I don’t think my kids know how to open a mailbox that can only be opened by exerting oneself 10-30 feet from the front door. In fairness, I don’t remember asking to go check the mail. Of course, I always hoped we were the winner of the Publisher Clearing House Sweepstakes. Every time the doorbell rang I thought maybe my mom secretly entered the contest and we were the recipients of a huge cardboard check. And, now I am looking for ways to repurpose mailboxes and maybe find a check.
So on a recent visit to a popular antique spot in Castle Rock (the Barn), I found an oil rubbed bronze mailbox. Finding this mailbox unleashed an interest in these tiny metal boxes. It was on my yard sale search list.
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. It 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 Ways to Repurpose 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 hear your favorite mailboxes from this list. Or, any other ways to repurpose mailboxes in the comments.
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 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 metal mailbox stockings at Christmas look?
Tip: Add mailboxes to your tag sale/garage sale wish list.
Do you say garage sale or tag sale?
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, no matter their purpose, are the true keepers of our memories and stories.
Finally, for you history enthusiasts, I found this article on the History of Mailboxes.