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
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!
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?!
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!