A step by step guide to create an inexpensive way to bring create your own DIY mailbox makeover including minimal supplies and simple, modern design
It’s all fun and games showing you guys the inside of my house (like our office or guest bathroom or even our porch all dolled up for Christmas, for example) like I’ve got it all together, but do you want to see a giant secret that all our poor neighbors know about us?
The outside of our house is a friggin’ disaster. Absolutely zero curb appeal. Zero stars. Would not recommend.
Overgrown bushes against the house, barely alive grass and absolutely dead whatever-this-is that’s literally engulfing our poor mailbox. God bless our mail lady’s arms.
We finally pulled these bushes up which just felt like a deep breath.
Don’t you mind the dead patches of grass. We’re not focusing on that right now. One thing at a time guys. But herein lies the problem – now that the bushes are gone, it’s really obvious our mailbox is a snooze fest. I’m aware that mailboxes shouldn’t be like bedazzled or anything, but it did feel like it was time to give ourselves a little DIY mailbox makeover.
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Steps for your own DIY mailbox makeover:
First, lay out your mailbox on the 4×4 post to measure where it needs to sit.
As you can see in the picture above, draw a line to mark the bottom of your mailbox and then another line 4 inches from that. That will mark where your little cross section post will go and help you with the next step.
Using your circular saw, make a bunch of little scores in the wood so it’s easier to remove with a hammer and chisel.
Add your T bar cross thingie into the slot where you just removed all the scored pieces of wood and screw it into place.
Side note: I was inside while all this was going down and I hear Char say, “Daddy, it kinda looks like a cross! I wish I could die on it like Jesus. Tell mama, “Look, look, I see Jesus on the cross,” and then get her to come out here.”
Pastor’s kid probs. And yes. She’s in her sleep gown. And slide sandals. Holding her play hammer and a rubber mallet. Standing on a chisel. Is it really a custom mailbox if you don’t have all of the aforementioned things?
After creating the mailbox post itself and the support piece (the little piece that makes the other side of the triangle) make sure everything is screwed together and then add the 2×8 cut to size to support your mailbox.
I would give you all measurements for this, but the reality is it’s somewhat subjective so a lot of this was just winging it for us, going by the measurements that we had for the specific mailbox we chose. Sorry, I have tried to tell y’all I’m not good at this DIY instructions thing.
We chose to paint ours white, but you totally don’t have to do this if you don’t want. You can leave it as is, paint it a different color or stain it and seal it. We used white spray paint! I’m sure you could put a coat of paint or 2 on this or 2 if you’d rather do that, but I’m lazy. Shocker.
We attempted to “plant flowers” around here, but let’s be honest – neither one of this duo knows anything about planting flowers or gardening. So, we will see if these last, but the point is the mailbox anyway so just don’t mind the “flowers”.
This is one of our easiest DIY projects we have done yet! And the very first in a looooong list of projects to add curb appeal.
This just goes to show you that in order to create your own DIY mailbox makeover, it really doesn’t have to cost that much or take you a long time. But a pro tip? Before you tear your other one down and put this one up, make sure you either do it on a Sunday or wait until after the mail has come. Not speaking from experience or anything.