Monday, April 28, 2014

Mailbox Makeover

 My mailbox was looking rough, don't you think?!  Mildew, rust and peeling paint.

 I've wanted to give it a makeover for quite some time.  The weather was beautiful this weekend, making it perfect for outdoor projects.

 I picked up some supplies from Home Depot and got to work.  I decided to stain the post after cleaning off most of the mildew(I used Varathane- Kona).  I unscrewed the mailbox from the post then painted it with Rust-Oleum Hammered, copper-spray paint.  Once everything was dry, I gave the post and the mailbox a clear coat for weather protection.

I ordered the vinyl number decal from Etsy.

I love to see flowers growing by the mailbox!  With no design in mind, I added a few plants and flowers.  I finished it off with a layer of mulch.  Instant curb appeal!

Hopefully they will hold up well throughout the summer and fill in nicely.

Now if I could only keep my neighbor's Chihuahua from peeing on them.  Grr!



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72 comments:

Julia Konya said...

Oh the power of paint! Love this little makeover

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

AWESOME makeover Brandi!! It all looks so pretty!

Simply LKJ said...

Love it Brandi!!

Jenn - HomeStyleReport said...

This looks great! I'm jealous of your plant selection. We have deer that love eating our hostas, even the ones right next to the house! Looks beautiful!

Keoshia said...

This looks really great, wish I had a mailbox to make over!

Kar said...

Looks fabulous Brandi! Makes me want to go and make mine look better. :)

therelishedroost said...

Great job !!!

Brigitte said...

Great ideas! Love the copper spray paint!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love it! I love the copper paint! What a realistic look! I love the flowers planted beneath it too. xoxo

Vel Criste said...

Sooo much better Brandi! Just what the doctor ordered for your mailbox!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

This will make picking up your mail a pleasure!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks wonderful, I love the copper color and the flowers are so pretty. I would love to have you link up to Inspire Me this afternoon. Party goes live at 3 PM. www.astrollthrulife.net Hope to see you there.

House@heart said...

I love your makeover!! It looks great! And you seem to be on fire with the outdoor projects, right?!
xo
Ozana

Dee D said...

Now that's a great before and after project. You did an awesome job and I love the flowers.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

It looks great, Brandi! I love flowers by the mailbox too. It's amazing what a difference a little paint and flowers can do. :)

Rhonda said...

Pretty improvement!

Katie @ Team Skelley said...

Very nice and such a dramatic difference. A fresh coat of paint will work wonders!

pam {simple details} said...

Very nice!! Sadly mine looks for similar to your before! :( You've inspired me to add it to my list!

Rustown Mom said...

Pretty - Spray paint does wonders!

Libby said...

What a simple yet lovely transformation. I love it!

Judy Whatilivefor said...

What a difference that made! Our poor mailbox desperately needs a makeover.

Tonya said...

pretty!

Mary Jo said...

Loving that copper paint that you used - what a great before and after!!! Great job!
xo Mary Jo

Purple Flowers said...

Hi Brandi: It's amazing what paint can do for a pick me up. I'm sure the mail delivery person is happy too. The green Hosta plants are easy to care for. They grow quite large and spread a lot. If you see that this is happening, and you don't want that, pull out the baby shoots. Also, you can razor them down in the winter. They will go dormant, and pop back up in the Springtime. In the summer, they will also bloom a long thin purple flower in the middle of the plant. Enjoy looking at your new project everytime you get your mail.

Regina Melo-Jocknevich said...

It looks so beautiful Brandi. That's what I tell people that it does not take much to improve a space, to improve something.

I wish the weather here in CT we better, most of our weekends have been rainy & windy :(

Cynthia S. said...

Hi Brandi,
I like this quick makeover! I need to do the same to my mailbox area. As always, I love your decor ideas, as they inspire me. Much joy!

Erin@ Live Pretty on a Penny said...

That looks wonderful Brandi! So glad you went with Kona color and copper. Beautiful transformation.

Jamala Wallace said...

Love the new look..I had to chuckle at the ending comment.. grrr.. :-)

Rita Strong said...

I love it! Try sprinkling red pepper flakes around your flowers if you dont want dogs peeing on them. They always sniff first so a noseful of that should keep them away! My mom used to sprinkle that stuff on hers to keep our neighbors dog out of her flowers :)

Karen said...

Wow Brandi, that looks amazing. I love the bronze paint you chose for the mailbox and the flowers look beautiful too.

Being Home said...

Wow! Totally looks like a new mail box and post! Love that copper finish! :)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Stopping by from over at Marty's - lovely feature and you did a wonderful job with your son's bedroom re-do. I even teared up with you - knowing how fast they grow up. My favorite nephew just turned 17 and is getting whiskers - and it seems like yesterday he was wearing his little sailor's outfit with cute baby white shoes. /sniff sniff/ wipe tears

Anyway fabo job on that and on your m ailbox and now I am your newest followers~! So glad to "meet" you and find you!

MorgHarpNich.com said...

I love this! Wow! You should turn this into a pin for Pinterest if you havent already! and yay for GA Bloggers :)

MorgHarpNich.com said...

I love this! Wow! You should turn this into a pin for Pinterest if you havent already! and yay for GA Bloggers :)

My Forever Changing Home said...

Visiting from Marty's. Girl you are a genius! I've known it for a while... I follow your instagram. Now following your fantastic blog! Looking forward to hanging out here.

Tina Bradley said...

Great makeover! And, your flowers are so lovely! We are starting to see a few blooms here, too--yay! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Alycia Nichols said...

