Jim Cox
Jim Cox
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  • Springfield, MO

Quick Mailbox Address With Some Character

6 Materials
30 Minutes

I saw this in one of the Hometalk Slideshows and decided it was time. I didn't want decals on my mailbox, but something a bit more personal, and permanent.
Here's a hunk of fence I bought at Lowes
Here's a hunk of fence I bought at Lowes
From a $3 dog-eared cedar fence board. I cut out the part with the most 'character', 10" or so.

quick mailbox address with some character
Because the lower edge was uneven, I put two strips of masking tape on the board to help me line things up. When I was happy with the numbers, I marked their hole locations with the nail and a light tap of a hammer. I did not fully sink the nails. A pair of needle nosed pliers helps hold the small things so you don't smash your fingers.
quick mailbox address with some character
Remove the numbers and tape.

Sticking with the red theme of my front yard, I gave the board a light mist of red primer I had in the garage. Not as heavy as stain, and a lot quicker. Black and gray also work well as a mist.
quick mailbox address with some character
Attach all but one number with nails. Look closely at the board and you can see the nail holes for my "5". This will come in handy to mount the "5" as well as locate the screws to mount the address board.
quick mailbox address with some character
I screwed the board to my mailbox post where I thought the screws would be best hidden. Put in one screw, check for level/straight, then put in the second one.
quick mailbox address with some character
Add your last digit. Here's the needle nosed pliers helping me out again. The middle number hides both screws fairly well.
quick mailbox address with some character
And my finished project. Quick, easy, doesn't look like a decal, and adds a hint of color too.

(Someone else on Hometalk with a VW bus mailbox inspired me to paint the flowers to match my front porch - Thank you!) 
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3 of 21 comments
  • Love the painted flowers and solar light too, you are all set! Great job with the numbers, quick, simple and tasteful. ❤

    • Jim Cox
      on Sep 10, 2018

      TY  . The solar light helps my friends find the place at night, so far I'm the only guy on the street with one. I had a round light on top and some kids in the neighborhood stole it, so I went square and screwed it onto the back to make it a bit more difficult. The flowers have faded, so I'm touching up with outdoor acrylic asap

  • Debra McMenamin
    on Sep 9, 2018

    That looks great, thank you for posting this.

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