The exterior of our home just was not welcoming at all. Over grown bushes pushed people off the walkway and onto the edge of the front yard’s very steep hill. We actually cut several of the large bushes down the day we moved in just so that we could move furniture into the house without falling down that hill.
A side hill that runs alongside the driveway was extremely overgrown and neglected. We counted 20 dead trees in that mess that needed to be taken down – but found many more once we got in there.
An then there was the mailbox – the crooked, dented, peeling and faded mailbox that was the first thing people saw when they came to our house.
I knew this mailbox need some TLC, but we just didn’t have money to throw at it. There were many other projects that needed to be taken care of first (like the boiler and water system) and we couldn’t just spend a couple hundred dollars on buying the fancy post I liked and installing a new mailbox.
But I did have a hammer, an open can of spray paint and some hosta plants that a coworker had given me.
I spent about an hour hammering out the dent as best I could, sanding the mailbox and taping off the flag to paint it. While the pain was drying, I found some rocks and moved them to support the tilting post and then I spent another hour gathering rocks from around the property to create a border around the post.
I planted my hostas and spent less than $2 on some number stickers for the mailbox. Later, our security company signs were installed on the post as well.
So for a total of $2 and 2 hours, I’ve improved the first impression of my home. This probably won’t be the last makeover of this mailbox, but it works for now.