Marc Erick
Marc Erick
  • Hometalk Helper
  • Carbondale, PA

Mailbox Redux, With a Secret Message for the Mailman!๐Ÿ˜Š

6 Materials
$10
2 Hours
Easy

So, I'm entering this project in the address plaque challenge, although it's not literally a plaque. I live in an apartment in a house that was split into three apartments . Our house number is on our mailbox. Everytime I get my mail, I cringe! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ The mailbox is old, shabby and looks as if it was neglected for 20 years! (It probably was, actually!๐Ÿ˜€) I asked my landlord if it was ok to do some improvements , and he gladly gave me permission to do whatever I wanted, including the yard which, by the way, is a WHOLE other project. But more about that in another post ๐Ÿ˜Š
On to the mailbox makeover...
mailbox redux with a secret message for the mailman
Since I seem to be working on a million projects at the moment, I knew I wanted to do this quickly, easily and...well... cheap! So I gathered some materials and went to work! I used:
Bronze spray paint
Black spray paint
Letter stickers, I used foam stickers with a gold finish
Accent stickers, I used beaded border stickers
Permanent glue (e6000)
Spray acrylic
A razor blade, steel scouring pad or sandpaper and q-tips
Oh, and an old shabby mailbox!
mailbox redux with a secret message for the mailman
First, get the mailbox ready to paint. Remove the decorative plaque (I used a flat screwdriver to pop it off) Using a razor blade, remove any tape or stickers. Then sand the whole thing to make it as smooth as possible (I used a steel scouring pad) If there are any dents, this would be the time to gently pound them out. I was lucky... no dents! Woohoo!
mailbox redux with a secret message for the mailman
Next paint the mailbox. I painted the box with a bronze spray paint. Allowed it to dry and gave it a second coat. Then spray painted the lid black (make sure to cover the bottom part of the mailbox!) Then I gave it a light spray of bronze, about two feet away, just enough to give it a little shimmer. Paint the plaque black and again added a bit of bronze. I added two small beads on either side, which I used from the beaded border stickers.
mailbox redux with a secret message for the mailman
I found these beaded border stickers at ACMoore for $.25! And attached them to the bottom of the mailbox.
mailbox redux with a secret message for the mailman
Now we'll attach the lettering. I am using these foam letter stickers I found at Wal-Mart. First, I gave them a light spray with spray acrylic. I just wanted to make them a little more outside -friendly. ๐Ÿ˜Š Allow to dry.
mailbox redux with a secret message for the mailman
I decided to add some permanent glue to the back of the letters using a q-tip... just a tiny bit is all that is needed . Then I placed the lettering, the house numbers on the front, and a secret message for the mailman under the lid ๐Ÿ˜Š
mailbox redux with a secret message for the mailman
Using permanent glue, re-attach the plaque. Then I gave the whole thing a light coat of spray acrylic. Allow it to dry completely and woohoo! we're done!
mailbox redux with a secret message for the mailman
Such an improvement!
mailbox redux with a secret message for the mailman
And here it is hung up. Oh, and the landlord loved it too! (Whew!)
mailbox redux with a secret message for the mailman
The mailman smiled when he saw the message. I didn't have my camera with me but I WILL get a picture of the him one of these days, and post it in the comments๐Ÿ˜Š

One problem arose, however...
mailbox redux with a secret message for the mailman
Now I have to do the other two mailboxes! Which I will ...happily! ๐Ÿ˜€ True to my goal, this project was quick..about 2 hours, easy..and cheap.. less than $10! Yay!
I hope you enjoyed this little upgrade ๐Ÿ˜Š and thanks for viewing!!๐Ÿ–’
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2 questions
  • Jui10815929
    on Sep 8, 2018

    My goodness no; I am so far from those skills, until pulling the trash container to the curb is a major project for me. However, I would love to have one of those mailboxes. Other than making it myself, may I purchase one?

  • Dianne Curtis
    on Sep 8, 2018

    I don't know where you live but that is definitely NOT under $10 in my city. It might be under $30.

    • Marc Erick
      on Sep 8, 2018

      Well, I already had the mailbox and glues. All I needed was the paint and stickers which totaled $9.56 . Perhaps you could find items you need on Amazon or Wal-Mart. Com less expensively

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  • Lynn
    on Oct 1, 2018

    Wow, beautiful job! I think your landlord should pay you to do all the mailboxes! What an upgrade!


  • That looks way better that it did before. So special to add a little note for the mailman

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