By this time next year, you'll have the full complement of flowers and greenery to decorate the base of your mailbox, and your efforts will have paid off big time!!! They already are as it looks so much better with the small plants in place!!! (I wonder if a rubber snake would keep ol' Mr. Chihuahua away?)

Paint is the wonder drug, isn't it? The new look is really great!!!

OurDreamHouseDIY said...

Wow, this looks fabulous!! I love the flowers around your mailbox. I think I am going to hit Home Depot this weekend and pick up some plants to put around my mailbox! We may not have grass but I can plant some greenery around the mailbox, right ;)

~~louise~~ said...

Looking good, Brandi! I never know whether I should plant flowers under the mailbox. I have this image of the poor mail lady getting attacked by bees, lol...I really should ask her if she minds. It looks so "purity" with flowers underneath.

Thanksfully, mailbox fixing up is not one of my chores for this year but if it was, painting is definitely the way to go. Thanks so much for sharing, Brandi...

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Looks awesome. My mailbox could use some attention.

Mike @TheIronYou said...

That is actually a very cool makeover Brandi, you sure are a talented person!

Morgan said...

I love your mailbox landscaping! Hostas are so pretty to me and I like those purple plants too. You did a great job making over your mailbox. Too bad I'm not allowed to do anything to mine since I have an HOA :(

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

hi brandi! thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

wow!!! what a makeover!!!! that spray paint is gorgeous. and all finished off, with flowers. you did a great job.

about the chihuahua... if you go back to home depot, betcha' you could find something to make him give your pretty little plot, a wide berth. there must be something, which a dog would not, not, not like the smell of. there must be! :-)

good luck!

tessa~

Megan said...

I am in awe of all planted flowers. Because I'm far too lazy to ever do that and because they're so pretty!

Brooke said...

I looooove the copper mailbox!! It all looks so good. That is definite curb appeal!

Cristina Garay said...

Such a pretty makeover, Brandi! At first I thought you've gotten a new one! Love the copper color ;)

Beauty said...

Great makeover; awesome job.

Nerline Germain said...

Looks like an extreme makeover to me. My mailbox looks naked. Now, let's pray so God can keep the dog away!

Simply Suzannes at Home said...

Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

Dear Brandi, Thanks so much for coming by to visit and take the time to leave a comment. I appreciate every one of them :0)
Yes, please give my lemon blueberry bread pudding a try. It's so so good . . . and surprisingly, light.
Have a wonderful, beautiful weekend,
Suzanne
PS Your mailbox makeover is awesome! Great job!

Trish Ellen Castro said...

What a great looking mailbox and the flowers and greenery really do give it curb appeal. Good job! I was wondering if the greenery was hostas which gets rather big.

Sissym Mascarenhas said...



Brandi,

I'll hire you to decorate my post office box! I loved what you did!

:D

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Brandi, what a wonderful makeover. This looks fabulous and your plantings all around is the perfect touch.
Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. I am so sorry you lost your mom too. She is looking down and very proud of you.
Blessings to you always.
Hugs!

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

Great update Brandi! My mailbox looks way too much like your sad "before". Love the copper paint and the decal and I agree - flowers around the mailbox make a world of difference!

Sue V. said...

I so need to do this to our mailbox....duh, why didn't I think of this before? The copper would accent my house very nicely. Thanks for sharing with us, Brandi!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Great upgrade Brandi! I love the new paint and the flowers. If you know what time the neighbors dog visits, you might set up a sprinkler and turn it on just as he/she starts to sprinkle! It won't hurt the dog, but it will startle it. A couple times of that and he/she may decide to find another spot, hopefully in the neighbor's yard!

Val Manchuk said...

Hi Brandi,

What a great makeover! I just love that copper color against the Kona stain, and your flowers look beautiful! I couldn't help laughing about the Chihuahua comment! Have a great day, Brandi!

Val @ artsybuildinglady.blogspot.ca

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Love this make-over and trust me... mine could use a good make-over too. The box anyway... the are is shared with two other neighbors, so the flowers may or may not be a problem for them... but yours sure looks mighty spiffy! XOX Happy Mom's Day!

Beth said...

A beautiful job on the mailbox Brandi!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I am your newest follower.

Beate said...

This is a great idea! I love how it turned out!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

You did a great job and those flowers should triple in coverage over the summer ! :)

A Quiet Corner said...

It came out AWESOME!!!! And the plants you close especially the hosta will hold up right into Fall!!...:)JP

Creative Dream said...

Looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

Charity said...

l o v e the copper color! Looks so much better ;)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

such a wonderful transformation!!!

Minha vida de campo said...

Olá,
linda sua caixa de correio. Amei seu blog cheio de belas inspirações.
Tenha uma ótima semana.
Anajá

Simply Suzannes at Home said...

Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

Thanks so much for coming by!
Yes, keep your eyes open for the sweet yellow French beans. I think you'll love them too :0)
Have a great week,
Suzanne

Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor said...

LOOOOVE the copper sis. Awesome makeover:)

Babs R said...

Your mail box looks great with the new coat of paint and plantings. Good luck with your neighbor's dog. :)

lil red hen said...

This is really very pretty! My mailbox did finally get a nice new post but since it sits on an unpaved country road, I can't put pretty flowers at its base, although last summer there were wildflowers growing around it.

Charlotte Wilson said...

Good job! It looks wonderful! You are so creative!

House Envy said...

Nice work Brandi!!! Looks so awesome

Jody and Stan said...

Brandi, Congrats! You'll be featured this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thanks so much for sharing.
Have a great week!
Hugs,
Jody