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Here’s the deal. We’ve been living in our home for a few months now, but we we’ve still been making near-daily trips to our in-law’s home to pick up our forwarded mail. I know, I know. Bizarre. The only explanation I can make is that we were paralyzed with mailbox indecision. Our home isn’t what you’d call typical, so no ordinary mailbox would do. And the USPS has so many mailbox regulations, we figured getting creative with a DIY option would be tricky.

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An $11 mailbox gets a vibrant (and oh so simple!) makeover.

So, we procrastinated instead. Until this weekend, when we finally bucked up and went mailbox shopping. Turns out we found a lovely, simple white model (that passed USPS standards!) at our local hardware store for just $11. Sold. Of course, by now you know that Ken and I rarely leave store-bought items untouched and are suckers for customizing… well, everything.

Here’s what we did:

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A galvanized conduit from our basement made for the perfect post!

Instead of a traditional wooden post, we got crafty with a galvanized conduit we had on hand. After cutting it in half and following careful height regulations, we fastened an EMT connector to the mailbox and screwed it into place.

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A quick and easy fasten!

Once the mailbox was in place, it was time to dress it up a bit. We opted to spray paint the traditional red flag a vibrant yellow to match our front door, and then settled on some modern house number decals that are weather-proof and outdoor-approved.

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A cheerful flag says hello!

We love the finished result, and the entire project cost less than $20. In fact, we can’t believe why we waited this long to complete such a simple project!

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What do you think, readers? Have you ever made over a mailbox? Any tips?

Tell me in the comments below.

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  6. Ryca33 says:

    Not to be a buzzkill, but you might want to consider USPS regulations for mailboxes before painting the flag of your mailbox. Specifically, from the regulations: 3.10 Color – The color of the mailbox and flag must be in accordance with the following requirements. The mailbox may be any color. The carrier signal flag can be any color except any shade of green, brown, white, yellow or blue. The preferred flag color is fluorescent orange. Also, the flag color must present a clear contrast with predominant color of the mailbox.

  7. eileen says:

    I solved the mailbox smashing problem by loading box with bricks. It only happened one more time.

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