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Mandatory Mailbox Upgrade

Mailbox by the front door.

I got a sweet, little sticky note from our mail lady last week that read “You need to move your mailbox!” As specific as that was, I figured she meant that the previous owners had their mailbox near the front door which caused the postal worker to get out of her car and bring the mail to the door. So mark that as another pain-in-the-ass task on my ever growing list.

So I pulled the mailbox out of the ground and unscrewed the old box from the

Removing the old mailbox.

stand. Then I took off the numbers that seem almost hidden on the stalk (I just made that up, but what else would you call the post rising above the mailbox?).


Then I had nothing left on the mailbox stand and I got to thinking “Boy this sure is plain, and I have a whole lot of spray paint laying around. So I did the only thing a girl could do!



She sure looks sad. A little makeover may cheer her up!



Before I started painting away, I did a little research on mailbox stipulations. The graph below shows the size and placement, but what about the color?!

Legal-type stuff.






I did find some information that said a mailbox, mailbox post (and stalk) could be any color you want. AND I also learned the mailbox flag doesn’t have to be red. It just can’t be any shade of yellow, green, blue or brown- which is pretty much saying it has to be red. Orange and purple are apparently also permissible.

I had bought a grey mailbox for about $15 and assembled it in about 5 minutes. I painted my stand, nailed the numbers on the stalk and screwed on my new mailbox. I eyeballed my neighbors mailboxes and dug a hole to match their height and distance from the road. And voila, my new mailbox!

Now she's the belle of the boxes!


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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