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Create a designer mailbox!

Guest Author - Maureen L Staccato

Springtime is somewhat here and now is a great time to get those creative ideas turned into reality! Ever since I purchased my home, I have been annoyed by the sight of my mailbox. It was starting to rust and as time had gone on, it got worse and worse.

Let’s be honest, your mailbox is not the top of your fix it up list, but as the years had gone by I finally had enough. I would get busy with the daily issues we all have in our busy lives and each day I would walk up my stairs, I would be reminded of the rust bucket holding my mail.

Well, I finally had enough and decided to do something about it. I didn’t want us to be just another ordinary mailbox on our street- go figure huh? I love to stand out in a crowd. I wanted to have something cheerful and ornamental. I am currently in the process of renovating my front yard which includes fencing so I am motivated to put my best foot forward and have fun!

I removed the rust bucket known as my mailbox and while having my morning coffee started to sand the surface rust which had multiplied over the past few years. It didn’t take long and once I had finished, it was looking better already. Although it was looking healthier, I still wanted color and something to make a warm welcome at my front door.

After I had cleaned the loose rust and debris away, I sprayed a light coat of primer. Once it was dried, I continued to add another coat of primer. I highly suggest waiting 20-30 minutes between coats to ensure even coverage and for a much cleaner finish. I knew precisely what I wanted to do so I had already picked out my color and patterns. I love lady bugs and they are such a nice touch to one’s yard so I was ready for the big change.

Once the primer was dried, I sprayed the first coat of yellow paint. I started with the inside and worked my way outwards. I applied 3 coats of yellow paint to the mailbox. If you are going to do this, I highly suggest waiting 20-30 minutes between coats to ensure even coverage and for a much cleaner finish.

Once the paint was dried completely, I applied by lady bug Wallpaper cutouts onto the mailbox. I used Royal Coat decoupage finish to apply and also applied a coat over the entire mailbox. I suggest at least 2 coats and let each coat dry well before applying the next. Once you have finished, let it cure for 7-10 days before hanging.

I can’t think of a nicer way to personalize your mailbox while providing a unique décor for your home’s entry. Whatever pattern you choose, I hope you love your mailbox as much as I love mine.

If you have already created a unique mailbox or have plans to in the near future, please visit our Home Improvement forum and post a photo of your mailbox for us to see!











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