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Checking for mail has never been so enjoyable!  Let me show you how we significantly upgraded our curb appeal with this mailbox makeover project.  Follow our step-by-step tutorial for a lovely customized cottage-style mailbox – easily finished in a weekend!

*Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by The Home Depot for the purpose of spreading awareness of Gibraltar Mailboxes and posts, found in Home Depot stores or online.  My affiliate links are included.  All opinions are my own.

In order for you to truly appreciate this project, I just have to show you the before images first.

After seeing this scene again, I’m wondering why in the world it took us 3 years of living here before we did anything about this sad sad outdoor space.

curb appeal: project mailbox makeover

So what do you think about that wonky, weathered mailbox and post?  Or how about the weeds?

Lovely first impression, wouldn’t you say??  (wink)

front yard curb

But actually, looks weren’t the only thing we struggled with on this curb.  Our home sits terribly sloped at the end of a cul-de-sac, and every time it rains or snow would thaw, all the water comes rushing into this spot, leaving a nice pond for the kids to play in and a trail of washed-up wood chips in its path.  And of course, there was the randomly placed bush and rose plant.

My husband and I were thrilled to take on the challenge of improving our curb appeal and function, and the results are fantastic!

mailbox makeover

It was a simple weekend project that made a big impact.  We would love to show you exactly what we did and how we did it.

mailbox makeover

Clearing out the ground was the first essential, so we ripped out the bushes and leveled the dirt in preparation for installing the posts.

mailbox makeover

Then we headed to The Home Depot to explore some ways that we could customize our very budget-friendly and high-quality, white Gibraltar Mailbox and Gibraltar Mailbox post.

curb appeal: project mailbox makeover

While walking the aisles, with 4 kids in tow, I was surprised to have the creative energy to think of adding a second post next to the mailbox, to work as an address post, and to add some decorative layers to the space.

Curb Appeal: Project Mailbox Makeover
Curb Appeal: Project Mailbox Makeover

I think that second post really made all the difference in the world.

Curb Appeal: Project Mailbox Makeover

Adding in both posts, we were able to add other decorative touches like shelf brackets, trim work, solar lighting, house numbers, and places to hang potted plants.

Curb Appeal: Project Mailbox Makeover
Curb Appeal: Project Mailbox Makeover

We love how the solar caps light up all by themselves every night.

Curb Appeal: Project Mailbox Makeover

We’ve learned from experience, that anything we tried to plant in this spot wouldn’t make it because of the frequent flooding.  So we filled the spot with a weed barrier and topped it with rocks, that no longer wash up onto the sidewalk.

two little kids sitting on curb

And even though it may seem like minimal landscaping efforts, the beautiful customized mailbox and post add just enough interest, with very little upkeep.

Now let me take you through every single step we did in customizing our mailbox and posts.  My greatest hope is that it will give you some great ideas to improve your own curb appeal, and the ability to do so.


Pictured below are the supplies we used for this project.  You can find them all at The Home Depot.  No need to drag those kids anywhere else ;). That’s a really good thing!  *My affiliate links are inserted, where applicable.

supplies needed for mailbox makeover
supplies needed for mailbox makeover

For further customization we purchased:

supplies needed for mailbox makeover
  • 1 Bag of high strength concrete mix
  • Pressure-treated post
  • Weed barrier
  • Vinyl Trim

After cleaning up the area, we dug 2 holes side by side and approximately a foot apart and a foot and a half deep.  Little helpers in pajamas are also welcome . . . until bedtime.

little kid digging on soil

My husband cut the treated posts to our desired size and inserted them into the holes.  With his level, he made sure they were nice and straight.

making holes for the mailbox makeover

Then he filled the holes with the concrete mixture.

placing pole underground for the mailbox

Adding water to the concrete, will ensure that the poles are set in place underground.

closeup of pole on ground

Once the concrete was beginning to set, he simply slipped the vinyl posts over the treated wood and filled the bottom in with extra dirt.

placing gibraltar posts on the pole

Since these Gibraltar posts are made from plastic, they will not rust or mold, making them a great choice for sustaining your mailbox for years to come.

Gibraltar mailbox post

The Gibraltar mailbox post comes with a decorative finial, but after seeing these solar lantern caps at The Home Depot, I really wanted to give them a try.

mailbox makeover

They are meant to fit the wood posts and not the top of the mailbox post.  So my smart husband cut a small section of the treated boards and screwed the caps onto that, and then inserted them inside the plastic mailbox post.

mailbox makeover

It worked perfectly.

