It must be nearly spring! Houses are selling in our neighborhood quickly, and lots of families are out doing beautification projects. When I was driving around our neighborhood, I was noticing that there were a lot of pretty mailboxes, and I started thinking that we needed to replace ours. After pricing them, and realizing the cost, and acknowledging that all my mailbox needed was a little TLC, I decided that a mailbox refurbishment rather than a replacement was in order. I thought I’d share how I went about refurbishing our mailbox, as it takes only a couple of hours, spaced over a weekend. With the springtime weather, this is such an easy DIY to spruce up your outdoor home!
Okay, so let’s start with the BEFORE shot, so you can see what my challenges were. The black paint was dusty and faded. There was dirt, and even some green (algae?) growing on it, and our house number wasn’t on the mailbox.
Important thing to remember– before you get out your spray paint, clean your surface!!!
This is so hard for me because I love painting, and that’s what I want to do right away, but that’s no always advantageous! Tip: Clean first, paint second! (Oh, and look at the papers that had been building up in the tall grass.)
I used an old sponge, warm water and Dawn Dish Soap(affiliate link for reference). Then I rinsed everything with a rag and warm water, and let the mailbox dry in the sun. I also removed the flag, and cleaned it. It was really grubby too!
The first step, that I started midday Saturday, after the mailbox dried in the sun was priming the mailbox with Rustoleum Gray Primer, as I wasn’t sure about how evenly the adhesion would be across the mailbox.
Before you cut your Vinyl design with your Cricut, make sure that you measure the mailbox, so that you get it the right size. There are lots of different fonts and frames depending on the look that you are going for in Design Space. I wanted a more traditional, classic style.
You’ll have to create two of these designs, and because you are working outside, make sure that you select vinyl that is appropriate for outdoor use, and is permanent. The removal vinyl isn’t the best choice, unless you want to change your house numbers every month or two.
By this time, my mailbox was ready to be painted, and I used two coats of Rustoleum Black Spray paint in a satin finish. I wanted something between high gloss and flat, so I felt this was a good choice. I also noticed that there were a few drips around the door when I was done with the first coat. I used a 3M Fine Grit Sanding Sponge to smooth out any rough areas between coats. (This is due primarily to my gusto with spray painting. However, it’s always good to know that there is a way to fix drips and issues!)
I spaced the two coats out by several hours, and then waited a bit longer before adhering the Street numbers. I want to tell you that this takes a bit of patience, and it actually the hardest part of the mailbox refurbishment. Be patient. You might even want to have someone help you by holding up the transfer paper. Make sure that you use your Cricut Scraper to burnish your vinyl into place. Go slow. Remove the transfer paper carefully!
The very last step is to reattach the flag. Now that everything is done, I drive up to my house, and I’m proud at how nice it looks. Next step is planting a few flowers around the base to complete my mailbox refurbishment.
What projects are you working on this spring? Need some inspiration?
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