Monday, June 25, 2012

A Quick & Thrifty Mailbox Makeover

Seeing as June is already coming to an end, I've been itching to do a DIY project. The trouble is life (work, kids, moving) has somehow gotten in the way! But alas, finally, a tiny project to tide me over...

I found the cutest DIY mailbox project on Pinterest and decided that our mailbox needed a makeover.

I can't believe I waited a whole month before attacking this project!

Materials used:

  • Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB) spray paint. ($4.00)
  • Red acrylic paint (53 cents, but already had it from another project.)
  • Triple Clear Glaze spray ($3.77, I also had this on hand.)
  • Elmer's Painter (marker) in white with a medium tip. (less than $2.00)
I removed the flag, painted it with the acrylic paint (because I had it,) let it dry and then sprayed the clear glaze over it to protect it. I put masking tape over the silver fixtures, spray painted the box with ORB (which took all of 30 seconds) and let it dry.

--> This is my favorite part because it was cheap and fast! 

No, I didn't stencil, no I don't own a fancy Cricut or Silhouette machine. I have a printer, that's it.

I picked a favorite font, printed our address on paper, taped it to the mailbox and wrote over the numbers and letters with a pen (slightly etching it into the mailbox) then I traced it with the white painter. This stuff is amazing. I may never use a paint brush again!

I'd say it turned out pretty cute! This was an easy (and cheap) project, hope you're inspired! What have you done lately? Leave me a link in your comment so I can see what you're up to!

1 comment:

  1. This looks great! Our mailbox was vandalized over the weekend...a drive-by smashing with a baseball bat. Hubby told me he would buy us a new one, and I trusted him with that job...biggg mistake! He bought us a cheap, plastic mailbox at particular chain store. No pretty mailbox for us. Oh, well...maybe this one will be vandalized, too! ;-)


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