Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Upcycled Letterbox

I have been complaining about our ugly letterbox since we moved into the house 4 years ago:

So when Matty's dad advised me that he'd 'sourced' another letterbox for me, I should have been delighted. I probably would have been too, if it wasn't just as ugly!

Now the photo above doesn't really show you just how ugly and HUGE this letterbox is, but I actually considered converting it into a three bedroom condo rather than using it as a letterbox - THAT'S how big it is. But in the interest of reducing landfill and saving us money in the process, I decided to work with it.

So I spray painted it red using automotive touch-up paint:

Then I fixed some aluminium stripping (that I painted black) to the front to cover up those nasty pre-existing screw holes and screwed the number '8' to the front. Here is Matty putting the letterbox up:

It's been up for 3 days now and we have received absolutely NO mail! *sigh*

Although I guess I should be glad. At least that means there have been no bills!


  1. Be grateful for small blessings .
    My mother has just cursed us with the largest toille " painting" all beautifully framed - must have cost her a fortune. I like toille but on cards not as a work of art in our lounge room. This thing is extrememly ugly.
    I'll swap you the letter box any day.

  2. HAHAHA! Gosh I should think myself lucky hey. At least I could fix the letterbox and make it look better. There really isn't anything you can do with the toille painting!


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