Then it was time to attach the mailbox to the post, which was very easily done with the screws and screw holes provided with the mailbox.

drilling holes in the post

We really wanted to add some trim layers to the post itself.  But we knew adding wood trim would result in future mold and rot issues.  So we instead used already white vinyl molding and cut pieces for the top and bottom of the posts.

cutting squares for the mailbox

You can see here how my husband cut the edges at a 45-degree angle so they would fit nicely around the posts.

piecing the squared pieces together

Then he carefully pieced them together and secured the trim with a nail gun.

drilling the square pieces into the pole
mailbox makeover

One of the last steps was to add the corner/shelf brackets.  I gave them several coats of white spray paint to match the posts.

mailbox makeover

And my husband screwed them into place.  These pieces are made of wood, but where they are not touching or sitting on the ground, we shouldn’t face any problems.  I may have to touch up the paint from time to time.

mailbox makeover

After those were secured, we could easily slide the mailbox back into place.

We finished it up nicely by caulking the corners, edges, and nail holes and sanding off any bar codes or clumps.  It’s important to caulk the nail holes, otherwise, you would eventually begin to see rust lines on the vinyl from the rusting nail heads.

Curb Appeal: Project Mailbox Makeover
Curb Appeal: Project Mailbox Makeover

Finally, we had rock delivered from a local company and leveled it out around the area.  I added a couple of beautiful hanging flower pots, also found at The Home Depot in their garden section.

Curb Appeal: Project Mailbox Makeover

So what do you think of the improvement?  We are very happy with the results and it appears our neighbors in our circle are enjoying the improvement as well!  An added perk about our new mailbox is its larger size to fit larger packages.  If you are on the hunt for a new mailbox, I highly recommend shopping the wide variety of Gibraltar options at Home Depot!

Do you have any curb appeal projects you would like to tackle?  Next up on our list is our porch.  I’m dreaming up a white banister, window boxes, flowers, cottage blue paint . . . . . .

Happy curb appeal dreaming, and thanks for reading!

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Curb Appeal: Project Mailbox Makeover


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  1. Hey everybody! It’s very appealing review. I am shocked that you are so qualified. I did not confidence you!

  2. Hi Cami!
    Well done! It looks amazing and a great project to take on together with the children.
    Also loved the home office makeover post! I’m a handy fella myself but I could learn a thing or two from your design skills!

  3. Hello Cami, I truly appreciate for this post. This is really inspiring to me. I love the way of your gardening. You have such a beautiful garden and home. I liked this blog. Thanks and keep sharing.

  4. I’m a single woman who loves to DIY but this project seems a little over my expertise level. It is just beautiful and the extra details you added really make the project spectacular. So here’s my question, will you loan me your husband and his little helpers to set up my mailbox? I’ll feed and water them and then send them back to you. Hehe. Love your blog!

  5. I’m a single woman who loves to DIY but this project seems a little over my expertise level. It is just beautiful and the extra details you added really make the project spectacular. So here’s my question, will you loan me your husband and his little helpers to set up my mailbox? I’ll feed and water them and then send them back to you. Hehe. Love your blog!

  6. Haha! I would not be motivated to do that at all, if that were my case. That’s their problem, right? 😉 . Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Looks awesome! Very clean and tidy and pretty, much like the interior of your home. How you keep it so clean, that’s the post I need to read. I can blog or be clean. I have trouble doing both. I really hope that when the cameras aren’t around, the toys are, just so I feel better about myself….

    1. Oh April! That’s exactly how it is for me! The more attention I give my blog, the faster my house falls apart! Balancing act for sure! And for the record – I’m terrified for Summer Vacation coming up. With all 4 kids back in the house all day, I can never keep up. So don’t be so hard on yourself! Real life happens here all. the. time.

  8. Oh my Golly… from sad to fantabulous! My fave part is the second post! What a great idea. And the solar lights – another great idea. So pretty now. Adorable kiddo’s too.

    1. What a sweet comment! I was so glad the second post worked out. I was second guessing myself big time. And yes, the kiddos are the best part! 🙂

  9. Looks great! We all overlook projects like this from time to time. I think these are the ones that give us the most satisfaction when they are done!! Simple to accomplish, but it makes a huge impact. Great job well done!

    1. Agree to everything you said! We are used to tackling very large projects that take months. But sometimes its the smaller ones that fuel our creativity better. Thanks so much for stopping by!