Let's be honest, without mailboxes, mailing missives would be... chaotic? Not sure I really want to find out. As a Jane Austen fan, the thought of thick folded paper packets sealed with wax and carried by non-curious horseman is quite the romantic notion I would favorably vote to have reinstated in society.
However, that would put an end to the thousands of creative letterboxes across the globe. Not sure I could choose between the two. I am an artist after all. Isn't this one lovely?
I'm due for a new letterbox!
Come take a look at what I've come up with...
The wall-mounted black letterbox that came with my home has always had a target on it's back. All manner of creative endeavor has bubbled in the back of my mind but certainly never a fire arm. =) This one belongs to a gentleman with some cabinet making skills that made way to his letterbox. I decided to not go too crazy in case of resale, but started my plan of action with enthusiasm.
LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION.
While I always had in mind to go with a post-mounted letterbox, the Postie here actually walks house to house because most folks have their boxes wall-mounted in my neighborhood. I decided this didn't have to be an obstacle though. So instead of curb-side I chose a flower bed in front of the house for my location. This will keep the Postie on his normal foot path, allow for my post-mounted box, and I won't have to walk much further for my missives.
PLANNING, PLANNING, PLANNING.
This part is not to be rushed. Go out and take a good look around. Envision the four seasons on your location. Consider sun, trees, traffic, and most of all before you dig find out if your state or town requires you to call before digging to make sure you won't be crossing lines of ANY kind. My location was vastly close to the house and considering the date of my home I pretty well knew there were no lines in my location. (I had called our dig number some time ago when I had digging done this close to the front of the house. Turns out there are no lines in front of the house underground. Well actually there are two, and I know where they are). I still should have called this time, but did not. Bad Nina! You heard it here!
Consider what will be in your way during the install. Mine was a little complex as I wasn't doing it in open space when doing it curb-side. I used a post hole digger, but once I got into clay I had to use a pick ax. But if you know anything about swinging a pick axe (as I do!), you know that you can't do it easily in close proximity to things, AND it can't be done for a narrow 8" wide hole.
Thus I made a second hole beside the actual hole where I could sit and actually manually dig out portions of clay with a handpick and hammer. Also, not installing curb-side means I can get away with (in my book) an 18" deep hole instead of 24" recommended for curb-side posts. (Actually it's more of a formula that has to do with 1/3 of the total length of the post being under ground.... blah. blah)
DECIDING ON STYLE
Keeping with the aesthetics of my humble abode, I chose a faux stone post-cover and support that comes in a supposed "kit" from Lowes hardware. Mostly on online item... mine took two weeks to arrive. It doesn't come with the actual post that goes into the ground, the mailbox, or the concrete. Be creative, make it yours, but you may want to keep your design to compliment the style of the exterior of your home for the best curb appeal possible.
I SERIOUSLY can not go into all the modifying I did for this entire project. (That's the WORD for the year by the way. Every year there is a word that comes up so often, it's the WORD for the year. Mine this year is "MODIFY".) It's a thing with me, I rarely buy something and use it as-is. It seems I have to change/improve it. I will mention a few... a big one is a clear coat protection on the entire kit. I find they don't make things like they use to. Things created for outdoors these days don't last long. So I coat everything. Either with Krylon or Rustoleum aerosol or a brush-on sealer from Behr that I used in this application.
CHOOSING A LETTERBOX
I choose a brown letterbox that keeps with the warm stones in front of the house, and made the modifications I wanted for a custom design and FIT onto the arm support. I spray painted an orange and red stripe-sequence on the original silver flag, and I enlarged one of my very own rubber stamp designs onto my box. I did this by tracing an enlarged version of it onto low-tac contact paper and cutting it with an x-acto knife. (DO NOT cut your design while the contcat paper is on your letterbox. Do it before hand and don't cut through the back wax paper.) The contact paper served as a temporary decal for my light brown spray paint.
Take heed, you have to carefully consider WHAT your negative space is, which will be the actual color of the mailbox showing through in the final production on your box.
Once done, I wanted the house number on the post, not the letterbox. I couldn't find one retail-wise that I liked so I made mine from scratch from slate. Then I went to work on my flower beds!
I hope your inspired to spruce up your letterbox if it needs a little LOVE.
Add flowers, brighten the name/numbers, a new color, a new theme... the smallest change can have a refreshing impact. Not artistic? No problem, Google: "mailbox cover".
Let this be your call to action. Join the looney letterbox society today!
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
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