MAILBOX MAKEOVER + SMORES

One of the new homeowner tasks after we moved in over 3 yrs ago was to buy a mailbox and post. So we made another trip to Home Depot and brought home this beast:

TheBeast

Apparently we picked the largest mailbox known to man. I think we selected it because of the option to lock it and we thought that was a good idea at the time. But when we got it home and removed it from the box, we hopped back in the car and returned to the Depot. Our second trip resulted in a normal, human-sized mailbox.

Since then, our mailbox and post had turned sad– weathered and worn from the treacherous outdoor elements. It needed a makeover and for only $5, we are now wondering why we hadn’t done it sooner!

BeforeAfter-Close

BeforeAfter-Far

Let’s rewind to how we made it happen: Over the weekend, Mya and I headed over to the 40% off paint + stain sale at Sherwin Williams. (I receive Sherwin Williams emails whenever they have sales. If you would like to receive the same, sign-up for their Paint Perks.) This trip, we didn’t need much– just a can-o-spray-paint, specifically a High Heat, flat black. (Our mailbox doesn’t need to withstand 1200 degrees, but we were also using the paint for another project– which you’ll see in a bit.)

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Painters’ Tape (already owned) @ $3
Exacto Knife (already owned) @ $2
2 plastic grocery bags
Black spray paint (or base color of your choice) @ $5
White spray paint (or number color of your choice) (already owned) @ $5

Directions1

1. Remove mailbox from post and clean mailbox. (Ours had faded stickers on it that had to be removed with a utility knife blade and cleaned with Goo Gone before we could wipe it all clean.)

2. Spray paint mailbox. Let dry.

3. Use painters’ tape to tape-off section where house numbers will be seen. Draw house numbers on the tape.

4. Use exacto knife to cut-out numbers. Make sure each corner and edge is crisp and not frayed when tape is removed.

5. Tape-off and cover– we used two plastic bags– mailbox surround, as to not get residual paint on undesired surface. Then spray paint (using a different color– we used Krylon Paint + Primer White Satin Indoor/ Outdoor because we already had it.)

6. Let dry and remove painters’ tape to reveal your new and improved mailbox! Reattach to post.

(We also painted the mailbox post using the same paint as our garage stairs. We used a coarse brush to wipe away any loose particles and then just painted it. No sanding, no power washing.)

Now for the other project for which we really needed the High Heat spray paint: our firepit. We had only used our firepit once– specifically Halloween 2013 when we had a neighborhood gathering in our culdesac. After it’s one use, it sat outside containing water for probably too long. The finish was chipping and it looked like it had been used way more than one time. So since paint makes most things better, a High Heat spray paint seemed like the necessary solution. It looks better than new!

Firepit

To test it out, Mya had her first smores.

Smores

One can of High Heat spray paint and we feel like we got a brand new mailbox and firepit! What outdoor projects are you working on?!

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