Mailbox makeover {Improving Curb Appeal}

April 14, 2013 AT 9:40 pm 55 Comments

 

 

mailbox makeover

We moved into our house almost two years ago, and we inherited this sad, sad little mailbox when we did.

mailbox makeover

The red flag was broken and the numbers were barely hanging on.  And the mailbox was connected to the wood post with one little screw so it would flip sideways when the wind was blowing real hard.  Smile

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About 6 months after we moved into our home, our sweet little neighbor girl down the street, Ana, asked me, “Are you gonna get a new mailbox?”

I had to laugh.  Even a child knew it was time for a mailbox makeover.

Well Ana, it’s a year later, but we are gonna finally get a new mailbox!

Yay!!

We had originally planned to build a brick mailbox, but when we saw this gray cast stone mailbox kit at Lowe’s online, we knew we wanted it.Eye Level Gray Cast Stone Mailbox Post

Eye Level Gray Cast Stone Mailbox Post

 

We ordered it online, and it was in the store, ready to be picked up, in just two days!  That’s quick!

It was so easy to install and took us less than a few hours.

Here’s what we did:

We dug a new hole in the ground 18 inches deep and inserted a 4×4 post in the hole.

 

 

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Next, we filled the hole with QuickCrete from Lowe’s.

 

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All we had to do was pour water on top of the Quickcrete and let it sit for about an hour to harden.

 

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But be sure to check and make sure it is level before you let it harden.

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Take a break and go eat some chocolate or get a coke from McDonald’s while the Quickcrete is setting.

Then come back and slide the cast stone post over top of the 4×4 wood post.

 

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The front of the cast stone post will lay flat against the front of the 4×4 post.  This way, when you screw in the mailbox holder and mailbox to the front of the cast stone post, it will join the two together making the post sturdy.  Clear as mud?  Smile

 

 

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And oh yeah, BE SURE TO CHECK AND MAKE SURE IT IS LEVEL.

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Then add the cap stone on top.  We applied an epoxy underneath to keep it on.

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Drill holes in the cast stone post where you would like your mailbox holder to go. Then screw the mailbox holder to the post using the screws provided in the box.

I really, really wanted a red flag on my mailbox, but the mailbox I liked at Lowes, {with the pretty handle}, had a silver flag on it.  Boo.

So I solved that problem real quick by buying a can of red Rustoleum spray paint while I was at Lowe’s, and then I spray painted that baby when I got home.

 

I just left the plastic that came on the mailbox on, poked the flag out of the plastic, and spray painted it.  Easy!

 

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Once it was dry, we screwed the mailbox to the mailbox holder.

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Instead of putting the numbers on the mailbox, I decided to use this reflector number sign from Lowe’s.

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I love it, and you will be able to see our house numbers when your car lights hit it at night.

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Look, no more broken red flag!  I might actually enjoy mailing my bill payments now that I get to raise that cute little red flag when I do.  Okay, who am I kidding? That’s not gonna happen.

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But I can still enjoy it when I send out birthday cards!

I added some mulch around the base and planted some pretty red dahlia flowers from Lowe’s.

 

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I am so excited about this makeover!  It’s been a long time coming, and it makes me smile just looking at it.

 

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So what do you think, Ana?  Did we do good?

 

 

Want some more DIY inspiration? Check out Lowe’s Creative Ideas for free ideas and plans:

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Disclaimer:  I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase the supplies for this project.  The idea of this project was my own, as well as the manner in which I shared it.  All opinions are 100% mine.  Halleluiah and Amen!

Linking to…

Home Stories A2Z
TDC Before and After

 






Comments

  1. What a neat kit! We have the same kind of mailbox and it’s in need of some serious love too. Pinning this!
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  2. Love it! Great job and yall make it look so easy. When you paint your brick white on the house you might think about painting the brick on the post too, only if you wanted it to match. It’s really nice the color it is now. Just seeing the brick on it reminded me of the posts of white brick houses you have posted in the past.

    The snowplow man took our our mailbox, so we will be re-doing ours very soon. Thanks for the inspiration and the pics!

  3. Looks beautiful! Delivery guys everywhere are thanking you!

  4. This is really awesome! Too bad we have one of those box type mailboxes that has doors for six or seven houses on the street. I’m a fan.

  5. beautiful!
    excellent job..
    I see you smiling!! ;)
    all the way to the mailbox and back!

  6. You definitely “did good”! I can’t believe it’s a kit. My dad has moved the redwood mailbox he built to every house we lived in. It was built to match their original house in California and it’s really amazing how much it adds everywhere it goes. Plus, it’s just a bit of our family history. When we lived in Belgium, our neighbors thought we were nuts, but still really liked it. We had to get a variance to put it up!

  7. I LOVE it!! Ugh, so dang cute! Now I’ll know your house when I come crash sometime. Maybe I’ll just surprise you. ;)

  8. That is really good looking! It looks fairly easy to do. Was everything in the kit together?

    Great idea.

    Judy
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  9. very nice!

  10. Donnella says:

    Looks great.

  11. You guys did a great job!! A+++

  12. Love it! Do you remember what type of flowers you planted underneath it? THey are really sweet!

  13. This is beautiful but than I wouldn’t think you would do anything else. When we had snow, someone hit our mail box and we will have to do something soon. Could you tell me how much this kit cost because I really love the looks. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I am so amazed at all the projects you have gotten done!! This one looks custom and came in a kit. Who would guess?!! What an impact to your property entrance. I’m laughing at that neighbor girl’s comment!!! Hey she won’t even recognize your box!!!

