Saturday, October 27, 2012

BULLDOZER GEAR MAILBOX!



THIS PICTURE OF MY
MAILBOX 
WAS ACTUALLY TAKEN ABOUT
5 YEARS AGO THERE SINCE HAS
BEEN MORE WEAR AND RUST 
BUT FOR SOME REASON I DIDN'T 
TAKE A PICTURE RIGHT BEFORE I 
STARTED... SO IT LOOKS A LITTLE
BETTER IN THIS PIC THAN IT
REALLY WAS. IT HAS SINCE BEEN 
HIT BY THE LAWNMOWER AND TORE 
OUT OF THE GROUND.BIRDS ALSO 
LOVED USING IT AS A TARGET!


BEFORE...


SO IT WAS A PLAIN JANE MAILBOX
WITH NO FLAIR. I WANTED TO
SPUCE IT UP A BIT AND
GET RID OF THE RUST. 


AFTER I TOOK IT APART AND
STARTED PAINTING IT I REMEMBERED
TO TAKE THIS PIC.


THE PAINT I DECIDED TO USE
FOR THE MAILBOX WAS A METALLIC
COPPER PAINT THAT I GOT AT LOWES! 
LET ME TELL YOU I LOVED THIS
PAINT. IT MADE MY MAILBOX
LOOK LIKE IT WAS AN ACTUAL
COPPER MAILBOX. I HAD SAW ONE AT
MARSHALL'S THAT I WAS GOING TO BUY FOR ABOUT $40 DOLLARS BUT WHEN I 
WENT BACK TO GET IT, IT WAS GONE.
SO THIS IS HOW I WENT ABOUT GETTING THE SAME LOOK FOR LESS.

MY NEXT FEATURE WAS AN OLD
BULLDOZER GEAR WHICH HAD JUST
THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PATINA, AND
RUST TO GIVE THE MAILBOX THE LOOK I WANTED. ONLY PROBLEM IT WEIGHS ABOUT 6OO POUNDS. I GOT THE OLD GEAR FROM A STONE QUARRY THAT HAD DISGARDED IT. IM NOT THE ONE 
THAT MOVED IT BELIEVE ME. 
SO THE MAILBOX HAD TO BE DUG OUT
AND THE GEAR PUT DOWN THEN 
THE MAILBOX WOULD BE LOWERED 
INTO THE HOLE AND FILLED.


IT'S ALOT BIGGER THAN IT
LOOKS IN THE PICTURE.

I ALSO RE-STAINED THE
POST A DARKER COLOR AND SPRAYED
THE ADDRESS NUMBERS IN THE
COPPER FINISH AS WELL.

NEXT WAS TO ADD THE MAILBOX
BACK TO THE TOP OF THE POST 
AND IT SURE TURNED OUT PRETTY....

THE NUMBERS ARE FROM HOBBY LOBBY
AND I PAINTED THE FLAG WITH SOME
GOOD OLE ORB SPRAY PAINT.

I WANTED TO DRESS UP THE 
MAILBOX A LITTLE SO I DECIDED
TO PLANT SOME MUMS AROUND THE
BOTTOM AND SOME DECORATIVE
ROCKS...EACH SEASON I PLAN ON
DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT INSIDE
THE OLD GEAR.



AFTER...




I THINK IT'S A PRETTY ORIGINAL
MAILBOX. NOT A
SINGLE ONE LIKE IT.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ?

AFTER DOING MY MAILBOX I
STARTED NOTICING EVERY MAILBOX
I WOULD PASS BY IN MY 
NEIGHBORHOOD...

A FEW GOOD ONES BUT ALOT
OF VERY NEGLECTED ONES 
HERES A FEW... I FELT LIKE A 
MAILBOX STALKER WHEN I TOOK 
THESE PICTURES.

I WILL CLASSIFY THESE AS THE
FASHION POLICE WOULD, IN THIS
CASE THE MAILBOX POLICE, AS 
DO'S AND DONT'S THESE 
ARE THE DONT'S I HOPE
MY NEIGHBORS DON'T SEE THIS
POST BUT IT WAS FUN TO DO!





AND THE BEST DO'S THAT I SAW..

THIS ONE I THOUGHT WAS CUTE BUT
NEEDS A LITTLE PAINT AND SOME
WORK AROUND THE BOTTOM.



AND I LOVE THE CORN STALKS 
AROUND THIS ONE.
THERE WERE ALOT MORE
DONT'S THAN DO'S !

