No more faded plastic mailbox! After admiring the neighbors' elegant post for a year, I was ready to ask Santa for a replacement.
That is, until I saw that our unbreakable version cost $60 new--and a fancier model, even more.
So I did what I always do when I don't like something I have: paint it black.
Luckily, I had picked up a free can of auto vinyl paint at a yard sale. Spraying a new coat only took a few minutes, without streaks or drips.
It's easy to decorate your mailbox with fresh, free greens...if you have the traditional post and newel design. Hanging them on a molded one-piece form is trickier.
Last year, I tried to disguise ours with a coat-hanger saddle over the top. The result? What my husband called a Chia mailbox.
Now that the box has a classic coat of black, I could tie a fan of greenery to the post instead. That same old roll of ribbon anchors both bundles to the underside. (99 cents from the thrift store)
My only regret is that I waited so long to make something prettier!