Even before we moved, we’ve had some mail delivered to the new house. But there was no mailbox (and our mail came with a sticky note wondering when we’d get a mailbox – that’s small town for you!) – hence the need for something awesome. Why in the world would you put up a boring mailbox when you can Paint your Mailbox and put up an awesome one?! And so that’s what I did.
They turned out super fun and I’m hoping they’ll be a landmark for giving directions to our house, “turn at the minty turquoise and chartreuse mailboxes, you know a crafter lives there”. At first I wondered if there was some sort of rule against painting a mailbox because all the ones I saw were boring, but I looked it up, and there’s no rule. Plus think of those giant fish mailboxes you see – painting has to be better than that I realize that in a home owners association you might have restrictions, but we moved to the country to get away from all that nonsense So colorful mailboxes were a must. And I have a few tips and tricks for you on the project tutorial:
–Mailbox – we actually ordered these on amazon – it’s a pretty busy road, so I wanted mailboxes that opened in the back so the kids wouldn’t be close to the road when they checked them. But I didn’t want those big plastic ones, and that’s the only in-store option for back-access mailboxes – amazon to the rescue. Although funny story, they are about twice as big as a regular mailbox and I had no idea until they showed up – the risk of online ordering! (and then the next week we ordering throwing knives (I know, crazy!) and they were super small – again, online ordering, ya never think to check dimensions!) – there was only one in stock of one kind and of of another, so they’re slightly different.
–Spraypaint – primer and paint and clear
–House numbers (I cut mine on my Silhouette with reflective vinyl background and black numbers foreground)
First up, if you can remove the flag, do that. If not, wrap it in a plastic bag to avoid overspray. One of the boxes had a removable flag and one didn’t. Then I gave them each a couple coast of Spray Primer – I wanted to make sure the paint would stick. In the pic below you can see the back box has a coat of primer and the front one doesn’t. I didn’t worry about painting the inside.
Spraypaint dries really fast, so this project moved pretty quickly. Next up, color! Several thin coats is much better than one thick runny coat. Just try to spray as evenly as you can , starting at the top and working down each side. I started with the flag down, painted halfway as shown, flipped the flag up, and continued painting.
I wanted to be sure there was great coverage – I think I painted 3 coats on each mailbox.
I let the color dry overnight. I put the number stickers on (tricky to take an after picture without declaring my address to the world!). Then I coated each mailbox in a clear coat for added protection since they’ll be outside. This is probably optional. My job on the project was done – - then they were installed by Trevor and my dad, and of course I didn’t take any pics of that process, so you’ll have to google that one.
I just love them! Life’s too short for a boring mailbox, so go paint yours
Meanwhile, house progress was pushed back even more because of delayed supply delivery. But we’re staring to make progress! Wonder if the FedEx guy was told to look for the colorful mailboxes?!