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Mailbox Facelift

Now that we have a new front door, I thought it was time our mailbox got a facelift.  I couple years ago I decided to paint it red with a little bird on it.  I’ve enjoyed having it that way, but I was in the mood for something new.  So, I went with triangles.  I’ve been liking triangles and geometric patterns more and more lately.  If you remember, last year I painted metallic triangles on the desk I found on the side of the road.

This was a simple project, quite relaxing and just plain old good for the spirit.  There’s something about painting that puts me in a good mood.

I simply sanded down the whole thing, and then painted the entire mailbox a dark charcoal grey.  Then I used a little blue painters tape to map out where I wanted the triangle.  I made columns that were 1 1/4″ wide and then, with sharpie, I marked every 1 1/4″ up the tape.  This gave me 1 1/4″ squares to work in.  I didn’t want the triangles to all be perfectly the same, I wanted a hand painted look to them.  But, having the tape helped me keep them straight and even.

I painted my triangles white with just a random few metallic copper ones.  I had to do 3 coats of paint on each triangle to get enough coverage.

Isn’t making a house a home all about the details?  I might not have the nicest, biggest house, but it does reflect me and my family.  I know a fun mailbox isn’t an essential, but it makes me happy and it shares a little of my personal style with the rest of the world.  What details in your home tell about your uniqueness?

One thought on “Mailbox Facelift

  1. Doreen

    Hi Jeran,
    Visiting from Main Ingredient Monday–saw your fun mailbox transformation. I have the exact same style mailbox. I found it at a swap meet, and completely overhauled it. Would love for you to come by and take a look at it at You've got mail

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