Mailbox Makeover

Mailbox makeover, improving curb appeal
My mailbox was looking rough, don't you think?! Mildew, rust and peeling paint.
I've wanted to give it a makeover for quite some time. The weather was beautiful this weekend, making it perfect for outdoor projects.
I picked up some supplies from Home Depot and got to work. I decided to stain the post after cleaning off most of the mildew(I used Varathane- Kona). I unscrewed the mailbox from the post then painted it with Rust-Oleum Hammered, copper-spray paint. Once everything was dry, I gave the post and the mailbox a clear coat for weather protection.
I ordered the vinyl number decal from Etsy.
I love to see flowers growing by the mailbox! With no design in mind, I added a few plants and flowers. I finished it off with a layer of mulch. Instant curb appeal!
Hopefully they will hold up well throughout the summer and fill in nicely.
Now if I could only keep my neighbor's Chihuahua from peeing on them. Grr!

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1 question
  • Nancy Walters
    on Jun 13, 2017

    Mix some Cayenne pepper with water, and spray all around. One or two encounters with it should did ourasge the dog. Non toxic, won't hurt the dog, just leave a burning feeling.
    • Maureen Toms
      on Sep 20, 2017

      Please don't use Cayenne pepper. It will hurt the dog and other small critters. It can get in their eyes and/ or mouth . It will burn badly and possibly blind them. You wouldn't want to do that for a couple of flowers. How about one of those little wire or plastic fences? They look cute and you can get them ar the Dollar Store.

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  • Grace Merrells
    on Sep 21, 2017

    I've almost forgotten what its like to have a stand alone letterbox. Ours is in a big bank of letterboxes, been that way for around 15 years. I do remember having one decorated up as a little house. Nice job on the revamp of your box. I like Carole's little house one too.
  • Evang Cassandra Taylor
    on May 11, 2020

    Awesome job! May make this my next project!

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