The home office makeover has been a long road to mediocre. There is something to be said about a master, color-coordinated plan of action. Instead, my office makeover has been interrupted by summer schedules, a busy real estate market and a senior Aussie (the dog breed). But a few weeks ago when I spent a much needed afternoon cleaning out the crap in the unfinished space in our basement (aka mom’s workout area), I rediscovered (found) this mailbox. It was lodged between boxes, bows and burlap. It was waiting for me to find it. It was looking for a renewed sense of purpose. So, I turned to Pinterest for a few ideas on repurposed mailboxes. I did not expect to find a life lesson in one of the mailboxes below.
My recently rediscovered mailbox had a cute little pull-up door. #suggestionsplease
Here are a few mailboxes, both new and repurposed. Share your favorites in the comments below! It turns out my favorite came with an emotional lesson I did not expect.
This first mailbox was repurposed for the birds! I love the single nail for a bird to perch and take in the views. I would normally not pair yellow and red together, but I love this mustard-ketchup association nestled in the tree’s branches.
Mailboxes repurposed to hold flowers and live plants was a popular idea for a reason. They are practical and whimsical at the same time.
I love this one with the grapevine thrown into the mix. And the mailbox attached to a post brings the flowers to eye level.
It’s all about eye contact.
This next one is similar to my office mailbox, except it found a renewed purpose in the kitchen.
I like this mailbox next to a front door. I wonder what that door leads to? Look at the hardware on the door; the mailbox looks like it was made to be next to the door.
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 if they were repurposed to be Christmas stockings?
Sidenote: Add mailboxes to your tag sale wish list.
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.
It’s 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 the life lesson is how 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.