We have lived in this house for about three years. When we first moved in, our mail box looked like this. Since our last name isn’t O’Brian, we purchased a new one and replaced it. A couple short years later, it was already time for a mailbox makeover, 1) because the “new” one already faded from direct sunlight, and 2) we painted our house from brown and tan to black and gray.
This is such a simple weekend DIY project, or shall I say, Sunday project because it’s the mailman’s day off. It takes less than an hour including drying time and is great for curb appeal. Here was our mailbox before.
The pole wasn’t looking very great either.
First, we removed all the hardware.
Since this mailbox is only a couple years old, there wasn’t any rust. If there is rust on your mailbox, a wire metal brush works great. Just gently scrub the rusted area and then wipe and clean away the debris. We used indoor/outdoor spray paint for metal. We used pewter gray for the mailbox, red for the flag, and black for the handle. We spray painted two coats outside in a well ventilated area. For more tips on painting metal, check out how we painted our metal gate.
While the paint was drying, I painted the pole black with leftover paint we had from painting our house.
My husband reassembled everything. It’s amazing how such a small thing can be a huge eyesore. Now it looks great and blends in perfectly with our house.
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