Sandra Ross Warren
Sandra Ross Warren
  • Hometalk Helper
  • Port Crane, NY

Mailbox Makeover.

10 Materials
$30
5 Hours
Medium

I apologize that I do not have all the steps of this project, I created it before I was invited to do my DIY's on here but I couldn't resist showing it off.
mailbox makeover, Before
Before
Plain black mail box.
mailbox makeover
I spray painted the entire box with the white paint (Rust-Oleum), let it dry and masked off the top portion in the design of the vw bus and painted the burnt orange engine paint.
mailbox makeover
I taped off around where I wanted the windows to be and painted them black then I sprayed some of the chrome paint into a dish and used a paint brush to add a chrome stripe just above the burnt orange paint then I spray painted the headlights and used clear gorilla glue to attach them. I cut the chain off the key chain and gorilla glued it to the front for the emblem. I used wooden shims to make the grill, gorilla glued it together and painted it with chrome paint. Using pieces of shim I made the side mirror bases and glued scrap pieces of metal rods to that and added sanded down smaller game pieces for the side mirrors.
mailbox makeover
I cut the black foam into the tires and pressed the hubcaps in and glued them. I couldn't add the tires until I attached the mail box to the post.
mailbox makeover, After
After
I drilled a hole into the flag and added a string so the mail man wouldn't have to reach around the side mirror to place the flag back down. I glued on the tires and added the name to the front of the box.

Suggested materials:

  • Rust-Oleum White spray paint  (Walmart $3)
  • VHT Engine metallic burnt orange paint  (Advance auto $7)
  • VW keychain (for front emblem)  (ebay $4)
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3 of 9 questions
  • Nola
    on Aug 8, 2017

    Great job, I need a mailbox makeover, but, Where did you get the hubcaps?

    • Sandra Ross Warren
      on Aug 8, 2017

      I got them off ebay, they are actual center caps for vw cars and cost about $4 for the set and come with valve stems that I didn't use.

  • Wol12381723
    on Sep 29, 2017

    What size was the mailbox to begin with?

  • Linda Hopper
    on Sep 12, 2018

    What kind of paint should I use on my mailbox? I am wanting to pain Frogs on it but I am afraid that the paint will peel off. Also, should I spray a sealant on it after?

    thanks so much... I love the VW

    • Sandra Ross Warren
      on Sep 13, 2018

      I used high heat automotive engine, paint and sealer from automotive store and rust-oleum paint. As far as sealer, I would find a good one for autos, they are made for weather exposure. I would love to see your masterpiece when you finish it.

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  • Gale Allen Jenness
    on Jan 15, 2018

    So impressive, really looks like a VW Van! Now you got me wanting to do one and I’m not even a Fan of VW vans! LOL In my opinion it’s the best one shown on Hometalk!

  • Sandra Ross Warren
    on Jan 15, 2018

    Thank you so much, I get people stopping and taking pictures of it often.

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