Makeover your mailbox


    Curb appeal is a major factor when searching for or selling a home and is commonly overlooked or not considered at all. When on the hunt for a new home, we drive by or pull into the driveway to imagine ourselves living there. We question if the home fits our personal style; after all, first impressions are lasting impressions. This how-to will help get your home’s exterior in tip-top shape!

    Mailbox Makeover
    (Max Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes; $15 budget)

    Materials: drop cloth, rust-proof enamel spray paint in black, brown, white or navy (choose color-coordinating paint that matches house), 1 quart of white or beige satin exterior latex paint, two sets of house numbers, 100-grit sanding sponge, power drill, respirator mask and latex gloves
    1.    Remove existing house numbers and flag.
    2.    Lightly sand any rough areas on the mailbox.
    3.    Lightly spray 1st coat of spray paint (read instructions of shaking and distance allowed).
    4.    Dry for 10 minutes before spraying 2nd light coat.
    5.    Dry for 10 minutes before taping on mailbox.
    6.    Tape off freshly painted mailbox from mailbox post.
    7.    Paint mailbox post a matching house trim color; let dry for 45 minutes.
    8.    Spray paint house numbers if needed; spray paint red flag with red spray paint
    9.    Screw house numbers vertically on the mailbox post, or on both the right and left sides, or on mailbox itself; replace red flag.

    Tip: Consider planting a small semi-circle annual plant bed around the base of mailbox post for a pop of color.

    —“Yard Princess” Kimberly Lacy



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