WHAT CATEGORY DO YOU FALL IN?
I HAD ALOT OF FUN DOING THIS 
POST I HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT.
AND I HOPE YOU LIKED MY 
BULLDOZER GEAR MAILBOX!



30 comments:

  1. I love your mailbox makeover! I have an old gear too and I want to "plant" one of those old fashion pump faucet things for the garden out of it ;) This will be so fun for you to plant seasonally, great idea ;) My mailbox is a definite don't glad you can't see it.

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  2. Your mailbox turned out awesome Lauren! Definitely a "do!" :)

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  3. I love your mailbox! It turned out great! We're in serious need of a mailbox makeover! Ours definitely falls in the "don't" category!

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STOPPING OVER, AND THANKS FOR THE NICE COMMENT. IF YOU REDO YOURS LET ME KNOW I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT!

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  4. Beautiful! I hope no one takes it thinking it is copper!

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    1. I Never even thought of that! Have to keep my eye on it.
      lauren

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  5. Custom painted mailboxes are fun and can add a real touch of creativity to the end of your driveway. Painting your own mailbox is easy as long as you use the correct type of paint and apply the coats evenly so that the color is bold. And as far as what you want to paint on the mailbox, the possibilities are endless.

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  6. I love your mail box. It's super fun. I think my husband would love it. For me, I'd probably have painted the gear as well, and added some more for a steam punk look.

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    1. Thanks so much Andrea, i had thought about that but first i have to find the gears!

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  7. Lol, it looks great! and I love the Do's and Don'ts, your neighbors might not LOL, unless they are on the DO list, crazy girl! :) Too funny

    Smiles!
    Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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    1. thanks Sammy! I don't think my neighbors will see this post, im safe!

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  8. I'm serious trying to figure out where I can find a bulldozer gear! I love what you did with it! We rent so I can't do anything to our mailbox, but my parent's mailbox is in need of some major TLC. It is definitely a don't :) Thanks so much for sharing! I found you via Giner Snap Crafts.

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  9. what a neat thing to do with that gear! i would never think of that. your mailbox area redo looks fabulous!

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  10. Your mailbox looks wonderful and so cute !
    Lovely your makeover !
    Have a nice weekend !
    Olympia

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  11. Love it! Sorry uou linked up at the wrong party, my Christmas one. I would love it if you came back and linked to my Under $100 party. Thanks doll!

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  12. Hiya from Tickled Pink! I'm amazed at the result you got with the copper spray paint! Awesome-

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  13. Looks great!! Our mailbox would be on the "don't" list...it's been hit so many times! I wonder how ours would look spray painted blaze orange? haha :)

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  14. Love that gear and the way you have it planted. Just reminds me that my mailbox needs a little cleaning up.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z.http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Timeless Treasures.

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  15. Very cute makeover! All I have is a box on the side of my home...blah! Yours is sweet!
    Thanks for linking up this week to the party - hope to see you this week as well!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  16. Such a good idea!! (Mind if I steal it?) Haha! It does look really good!

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  17. your mailbox looks great! All I can think of is someone running over that gear with the lawnmower...that would happen at my house.
    too funny that you took pics of all the other mailboxes! :)

    gail

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  18. Hello Lauren, your new mailbox looks great. I’m happy to be featuring you {again} in my Fab Friday Favorites. BTW, I'm afraid I fall into the "FAIL" category! Will try to take inspiration from you & spiffy up my mailbox!

    Warmly, Michelle
    Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

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  19. If ever theres an indication of how well a home is kept on the inside, its the mailbox on the outside. Kerb appeal.

    There are so many homes by us where there is a tatty looking plastic mailbox. Even some of the expensive ones are just fixed onto wonky posts and look awful as a result. A DIY job will always be a head turner, as it shows pride in ones property. <3

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice comment! And for stopping by!

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  20. Oh ya! that mailbox is you :-) very cool - happy holidays Lauren!

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    1. THANKS FOR CHECKING IT OUT AND THE NICE COMMENTS I TRIED TO EMAIL YOU BACK BUT YOU DONT HAVE YOUR EMAIL HOOKED UP TO YOUR NAME.
      LAUREN

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  21. That mailbox came out very nice! And thank you for all the helpful tips about placing your mailbox. It seems it really does make a difference. I also enjoyed seeing the different sorts of decorative mailboxes you came across

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  22. It looks beautiful... I love the red against your beautiful door color! It really stands out now. Love your adorable art. house address signs

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