Giant Mailbox Makeover

Today I'm sharing a little redo I did on a GIANT mailbox :o)

giant mailbox makeover



Here are a couple of before shots... you may remember this from Treasure Trove Tuesday - Vintage Pickin'! It doesn't look so bad from this side...


But take a look at the lovely paint job on the other side! Eek!


The first thing I did was give it a coat of burgundy paint that was left over from my front door. I'll be honest here too... I didn't even clean the thing first, sometimes I think a little dirt just adds to the rustic/weathered appeal that I'm going for!


And then I sanded it a little bit.


Then I took some chocolate brown paint and slopped that all over it then wiped some off with an old rag and sanded it again.


Then I took some light gray and dry brushed it all over hoping to give it an aged effect.


And of course sanded it yet again to bring out the embossed words and details.



I thought it would be cute to put plants in...



And it would be kind of cool on a picnic or patio table to hold napkins, paper plates, silverware, etc.


One of my friends was over visiting and when I showed him he said "Oh, I LIKE that!" so it's now his :o) He always does a lot to help me out when I need it so he deserves to have it plus it's pretty heavy and would cost a lot to ship if I sold it in my Etsy shop! He mentioned putting a plant in it or perhaps using it to hold his barbecue utensils or something.


So from this...


 To this in just a few easy steps :o)


10 comments

  1. I love the way it turned out! And it looked cool with the flowers spilling out!

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  2. You did a great job Tania - it looks fabulous, we don't have lovely mail boxes here in the UK most that I have seen are just black or white and a boring square sort of shape. I must say I rather fancy something like this, it is very stylish and reminds me of old american movies I have seen.

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    1. Thank you Lorna! I didn't realize that they don't have mailboxes like this where you are! Mailboxes this size are usually only for homes out in the country/farmland where I am. :o)

      Tania

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  3. Quite eye catching now! Like it with the plant too. Clever idea for something we no longer seem to see anywhere!

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  4. That turned out great...love the paint effect! So sweet of you to give it to your friend...:) Have a great weekend. Any plans to go treasure hunting?

    Blessings, Vicky

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  5. I love it! Great job, it looks super old now.

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  6. Love it. Found one at am estate sale and will set it on a post for doves. I will paint it like yours.

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  7. Love it. Found one at am estate sale and will set it on a post for doves. I will paint it like yours.

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