This wasn’t on any of our outdoor to-do lists, but it was such an easy facelift to up our curb appeal. By no means is it perfect – it’s still a dented, old mailbox! – but it’s a major improvement over what we had going on before:
Our sad mailbox is welded onto our front gate, so it wasn’t as simple as undoing a few screws and attaching a new one. We considered going the new route, but the effort hardly seemed worth it (right now), as it would also require an unwanted dance with the post office of transferring locks and coordinating proper keys with our mail lady. A few months ago, I even called our local branch to ask what would be required, and the helpful woman on the phone sounded exasperated just explaining the protocol! When I asked if it was within our rights (not to sound overly dramatic, but Chicago has a lot of strange laws) to just paint the box, she said, go for it!
It looks like someone had glued something to the front at one point, and old names were written on with permanent marker. Despite scraping, scrubbing and fingernail picking, the metal still looked absolutely filthy, so we used a combination of Goof Off (for a final cleansing) and spray paint to get it looking, at the very least, cuter!
We discussed a handful of options for the color – Red? Emerald green? Soft blue? Hot pink! (kidding!) – but knowing that our neighbors would be seeing it much more than we would, we wanted something a little more safe and unoffensive. We even considered going with black to blend in with our fence (which admittedly could use a new paint job as well), but nixed that for something a little more fun. Why not? It’s just a mailbox! We’ve used Montana brand spray paints in the past, and it holds up really well (it’s made for all-weather graffiti artists!), and after going through the colors available, we both agreed on the color ‘Neptune.’
This brand of spray paint is known to have better control, so I didn’t have to worry about taping off too much of the fence. A few sheets of paper did the job! Once dry, it’s a slightly brighter and more green blue than our front door, but they’re similar enough that they also play well together!
Before starting the job at all, I did still have to ask our mail lady to keep the box unlocked so we had access to the inside to remove the locks, making it easier to spray paint. When I told her our plans, she said, I can’t wait to see what you do!, so hopefully it’s one of the more cheery stops in her daily routine now. (On a side note, wouldn’t it be fun if it was the norm to have the brightest, most colorful mailbox? Houses would look so happy! Getting your bills could be tolerable! I call pink!)
Eventually, we may upgrade our mailbox altogether, especially since we don’t need three separate locks. But for now? Cute!
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