Liza Greis

Do-it-yourself projects and Home Decor

My Mailbox Transformation

I apologize in advance for not having a “before” picture. I did this when all the Better Homes and Gardens stuff was happening and I didn’t think about it until after. But imagine in your creative mind that the POST was black. And that a lot of the black coating was peeling off revealing the galvanized metal underneath it. Imagine a once black (now faded gray) plastic mail box that is missing the door. Not too welcoming. Not a great first impression either. I took down the plastic mailbox. Then I sanded down the post to get rid of the flaking paint. Then I wiped it down with a damp cloth.
I used Rustoluem’s Hammered Metal Spray Paint to paint the post. It was an exact match to the new brown metal mailbox! I lucked out with that one. I love that spray paint. I used it on my railing years ago and it has held up great!
I used my Silhouette to cut out our last name and put it on the mailbox. Our old mailbox had our last name in vinyl on it as well. I had ordered it from someone. It was nice to be able to just cut out my own. The vinyl will last for a few years ( or more depending on the quality of the vinyl) outdoors. I am hoping it works on metal as well as it did on the old plastic one. If it starts to peel off in a few years I can just cut out a new one.

I am not a huge fan of the design of the post, but it is what I got and so I rolled with it :) I have to say though, I LOVE it a whole lot more now!

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  1. [email protected] says

    Lovely! I just entered into the fab world of spray painting and was thinking of sprucing up our mailbox as well (since mailboxes are so darn expensive!). I do love the color! Thanks for sharing!

  2. My Wonderfully Made says

    Spray paint is just about the greatest invention next to Mod Podge! Great job! I hope your mail carrier appreciates it :)