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« on: September 20, 2006 06:24:05 PM »

I'm not sure if this is in the right section or not.  I've recently moved to a new house, and the mailbox is in terrible condition.  It's missing a flag and all banged up.  My mother, for some strange reason, had a spare mailbox lying around in her garage.  So now I have a nice mailbox, but it is very very blah.  I'd like to do SOMETHING to it, but I am stumped.  I can't seem to think of anything to do, other than paint it.  My drawing and painting skills are severely lacking.  I live in the Illinois and the winters get pretty cold here, and I don't know how things would stand up to the elements.  Any suggestions? Huh
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2006 06:43:39 PM »

Maybe being you like to quilt you could make a cozy for it that you could cover in vinyl to keep the weather off? Don't know how practical that is but it's a thought...
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2006 01:02:04 PM »

I would be tempted to do some sort of collage on it and then coat it with several coats of clear varnish.  Postcards (vintage or not) would be very cute.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2006 08:38:05 AM »

I like the quilted cozy idea!  That would be sooooo cute in winter.  Or go for the parka look.  Recylcle an old child's parka style coat to cover it.  Use the fur around the hood to edge the opening. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2006 01:28:56 AM »

I love this tread anyone got non periminate ideas? we rent a house with a dull mail box. Pesonally, i could see like a foam lion but thats not me
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2007 04:01:41 PM »

bumping this - I've been thinking of something unusual for my boring end of the drive mailbox but I'm uninspired (or unimaginative)

the door of ours fell off yesterday  Cheesy, and I fixed it with some nuts and bolts but it's clearly on it's way out

once I made a tie on seasonal cover using fabric and heat n bond and that worked pretty well and it's so boring down there until spring comes

i need a contemporary design - something that POPs like a retro fabric design - any ideas besides actually painting?  would painting it stand up to wintry weather?  I'd hate to paint and then have it look like crud after 2 years

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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2007 07:15:52 PM »

I painted mine (God only knows how many Huh) years ago and it now needs repainted.  It looked nice for quite awhile. Put a couple of clear coats over it and it should last for sometime.  Vandles or snow plows usually due them in around here faster than the weather Cry
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2007 07:27:02 PM »

Paint will definitely stand out as long as you use the right kind for whatever material the mailbox is.  I'd be sure to coat it with multiple layers of spray-on acrylic or other tough sealant once you're done, though.

I *love* the decoupaged vintage postcard idea!  I know a guy who painted flames on his mailbox, and it looks fab.  I'd say do whatever makes you happy.  If you like sunflowers, do sunflowers.  If you like pigs, paint that sucker to look like a piggy with a curly tail and ears that poke up from the top.  If you like flowers, do big 70s day-glo daisies.  Heck, paint it like the Partridge Family's bus!

My brother is a mail carrier, and he says seeing decorated mailboxes makes his day a little brighter.  Just wing it, and see what happens!
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2007 06:17:33 PM »

hey these are all good ideas but what i did was i had some fake flowers and leaves so i used contact glue to put them on the mailbox,then added 2 coats of varnish and it looks really cool.but around the post i put a vine of fake leaves creeping up the post and added butterflies.
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2007 12:40:48 PM »

hey these are all good ideas but what i did was i had some fake flowers and leaves so i used contact glue to put them on the mailbox,then added 2 coats of varnish and it looks really cool.but around the post i put a vine of fake leaves creeping up the post and added butterflies.

I bet it looks super-cute. I'd love to see a picture of what you created.
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