Curb Appeal: Mail Box and Post Makeover

Curb Appeal: Mail Box and Post Makeover

May 11, 2012 | Barbara's Blog

The first item noticeable to others as they drive by your home is your mailbox.  After all, it is the closest item to the curb.  Undoubtedly, the person who delivers the mail in your neighborhood has taken note of those in need of a coat of paint.  Your mailbox and post can be brand new again in just about an hour by following the steps listed below.

  1. Remove the four screws that mount the box to the post. Thouroghly wipe it clean.
  2. Place the mailbox on top of a piece of cardboard or newspaper.  Cover the red flag with completely with paper and seal it with tape.
  3. Spray the box with indoor/outdoor gloss spray paint.  Rustoleum works best! 
  4. Remove the numbers from the post. Be careful not to loose the screws.  If you do, purchase new ones. A number missing its screws just won’t look right. Thoroughly clean each number with a small brush.   Paint screws with indoor/outdoor metallic gold semi gloss paint. A small bottle costs about $1.00 and can be found at your local craft store.
  5. Scrape off old paint that may be peeling. Sand edges around scraped areas until smooth. 
  6. Use a brush and water to clean the entire post.  Make sure to rinse it well.
  7. Paint the entire post with an exterior 100% acrylic paint, either gloss or semi-gloss will work fine.
  8. Once the post is dry, remount the mailbox and numbers to the post.
  9. Stand back and admire your handy work.
  10. Give yourself a high five for a job well done.


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