A couple of weeks ago I shared 14 easy DIY projects to update your curb appeal, and it REALLY made me think about our poor neglected front yard. Everyday I come home I look at my plain ‘ol beat up mailbox and want to change it. I have wanted to do something about it forever, but didn’t actually do anything until this last week.We bought our house 5 years ago and have barely done anything to this little 1920′s home. Home improvement projects can be intimidating/pricey/and so very final. Know what I mean?
So, I got some guts and changed the mailbox. The best part about this project: it was free for me. I already had all the supplies to fix up this old guy. If you don’t have a crazy supply of spray paint/wood/and glue lying around, not a problem. It may cost you around $15 to update your dated mailbox.
- an old mailbox
- medium-grit sandpaper
- white metal primer spray paint
- gold spray paint
- hot pink spray paint
- clear acrylic sealer spray
- E6000 adhesive
- black acrylic paint
- roughly 42 inches of 2 inch wide x 1/4 inch thick pine wood (the amount you need will depend on your mailbox)
Remove any lose paint and rough up the metal surface with the medium-grit sandpaper.
Remove any dirt/dust with a wet rag.
Spray in the inside of the mailbox: In a well ventilated area (preferably outside wearing a mask and eye protection), spray paint the inside of your mailbox with multiple coats of the white primer (following dry time instructions on your paint can). Follow the primer with 2 – 3 coats of hot pink spray paint. Let the inside of your mailbox dry completely (24 hours +). When the paint has had a chance to dry for 24 + hours, cover the inside surface of the mailbox with painters tape and plastic to protect it from this next step.
Spray the outside of the mailbox: In a well ventilated area (preferably outside wearing a mask and eye protection), spray paint the outside of your mailbox with multiple coats of the white primer, following dry time instructions on your paint can. Follow the primer with multiple coats of gold spray paint. I applied around 6 coats of this stuff. Let the inside of your mailbox dry completely (48 hours +).
Note: metal can be difficult to paint. If not done properly, it will peel or chip off easily. It’s pretty important to follow your spray paint instructions on your can. I find getting all the coats of paint done within 2 – 3 hours is best. If you wait too long in between coats, sometimes the paint will bubble. Applying multiple thin coats of paint will help avoid drips of paint.
When I finished the painting steps I decided I really didn’t like the fleur de lis piece of the mailbox, so I pried it off and added a wooden frame over the space.
I used 42 inches of 2 inch wide by 1/4 thick pine wood. Your amount will depend on the size of your mailbox. You’ll need two pieces for the front, and 4 little pieces for the side. Measure out your wood pieces for the front and sides. Use a mitor box and saw to cut angled corners for your wood pieces.
Note: Don’t have a mitor box or saw? You can find them for pretty cheap at any home improvement store, or you can skip the side pieces and just put the wood on the front of the mailbox. I think that would still look lovely.
Use your E6000 adhesive to glue the wood pieces onto your mailbox. Let the adhesive dry overnight.
Create a house number template on your computer and print it out. The font size will depend on your mailbox. Cut out the font template you made. Use a pencil to trace the numbers in the center of the wood frame. FYI: I used the free Chunkfive font for my template.
Use a fine point paintbrush to carefully paint the black acrylic paint into your traced numbers on the wood. Let the paint dry a couple hours and use a pencil to erase any left over pencil marks.
Let’s finish this project! Use your clear acrylic spray to seal the whole mailbox. Note: the spray will dull the gold a bit and darken the wood, but it will add some more protection to the paint and wood (so it was worth it in my mind). Let the spray dry for 24 – 48 hours.
Install your fancy new mailbox!
I’m so happy with how this turned out (my favorite part is the pop of hot pink inside).
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
I know we’re past Christmas, but there are still reasons to celebrate! We’ve got New Years, Valentines, and my birthday (hee) just around the corner! Let’s toast to all these good times with my Striped Painted Glassware! Earlier this year I created a separate design to be included in Make Your Day ebook my friend Chelsea and I built, but we later realized a mistake in the original pieces and needed to scrap the idea. I’ve edited and perfected this glassware and now it’s ready to share with you, and I LOVE how they turned out.
Make a set for your New Years toast, here’s how:
- Martha Stewart Glass Paint: white, gold, and blue
- new or thrifted glassware (tip: it’s hard to paint clean lines on tapered/curves glassware, I suggest straight glassware if you can find it)
- rubbing alcohol
- paint brush
- washi tape
- optional: X-acto knife
- From the top of your glasses, measure down 1 – 2 inches from the opening and wrap around a piece of washi tape. The Martha Stewart Paint is not food safe, so you need to give enough room so your mouth won’t touch the paint.
- Measure up from the base of the glass about 1/2″ and wrap a piece of washi tape around it.
- Time to tape off the vertical lines. The washi tape I used was 1/2 inch wide, so I tried to create 1/4″ – 1/2″ spaces to paint. Tip: if you use an even number of vertical taped washi strips, you will get an even number of spaces to paint. This is ideal if you are using 2 paint colors for the lines and don’t want a color to repeat. If you don’t get even lines, no worries. Just paint that extra line with gold paint. I chose to go this route.
- Use your finger to press down all the tape spots. Be sure there are no bubbles along the tape edge where paint can bleed under the tape.
