A few days ago, our trusty old mailbox’s door hinge broke. Time for a new one!
I went to the hardware store and picked out a basic black steel box. I also picked up a can of yellow spray paint.
Since I wanted to have black numbers, I decided the easiest way would be to make stickers of the numbers to stick on the box before I sprayed it yellow.
Improvising with what I had, I used the sticky side of a laminating sheet to make the number stickers. I first printed the numbers on paper, and taped it to the sheet.
I cut out the first number, and then discovered I’d taped the paper on the wrong side! I hadn’t really thought about it when I taped it, so now I had one backwards 2.
I flipped the laminating sheet around and cut out the remaining numbers (plus an extra non-backwards 2).
After peeling off the backing, I taped the clear number stickers to the box, along with a number of triangle stickers to make a pattern around the address.
After the first coat of yellow spray paint, I realized I probably should have gotten some primer, or at least sprayed a coat of metallic paint first.
It took a number of coats to get the fully saturated bright yellow.
Unfortunately I didn’t get all the coats completed the first day, so had to wait for another bright, sunny, not windy day to finish the last coat.
Finally I was able to reveal the numbers!
(Note that the newspaper I put down to protect the deck railing worked great–except for the parts of the railing that weren’t covered! oops!)
Since I removed the stickers after the paint was completely dry, some of the edges chipped off, but from far away you couldn’t really tell, so I was happy with the results.
I grabbed a screw driver and my new yellow mailbox and went to make the switch.
It wasn’t until I got the two mailboxes together that I realized a big problem. The new mailbox is too small!
I could hardly believe it! It doesn’t even look so much smaller, but it won’t fit on the existing plank.
So I’m back to square one. I really think it’s funny that I went through the whole process and never thought to check that I got the right mailbox in the first place. Coincidentally (and luckily), my brother also needs a new mailbox. He doesn’t even mind that it’s yellow! He’ll be able to put the smaller one to good use, and I get to make myself another yellow mailbox.
Live and learn!