters with fun holiday stuff or fake flowers on the wood!

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