1.31.2012

Mailbox {Makeover}


Funny Story about this mailbox... 
Before the house was even ours, I told my hubs I was going to paint the mailbox and make it cute. He was NOT on board with that idea! 
He said that it was a piece of crap and he tore it off the post and threw it away! {not only was I shocked at his He-Man skills, I was dumfounded because it wasn't even our house yet!}

he he he.. Little did he know that I smuggled it out of the trash and into our trunk!
While he was at work, I went to work! 
~I took it apart 
~I sanded it 
~I pounded out dents {most of them anyway} 
~and I started priming it
Sorry chaps, I know you are all wonderful and completely sane... but on the off chance I get a psycho reading this... 
I couldn't let my address be shown, hope you understand :)

It actually only took me like 45 minutes of prep time before I started priming it, maybe even less.

I forgot to take pics after the first coat of paint... 
I ended up spraying 4 or 5 coats! 
When the paint was dry, I scratched it up a bit with some sandpaper.
Then I applied the vinyl.
I quickly whipped up a design on the cricut using the storybrook cartridge.
After the vinyl was in place I did about 3 applications of clear coat. {don't want the crazy weather messin with my new paint-job!}

I gave the mailbox to my husband at our closing {signing the papers to make the house legally ours}I also stuffed some Under Armour shirts inside for another surprise... you've got mail!} 
He was pretty surprised, he had NO idea it was the old one!
I keep proving to him time and time again that I am a junk transformer, whisperer.. whatever you want to call it, and he continues to doubt me! WHAT MORE DO I HAVE TO PROVE HUN?! BOOYA! 
I had plans to build our own mailbox stand... but we found this one while we were at Home Depot one day getting other supplies for our house. A cedar mailbox post! I think it was around $35.00. We got some quick-crete for a few bucks and there you have it a brand new mailbox! {We put it up before we really even got started on the inside, I was sending a message to the neighborhood... YOU GOT YA SOME NEW NEIGHBORS.... WATCH OUT!}
I had a friend stop by to see the progress of our house, she said, "Well judging by your mailbox, I bet your house is going to be darling." AWE THANKS!! 
{I think the inside is turning out pretty fab!}

Linking up!
              It all Started with Paint {fun blog hop}

17 comments:

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

a simply amazing transformation -- i absolutely LOVE this mailbox and the colors are divine! three CHEERS for you!!!!! : ) hugs...

Ruth said...

The mailbox is so sweet. Great idea to give it to your husband at the closing.
Ruth

mwimp said...

this is so cute! i'm totally doing this with my mailbox - has it held up well?

Suffia said...

Great transformation! your mailbox looks so cute. Well done.

AmieAnn said...

This is awesome.. and such a cute story! You did a great job refinishing it! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments.. I am your newest follower and I hope you will share some of your creativity with my Pink Hippo party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2012/01/pink-hippo-party-65.html

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Love the dumpster diving story. And I had a serious chuckle when I saw you named my blog, it all started with "wet" paint! Versus the dry variety! Tee hee!

Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities challenge!

Linda
itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

What a great upgrade. I love the new look of the mailbox!! And thanks so much for linking up to the challenge. Karah

Amanda Joy {Joy in the Jumble} said...

What a great transformation and shout out to the new neighbors:)

Thanks for linking up to Pomp Party again.

Amanda Joy
Joy in the Jumble

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

So cute!! I love it!! Thanks for linking up! Just checking, did you see my Lisa Leonard giveaway yet?


XO, Aimee

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Great story! And really cute curb appeal!

Holly Lefevre said...

That is super cute. I had that same convo with my hubby about our mailbox...but sadly it has not received it's makeover yet...Now, I am inspired!

everydaygiggles said...

What a fabulous first impression to your new neighbors as well as your guests. Congratulations on your new home!
~Nicole

Charlotte Parker said...

It's soooo cute!

Flourchild said...

Super cute..I want to do this now!!

Stacie said...

I just found your site. How inspiring! I love the color and monogram.
www.createyourdecor.blogspot.com

Emily said...

My mailbox needs this treatment!! Now, I just need to figure out how to get those number stickers off the previous homeowner left us as a "present". ;)

Emily
www.busychickadees.com

Pam Jackson said...

Looks great. I noticed black peeling off mine just the other day, so I might have to doctor on mine.