- Let’s get painting! This first paint step is optional, but I like it. If you’d like a bit of gold for the undercoat (that you can see from the inside of the glass) paint 2 – 3 layers of gold paint on the vertical paint spaces (letting each coat dry about 20 minutes).
- Next up, paint a layer of white paint over all the gold. The gold paint is a bit transparent and this will help. Let this layer dry about 15 – 20 minutes.
- On every other stripe, paint 1 – 2 coats of blue paint (letting dry about 15 – 20 minutes in between coats). On the remaining white stripes, add more coats of white (if needed). Note: if you have an uneven number of stripes, paint your gold stripe now. You’ll probably need to paint 2 layers of gold. Let dry 15 – 20 minutes.
- Peeling off the washi tape can be a bit tricky. If you let the paint on the glassware dry completely, the paint may tear off when peeling off the tape. Pull the tape off with in 30 minutes of the last cost, very carefully. OR, use an x-acto knife to trace along the tape and paint line.
- When the tape is off, let the glassware dry completely. I suggest overnight. Tip: if you notice any spots the paint may have bled under the tape, you can use the tip of your x-acto knife to scrape it off.
- You have two options to make your paint job permanent. The Martha Stewart Paint instructions say you can let the pieces dry for 21 days, or bake them. In my experience baking has worked better with this paint. I haven’t had much luck with waiting 21 days, plus I’m inpatient. Hee. Here are the Martha Sterwart Paint baking instructions: “When oven curing, make sure your piece is completely dry before setting it in the oven. Be careful to not allow any painted surfaces to be resting or touching anything while in the oven and start with your piece in a cool oven before turning it up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and baking for 30 minutes. Allow your piece to cool completely before handling.”
You’re done! Give as an awesome hostess gift with some bubbly, or keep for yourself and toast to YOU for a job well done!
Happy New Year!
When I think of the color green, there are hundreds of tones that come to mind. Mostly because there are so many versions of green available. Forest, emerald, lime and celadon just to name a few. Whatever green that you fancy, try pairing it with silver and white. It gives the green a chance to pop and look stylish and trendy at the same time. I focus a lot on living spaces when I write this column. Today I want to style a bedroom using green, white and silver. Inspired by the skirt seen below, here’s the look:
Below is a stunning bedroom, showcasing a beautiful, bold green. Would you decorate using this color palette?
Image: Because I’m Addicted
One color that doesn’t get the credit it deserves is plum. It can feel like a intimidating color to use in a space. Because it is a vibrant hue, it needs to be paired with neutral tones. When pairing it with neutral tones, it has an easier time showcasing itself. You don’t want to have an over abundance of plum in your space. It’s better to introduce it in small portions. If you choose to use it in a large piece of furniture, don’t introduce it in much more unless it’s a vase or throw pillow. Using a plum wallpaper would be a striking addition to your space and would be a better choice than painting an entire wall plum. The pattern in the wallpaper will break up this color choice and allow it to not feel so overwhelming. Inspired by the outfit below, here’s the look:
Color Inspiration: Dress.
A hue like Grandeur Plum should be used sparingly. Try it one large piece, in wallpaper, accent wood furniture and small accessories.
Below is a beautiful living space incorporating plum. What are your thoughts? Would you decorate using plum?
No other color says style and glamor like red. It’s the universal color that adds elegance and sophistication to any space. It can also be a very intimidating color to incorporate. The key for using red is using it sparingly throughout your space. Don’t over use it or you might wind up with a headache. Pairing it with the right colors is also an important detail. I like pairing red with neutral colors and then adding splashes of salmon or even blue to keep it looking modern and fresh. Below we see Julia from Gal Meets Glam pairing her red trench coat with a pair of blue wide leg jeans. It looks effortlessly lovely. To incorporate this in your home, get the look here:
Color Inspiration: Coat.
Use Gypsy Red on an accent wall, in upholstered furniture and in accessories.
Color Inspiration: Scarf and Skirt.
A blue such as Rainstorm can be used in fabrics and patters.
A pretty accent color to incorporate with this red is Coral Bead. Use it in fabrics, accessories and wallpapers. Also, create a neutral backdrop with whites and grays.
We see below a living space that incorporates all of these color elements. What are your thoughts?
Image: Pierre Yovanovitch.
Whether you like it or not, it’s fall! Some places are experiencing fall more than others. Where I’m from, we have a beautiful, colorful fall season. The trees turn epic hues of orange, red, brown and deep deep green. The weather becomes crisp and cool, making one desire warm textures and fabrics. When I first saw the outfit below I instantly got excited for early fall. It’s a season where you can layer those warm and deep shades in your outfits and in your home. Burnt orange, army green and cranberry red look stunning together. All you need to do is anchor those colors with neutrals such as black, cream and add a splash of gold to the mix. Here’s the look:
Color Inspiration: Jacket.
Shady Lane is one of my favorite green hues to use on a wall, in accessories and even in upholstered pieces.
Color Inspiration: Shirt.
For a creamy wall color, try Butter Pecan.
Color Inspiration: boots.
Use Rustique in accessories and fabrics. It’s the perfect warm tone.
Below we see some of our favorite fall color trends being used in this hip and cool living space. What are your thoughts??
Image via Vintage Revivals.