No one wants a rusty old mailbox paving the way to their beautiful home. A few fun touches can turn your mailbox into a personalized work of art! Today I am sharing three mailbox makeover as seen on my weekly DIY segment on NBC's Atlanta & Company. Here a shot from the studio. Scroll to the bottom for behind the scenes shots and to watch the segment. PS- I'm 18 weeks this week :) Baby Girl is growing and healthy!
To get started here are tips to get your mailbox back to a presentable place:
- Remove old house numbers.
- Use sandpaper and rust remover to remove rust from your box and pole (if it's metal).
- Spray paint fixes everything. Coat your mailbox with a rust-resistant spray paint. If you pole is wood, why not use a fun color spray paint to add some flair!
- Tighten screws on the box and lid opening.
- If the box is beyond fixable, remove and order a new one. They are very reasonable. Amazon has a simple steel black mailbox for only $16 and its prime.
Now that we have the basics taken care of let's get creative!
This mailbox makeover is so easy and can add the perfect personal touch. Simply use a drill and screws to screw a galvanized/metal bucket or wooden box down into top of the post of the mailbox. Make sure you also drill holes in the bottom of your container for proper drainage. Fill with your favorite plants or herbs! To finish off this makeover I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut vinyl house numbers. I used outdoor vinyl to ensure it lasts in the weather. If you don't have a Cricut I highly recommend getting one... it has changed my crafting game!
If you don't want to put plants in the bucket think about using it to hold other things your neighbors can enjoy like snacks or even a shared book drop (watch out for those rainy days).
I love this style mailbox and I am completely envious of people that get to have this one hanging by their door! I also love this guy because he is plastic and doesn't rust!!! For this mailbox makeover, I took the lead of using my Cricut Explore Air 2 to add a family name and flair with outdoor vinyl. I also used my hot glue gun to add some colorful ribbon.
Last but not least, this one is for the kiddos! For this mailbox makeover, we painted a large chalkboard paint rectangle and outlined it with ribbon. My go to chalkboard paint is Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint. I love this one because the kids can change up the messages daily or weekly! Tip: Dampen your chalkboard surface before you write. It makes it easier to erase.
Watch the Mailbox Makeover Segment for NBC's Atlanta & Company
Behind the scenes at NBC's Atlanta & Company: