Introducing “Our New Black Mailbox with Flower Box” reveal!
The Old Mailbox
Mailboxes really don’t get enough credit, and they are often over looked when folks update their home. Our mailbox is no exception, and was getting extremely old. Our home was built in 1994 and when we moved in about 12 years ago, this is what our mailbox looked like…
I actually loved that big white finial on top, and looked forward to cleaning, painting, and uncovering the pretty bricks that were buried at the bottom (can you see them?). You can view that first makeover here: Mailbox Makeover 2014.
It really looked fantastic, but as time marched on it started to crack, turn yellow from our rusty sprinkler water, and even the big white finial fell off one winter 😲. I was so upset when the big white ball fell off, I actually thought someone stole it 😆. Instead of calling the finial police, I snapped out of my mailbox mania, and found it laying in the snow.
Eventually, I ended up searching for a solar lamp post (light topper) to replace the finial. I don’t have a photo, but it was very cute, especially at night when it lit up and we needed to see out there when we took the trash out, or got the mail. Unfortunately, the new light topper didn’t do much for the rest of the mailbox. It just got older and older looking, and paint just wouldn’t cover all of the age. Sounds like me trying to cover up my wrinkles, lol. It was definitely time to figure out how to get a new mailbox.
The New Black Mailbox
Tah dah! Here’s the new beautiful black mailbox the day she was installed by a local company I found on-line. I got very lucky and found a nice man (and his employees) who installs mailboxes and road signs for a living. They gave us an extremely reasonable price of $650.00 total which included removing our old mailbox, discarding it (they saved my light & decor for me), the entire mailbox including the post, metal mailbox, and the flower box. They even added the temporary tiny numbers up front until I find time to put on the new big ones we ordered (I’m using gold adhesive modern numbers).
I know what you’re thinking. Black is very dramatic for a mailbox, and might shock some of you, but let me tell you why we went with all black. First, I happen to love black. If you have been on our home tour you’ll find black throughout our home, especially in our kitchen. Another very important reason is that our sprinklers rain on our mailbox and the rust in the water turns white into yellow. There was just no way we could do white again. Lastly, my decorating props are going to POP on a black mailbox-BOOM!
Decorating the New Mailbox
The day the mailbox was installed —👉🏻I screamed 👈🏻—I mean I was shocked at how beautiful it was, I just couldn’t wait to decorate it for fall. Believe it or not, all of the items I used (aside from the pumpkins which were stolen from our “Fall Cascading Steps“) came from our yard. Everything is real, and 100% free. The bottom of the box is filled with soil. I can’t wait to decorate this box for Christmas. I’m thinking fresh pine, solar lights, and red/green ornaments.
I could tell my husband was excited about the new “chic” mailbox too, because he went with me to find something to give it a nice border around the bottom (he gets all the credit for that I just helped design it). The original bricks that were there before were long gone, and used elsewhere. We chose the closest brick we could find to match the brick on our house. Here’s our house all painted fresh if you’re interested in seeing what color we used with red brick. It’s a stone cold stunna. By the way, we planted mini Daffodils in the soil for next spring. I think they will look so cute up against the black mailbox.
If your mailbox needs replacing, I suggest searching well established mailbox/street sign installing companies that have been around for a while (ask for referrals). The local company we used (email@example.com) gave me the different color options to choose from, and it only took 1 person, 1 hour to complete the job. If you wish to try this yourself which is totally do-able, look for tutorials on line to see if that is the path you want to take. My husband definitely could have managed this himself, however we decided the price was extremely reasonable, especially with such a gorgeous mailbox (price is listed at beginning of post).Posted by