After finding a vintage mailbox at the Barn in Castle Rock I discovered I had a latent obsession with mailboxes. I stalk repurposed mailboxes, not the type of stalking that is a federal offense, but the sitting in my sweats with a cup of coffee and a Pinterest search kind of mailbox stalk.
My obsession to find ways to repurpose mailboxes was like a runaway train. I started my search after I found my own vintage mailbox.
But a few weeks ago I spent a much needed afternoon cleaning out the unfinished space in our basement. And, buried under tissue paper, serving trays, unfinished crafts and grapevine wreaths I found my vintage mailbox find. It was was patiently waiting for me to find it. It was looking for a new purpose.
There are so many creative ways to repurpose just about anything. My mailbox Pinterest search for mailboxes found so many fun ideas. I had to share a few of my favorite repurposed mailboxes.
5 Repurposed Mailboxes
I narrowed my Pins to a few repurposed mailboxes and found a life lesson in one of the mailboxes below.
Here are a few mailboxes, both new and repurposed. I would love to know your favorites or any new ways to repurpose in the comments below! It turns out my favorite (the last one) came with a life lesson.
This first mailbox was repurposed for the birds! I love the single nail for a bird to perch and take in the views.It’s like a little deck for the birds. I would normally not pair yellow and red together, but I love this mustard-ketchup association nestled in the tree’s branches.
This repurposed mailbox is similar to my mailbox with the the scroll work below. I love that she used it for her cookbooks and that dough roller fits perfectly.
I love this next mailbox. The weathered metal matches the door’s hardware. What a fun way to welcome guests. The chippy paint is the secondary character on this front porch. I love it!
Look at this collection of mailboxes lined up along a patio wall. This idea is so cute and makes a great conversational piece when entertaining guests. How cute would a row of mailboxes repurposed into Christmas stockings?
Sidenote: Add mailboxes to your tag sale wish list.
The Life Lesson Found in a Mailbox
I saved my favorite mailbox find for last. I took this photo outside the grounds of Christ’s Church Cathedral in Dublin. My husband could not pull me away from the solid iron fence and this mailbox. It was like some Daphne du Maurier moment from the movie classic Rebecca. It had a magnetic pull; a life lesson.
This was my favorite mailbox because it was content to sit in the foreground of this historical landmark. This beautifully aged mailbox, welded to the century-old iron railing, sat along the perimeter of the Church’s grounds. I bet that mailbox holds a few secrets of its own.
Of all the photos I took in Dublin on our trip last year, this rusty metal box is one of my favorite images. I fell in love with this mailbox on that day and I knew I would include it in a future post.
Maybe our mailboxes, in whatever past, present or future purpose are the true keepers of our memories.
Finally, for you history enthusiasts, I found this article on the History of Mailboxes.