April 14, 2012

DIY Mailbox Remodel

My mom has an awesome gigantic mailbox she got at a flea market or somewhere; I'm really not sure.  But, I thought I would paint it for her to match her pallet chair I made for her birthday last year. 

This is how the mailbox looked when I got it:

After the first coat of paint:

I also painted the inside where it was beginning to rust.
I let that dry overnight and then added a second coat.
I added as second base coat and then began painting the pawprints & info.

Too bad it started raining and the project moved into the basement.

I painted pawprints all over just like I did the chair.
Finally the sun came out and I could move back outside.

I painted the right side and back with pawprints.

Left side

The front I painted simply the address and the rusted over wording that orginally was printed on the mailbox.

Finally I was able to paint the bottom.

I painted FedEx and UPS on the left side so delivery folks would be aware of the purpose of the box.

Afer it was completely dry I sprayed it all twice with Minwax Polyeruethane spray to insure it would not rust and the black paint wouldn't run even though it was outdoor paint.

Now my dad just has to mount it on a post and my mom will have a mailbox for packages that matches her pallet chair.  It was alot of fun and I'm moving on to my next project.  But, I love making things for people so this made it especially more fun for me,  I hope she enjoys it as much as I did making it


Rusthawk said...

It's amazingly awesome! Wow. And huge! Love the custom paint job. :)

Anonymous said...

Neat paw prints. Was diesel the dog involved as the pattern? Great idea.
Mike the Geek