Mailbox Makeover With Contact Paper Liner

6 Materials
$15
45 Minutes
Easy

I'm a big fan of restoring perfectly good items instead of throwing them out and buying new ones. One of those things is our mailbox. It works perfectly well, but is very old and has heavy rust stains. I decided to give it a makeover with a contact paper lining for an extra special touch. Enjoy!


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mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Boring, old, rusty brass mailbox (screaming for an update)!


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


SUPPLIES:

- Mailbox

- Rust-Oluem Gloss Protective Enamel Spray Paint (Navy)

- Adhesive Contact Paper

- Ruler

- Sandpaper


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner

You can buy the wood contact paper used in this project here.


Step 1: Remove the mailbox from the front door area.


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Step 2: Give it a clean with some heavy-duty cleaner. Don't forget to give the inside a good wipe too!


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Step 3: Using sandpaper, sand any rough edges, old rust build-up and debris off of the mailbox.


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Get your paint-ready! I used Rust-Oleum Gloss Protective Enamel in Navy. It stops rust from forming - perfect for an outdoor mailbox.


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Step 4: Spray paint your mailbox any color you'd like.

Let one coat dry, and apply a second coat. Be sure to paint all sides, as well as the inside of the mailbox too.


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Step 5: Measure the inside of your mailbox flap (length and width).


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Step 6: Cut out the appropriate size (to fit within the inside flap) from your adhesive contact paper.


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Step 7: Peel the backing off of the contact paper and stick.


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Step 8: Measure the inside base of the mailbox (length and width).


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Step 9: Cut out the appropriate size (to fit within the inside base) from your adhesive contact paper.


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Step 10: Peel off the backing and stick onto the inside of your mailbox base.


mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Step 11: Smooth our any bubbles and wrinkles from both contact paper pieces.


Like the contact paper used for this project? You can buy it here.



mailbox makeover with contact paper liner


Step 12: Proudly hang your shiny, restored mailbox back onto the front of your house and wait happily for the mail person to deliver the goods.

Suggested materials:

  • Mailbox  (On-Hand)
  • Rust-Oluem Gloss Protective Enamel Spray Paint  (Home Depot)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=wood+contact+paper&linkCode=ll2&tag=ctbr-julien27915891-20&linkId=f40c2790e3f87160baa0510d94dd8b81" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adhesive Contact Paper - Wood Print</a>  (Amazon)
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  • Amb20956950
    on Apr 17, 2017

    It still looks great
  • Lady Anne
    on Apr 22, 2017

    You're a better woman than I am! I've *never* been able to put contact on anything, that it didn't end up looking all wrinkled. The mailbox looks lovely.
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