  15. Love it Traci!! It turned out great,
    Claire
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  16. Tammy Gilleland says:

    I love this kit and will be looking to buy something similar. Our mailbox is grouped with others in one stop. However, I have a post that was originally put up and told from out mail delivery person that we must put our mailbox with the others. So I hooked a flower box to it and it’s looking pretty shabby. I may do a facelift to it and use the kit with a flower box attached instead of a mailbox. Thank you so much for sharing. It looks beautiful!

  17. I’m jealous! I live on a dirt road and the Post Office says it’s too rough for them so no mailboxes for anyone on my street. And it isn’t even rough! We have it smoothed every couple of years – plus it’s AZ! So, no mud. We have to go to the Post Office for our mail. Ugh!
    Love your mailbox though! – maybe one day :)

  18. Traci~Beautiful transformation! And it looks harder than it really was. I love everything about your new mailbox. Great job! ~Linda

  19. Living on a rural mail route, getting the mail from the box is one of my favorite times of day! We share a post with a couple neighbors but your project makes me think a makeover is in the near future…
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  20. GORGEOUS! :-)

  21. Beautiful!! I went to Lowes website to investigate price…no longer available. Bummer.
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  22. Love it! What an improvement, I never would have believed it was a whole kit :)
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  23. Oh man my mailbox is just as bad as your “before” picture, minus the broken flag. I’m heading to lowes.com to check out that kit!!

    Thank you. :)

    Anna
    askannamoseley.com

  24. This looks amazing! Talk about an impressive before and after…love it!

  25. Linda Goepper says:

    Love it! Great Job.

  26. I am liking your new mailbox, thought it was going to be a stone tutorial! But even more, I am loving that view I see with all the trees and no houses across the street.

  27. I love your new mailbox its very cool. But I’ve always wondered this about the US and the flags on your mailboxes (I’m Australian) does the mail man pick up outgoing mail from your letterbox as well as drop off incoming mail?

    • Jackie B says:

      In the states, the mailman does indeed take your outgoing mail with him. That being said, it isn’t very safe to pay your bills with checks in the mail that way. There has been rampant theft of outgoing bills and check “laundering.” The ink is washed off everywhere except the signature, and the check is rewritten to “cash” and then cashed at currency exchanges. My brother in law is a postmaster and says it happens all of the time. I even mailed out invitations to a birthday party once to see a few washed up in the pond across the street from my house. I no longer mail anything from my box and take to to a regular postal box.

  28. Love it! It’s so nice and I would never have guessed it came in a simple kit like that. In my neighborhood, they use those big community mailboxes, so I’ll just have to be jealous of your cute little mailbox! :)

  29. that is really a great looking mailbox!!
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  30. I really love it! I wish I had an actual mailbox..we have a community mailbox of about a billion boxes in one big ugly silver box. :(

  31. That looks so much better! I would be thrilled with the results. Great tutorial. I had no idea that the stone just slipped over the post.

  32. Wow! You guys did good! :-)

  33. Wow! That mailbox makes a huge difference in your curb appeal! I love that it comes in a super easy kit to put together. You did do a great job!

  34. Bertie DeWane says:

    Oh my gosh!!! This is the most beautiful mailbox I’ve ever seen. I was even more excited when I saw your husband putting the stone cover on “in one piece.” It’s probably more than husband will want to spend on a new mailbox (I checked Lowe’s website) but I think I’ll start saving for it. I love it!!!!

    • Thanks, Bertie!
      I ordered it online, so I was hoping it looked as pretty in person, and I have to say it does! I just love how easy it was. It was a lot easier than building our own brick mailbox, and honestly, I think it has more “charm.”

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Traci

  35. I love it! As soon as I finish typing this, I’m going to Lowes.com to see if they have them in my area! I had to smile when I noticed “your” projects also require a hubby to, assist! Mine loves when I tell him I have a great idea! Anyway, great job! What a difference!

  36. oh my gosh, i thought you put those stones on with some mortar and all that. this is a great improvement and clearly way simpler than i thought!
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  37. What a difference! This looks awesome and I love the color of the stone! I wish we had a mailbox. We have those ugly shared mail box things.

    Lura
    x
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  38. Oh I LOVE this idea! I’ve been dying to re-do my mailbox and this is just TOO GOOD. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    Kaylynn
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  39. That is gorgeous! Now I want one! One more thing to add to the list!

  40. I LOVE it! Gonna check it out. I especially liked the instructions that said to go eat chocolate!

  41. I love your mailbox make over. I am planning to buy the same stone post kit from Lowes. I just love the sign you added to it with the house numbers. Did you get that at Lowes too?

  42. This is a beautiful mailbox! Our neighbors recently installed a similar one and it really is amazing how much a mailbox can do for curb appeal!

  43. Love it! I’m on my way to Lowe’s!!!

  44. Looks great! I ordered mine from Home Depot . Then I purchased the post. Husband will install this wknd. I can hardly wait!!

  45. Awesome job! We have a mailbox just like your old one. Would love the numbers, but our Post Office requires they be on the box. Still, I think I am going to ask them about the ones you have if we put them on both sides!

  46. I also got this mailbox, it gets lots of compliments. Now I want to paint the brick on the lower half of my house the same colors. I matched three of the colors and got brick paint from Home Depot, I painted some loose bricks in the back yard as a test. But, it doesn’t look the same. I think I need to dilute the paint. Do you have any ideas?
    thanks,
    John

  47. Question:
    You put this up a year ago and I am wondering how it is holding up? Are you still happy with the way it is wearing?
    Thank you for taking the time to answer.
    Cindy

  48. Looks great did you use wood screws, and what size screws to adhere address in stone and reach wood post? Or did you use self tappers?

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