Do you have projects around the house that you keep putting off? Me too and this was one of them. Our mailbox was in desperate need of replacing.
About 3 months ago the flag fell off. With the use of duct tape, I was able to make it work for about another week. Then, the tape became useless and so did I. Instead of replacing it, I would just drive to the post office to drop off our out going mail. A couple times, I even wedged the old flag in the front of the mailbox hoping the mailman would get the hint. Yes people, this is laziness at it’s best.
Finally, it was time. I had put it off long enough. I just had to get a new one. So I headed off to Lowes and bought the cheapest one I could find. To jazz it up a bit, I decided to painted our house number on it.
First, I printed out the letters and number out on plain white copy paper. Then, they were traced onto freezer paper.
Next, using an x-acto knife, I cut out each piece to create a stencil.
With the help of these floating hands, I taped the stencils to the mailbox.
After testing some different types of paints on the bottom of the mailbox, I realized none of them were going to stick unless I sanded first. So using a pencil wrapped with sandpaper I roughed up each letter and number.
Because I don’t have one of those fancy spouncers, I use a regular old sponge brush to apply white exterior latex paint. This type of paint seemed to adhere the best.
Finally, I removed the stencils and voila. I have a numbered mail box.
I am really happy with the results. I think our mail man will be please to no longer be notified we have outgoing mail like this:
What projects on your to-do list do you keep putting off?