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Mailbox Makeover Adds Instant Curb Appeal

If your mailbox has seen its better days, like mine had, it might be time for a mail box makeover!

Nothing creates a first impression in your front yard more than a well detailed and maintained mailbox.  Unfortunately, mine was an eyesore and needed a lot of TLC, so I recently spent the afternoon giving it a new look.

This project gave our home some much needed TLC and gave me an old mailbox to repurpose for my garden tool storage. A win – win in my book!
This budget friendly mailbox makeover adds instant curb appeal to my front drive entry.

Create some Curb Appeal with a Mailbox Makeover

The mailbox was on a post that was rotting away. The post leaned over, the mail box was rusted, and the plants in the planter box underneath it were neglected and full of weeds. My mailbox was a real eyesoreBeing one to not spend any money on projects if I don’t have to, I decided to straighten the mailbox, remove the old paint and sand and paint it white.

Little did I know that “the best laid plans of mice and men (and women!) often go astray!”  I spent four hours in the hot sun on this part of the project.My first attempt at the mailbox makeoverThe mailbox was fairly straight, but the wood was still somewhat rotted, and the paint would not all come off.

Also, my husband came home and said “the mailbox is too far from the road, let’s move it closer and get a new post.”  Sigh…

A quick search on Google gave me these directions for placement of a mailbox.


Photo Credit USPS

Since my old mailbox was about 4 feet back from the road, not 6 inches, it became clear why the mail person had been driving over my verge and destroying my grass!

Back to the drawing board.  So it was off to Home Depot, and back with a new mail box post.Mailbox postThe next steps were doing some quick measuring and digging a hole for the new post. Since I could literally say this way my husband’s idea, I gave him a honey do list and kept him busy for a few hours while I supervised.

The ground where we wanted to put the new post was very compacted from the mail truck driving over it, so it required some chiseling with a crowbar.

Since the ground was so compacted, a post hole digger would not work. Believe it or not, he chiseled and scooped with a garden trowel to get the perfect hole 14″ deep.

He had an extra post that was 4 x 4 inches, so it was used as his tester.

Digging the mailbox post holeWhile he did this job, I busied myself with painting the bottom of the new mailbox post so it would not rot from the water in the ground.painting the bottom of the post Once the hole was the perfect size, we inserted the new post into the hole, and leveled it both vertically and horizontally.

This was pretty easy due to the compact size of the hole which gave very little “wiggle room.”Leveling the mailbox postThe next step was to stabilize the mailbox post by using quick drying cement on the edges of the hole.  Richard enlarged it slightly by using the crow bar to give a bit of room on all four edges of the post.

In went the quick dry concrete, and some water.  A bit more leveling and it was fixed.

This stuff is amazing. It set in just 30 minutes and the mailbox did not move even the tiniest bit and is very stable now.

Quick set cement stablizes a mailboxWhile we waited for this to dry, my husband removed the old mailbox post, proudly displayed the mailbox and used a pick axe to dig up the soil around the mail box.  When he was finished, he said “Let’s buy a new mailbox!”  Sigh…

removing old mailbox post

We chose a mailbox that was shorter than the old one but a bit wider.  I love the way it looks on the post.

We added the house numbers by using adhesive 2″ gold house numbers.  This added the labeling that the post office requires.

Mail box numbers

The mailbox post had an sort of unfinished top to it.  I purchased a wooden egg and we used a double threaded dowel screw to attach it to the post.

It also added a bit of height and the thread holds it firmly in place.Mailbox topperNext came three coats of Behr Primer Plus Utra paint in a pure white color.  The paint is a paint and primer mixed so I did not have to use primer.

It was warm the day I painted, so I finished this in just one afternoon.  Two covered it perfectly, but the wood is untreated, so I figured an extra coat would protect it better from the elements.mail bb painting suppliesThe final step was to add some potting soil and place the rounded bricks in place for my garden planter.  I added two re-blooming day lilies, a cone flower plant and a succulent ground cover in the planter.

They do not need much water, once they are established and it saves me from dragging my hose all the way out to the street.

We also dug up some more of the compacted soil and added some grass runners. Fortunately, it has rained all week here, (unusual for NC) and the grass is filling in quickly.Mailbox planterTa da!!  My daughter said “oh mum, it looks so Southern!” when she saw the photo.  High praise from a Southern gal who now lives in California.

I am delighted with the makeover. Now the first impression is lovely words of praise, instead of the “OMG, please give your mailbox a makeover!”

Finished Mailbox make overMy original idea for the mailbox makeover certainly got changed along the way, but now my mailbox is perfectly positioned (42″ tall and 6 inches from the road edge).

Even though my plans got totally changed, this whole makeover ended up costing only about $75.  Small price to pay for this curb appeal, don’t  you think? And I still have the old mailbox. I can’t wait until it is Christmas and time to decorate the mailbox!

I plan to use it in my test garden as a place to store my garden tools.

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Friday 8th of March 2019

I want to plant flowers or plants around my mailbox, but the mailman will not deliver mail if plants have bees around them. I love bees but I need my mail. Any answer for the mailmen who don’t want to get stung.


Friday 8th of March 2019

Hi Carol Even foliage plants get some flowers which will attract bees. The only thing I can think is to plant something like ferns (although they don't like a lot of sunlight) or hostas (but they prefer shade too. You could try clipping the flower stalks and no bees will be attracted. Some of my neighbor's use silk flowers. (not my cup of tea.)


Saturday 4th of July 2015

Hey, he was the one who wanted the new post AND a new mailbox...I rest my case!


Saturday 4th of July 2015



Saturday 4th of July 2015

It looks great - what an improvement. I always fly by the seat of the pants and plan as I go with these kinds of projects - especially when you have a willing helper.


Saturday 4th of July 2015

Hi Jacki. I'm not sure willing is a word I would use to describe him. LOL Carol

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