Don’t Cost A Dime: Mailbox Numbers

Yay! It’s Friday! It’s been a busy week for me and while it’s been a good one, it’s nice to see the weekend headed our way. We have had incredible weather (with the exception of yesterday) and I can’t help but be happy when the sun is shining… and when there is no humidity! Is anyone else having exceptional weather these days?

Since the weather has been so nice, I was able to check another small project off of my to-do list. A couple of years ago, we got a new mailbox. Our previous mailbox was in a sorry state and our poor mailman had to put it back in place everyday because it would flop over. It was quite comical and sad at the same time! But we got a new one and then the only problem left was there were no numbers or names on it. It’s good the mailman knows this is our house because there were no identifying marks on it! It has been sitting next to the road a complete blank. Like this:

mailbox 1

I couldn’t find any peel and stick numbers that I actually liked so I decided to paint my own on it. I also thought it would be a good idea to match the house numbers that I painted onto the front door a few years ago. They look like this:

door numbers

For the door, I used the font Modern No. 20 and it seemed logical to use the same font for the mailbox. I cut the numbers out of contact paper and adhered it to the mailbox. Make sure you get all of the bubbles out that are right next to the exposed area or the paint could bleed through. It’s okay if there are a few wrinkles (I had some), just press them tight to the mailbox so the paint doesn’t work its way underneath.

mailbox 2

After you have your stencil on, simply paint the exposed area. I painted two coats.

mailbox 3

Then, peel off your stencil. It’s best to do this project on a nice but not hot day. If it’s hot the sticky part of the stencil might stay on and you will have to use a solvent to remove the sticky residue. Not fun :) But if the temperature outside is mild, go for it! It doesn’t take very much time and the end result is fabulous!

mailbox 4

Do you like it? Now our long suffering mailman will finally know he has the right house :)