Curb Appeal Chronicles – Mailbox
Project curb appeal continues with the next step in apeal-i-fying our mailbox. I explained yesterday how we have very little curb…so every little improvement packs a punch.
and today I wanna chat about the same transformative power on our mailbox.
As you can see, our mailbox numbers were uber classy. like riding an ostrich to a red carpet event. ugly off center sticker numbers are not exactly fitting for our style house.
I began with the fun task of sticker removal…
I tried out this De-Solv-it first with a straight razor. I knew it worked wonders on some gum that got on a stroller wheel and then into our SUV’s trunk upholstery so I figured it was worth the try.
I just sprayed down the entire thing and used a straight razor to work the numbers off as well as a paper towel to get some random tape residue left behind from flyers attached to the face of the mailbox.
Around the eagle was the hardest because it was raised but eventually the entire face was clean and smooth. See how it discolored where the stickers were? It’s just the non-faded bits and we made sure it was ultra-free of any debris.
Next I whipped out my frog tape and took extra-special care in covering all the rocks around the mailbox. Mailboxes aren’t that pricey to replace – but since this one is cemented inside the pillar – that option is out. So spraypaint it is.
I was worried that the overspray could get the rest of the stones black…so extra paper and tape did the protective job. Between the tape and the paper, my stones were safe. No glove, no love my precious mailbox
I started on the inside with slow even strokes of the paint can and then worked my way out.
After that was dry, I started with the front of the lid. I know it looks like there is some pink in the paint but it is just my shirt reflection.
After tape removal – we got a chance to see the finished product…and we ADORE it. It looks like a brand new box. Even our mail lady Margaret told us that she loved the new box – and really that is the ultimate stamp of approval, right?! That’s like Ken Paves telling you he likes your haircut. High five to me!
While we were working on the box, we also tackled another curb appeal issue…a broken stone from the mailbox pillar. This isn’t our first time around the stone-repair-block…so we knew exactly what would work. (here’s a video on how we fixed one before!)
A little liquid nails and a whole lotta pressure got the first piece in place…
Then Jer placed the second piece in and wiped any excess glue away quickly with a damp paper towel.
Note the very fancy support system to hold it in place while it hardened fully.
Some else is learning the joys of Frog tape….also known as Froggie Tape around here
So that’s how we repaired a little stone work, revamped the mailbox and prepped the front for the final beautification efforts….namely a new number plaque and a way to hide that weird transition between our drainage pavers and the neighbors. Coming tomorrow, mmkay!?
Have you guys been tackling any curb appeal projects lately? Or perhaps you are working more on inside appeal projects? Do tell.