Unique vessels, like this antique mailbox, make the perfect accompaniment for spring flowers!
I am SO happy spring is here, so I’m sharing yet one more spring goodie today.
Gosh, it was probably last year that I came across a metal antique mailbox like the one I’m sharing today. (at Micheal’s)
I actually put it in my cart and considered buying it. BUT I had a bunch of other things in my cart and didn’t really have a plan for the mailbox at the time.
So thrifty me put it back.
Darn, I’ve been thinking about that thing every since! lol
Until last week when I came across one exactly like it (although a different color) at Marshall’s. Yippee!
In my cart it went…and stayed this time. ;)
I had a plan for it this time. But it didn’t really matter if I didn’t, I wasn’t letting it get away.
Antique Mailbox Flower Arrangement
Here’s what it looked like when I found it….
It was $24.99.
A little much for cheapy me but oh well. It had to come home with me.
Green is a great color for spring but it isn’t what I use much of so I knew I’d be painting it.
Plus, I wasn’t loving that faux rusted “distressed” look going on.
So I gave it my own distressed look.
Starting out by painting it black….
I just used a basic black spray paint in Satin finish.
Once that was dry, I brushed on some Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint with a chip brush.
One thin coat is all that was needed. I didn’t want full coverage.
Once that was dry, I went back over the high points, and anywhere else I wanted to remove paint, with a damp paper towel.
Spray painting with a semi-glossy finish beforehand makes it really easy to wipe away some of the paint.
This is especially easy when using something like Chalk Paint or Milk Paint over regular latex or spray paint.
Then I sealed it up with this top coat sealer.
Next, I filled it up with colorful flowers.
I thought about using all white but there’s just something about spring that says “colorful” to me.
So I added all the colors in.
I will probably change it to all white for the summer months. That, or just greenery.
I just used what I had on hand leftover from other projects.
I posted a sneak peek of this over in my Instagram stories as I was working on it.
If you follow along with me over there, you might have seen it.
Want to see some of these projects in “live” time? Hop on over and follow along with me on INSTAGRAM. I’m always sharing in my stories as I’m doing projects, finding new furniture, fun finds….just all the day to day behind the scenes.
I already had a screw screwed into our brick but it was a little high.
So decided instead of adding another, I’d just hang it from the screw with fishing line.
Our poor hall tree has seen some weather up here on the porch…and it’s now showing it.
If you haven’t seen that project, you can read more about it here >>> “$35 Hall Tree – Porch Decor“
It’s actually done quite well until recently. It’s been out here for 6 years now.
But it’s kind of like the rest of the front porch. All in need of a major overhaul.
Which it’s getting in the next few months.
New windows, new paint, new front door/sidelites. (can NOT wait for this one)
So please look past the chipping paint and just overall “aged” appearance of it all.
Our house is 40 years old.
We painted out here when we moved in but it’s been 15 years, so it’s due for a touch up, re-do.
Real life, right here. :)
I love this sweet welcome mat I found a while back.
You can find it >>> here.
The black and gray mat underneath came from Lowe’s.
I’m loving this simple faux eucalyptus wreath I picked up at TJ Maxx a couple of weeks ago.
I’m so happy with how my sweet little antique mailbox floral arrangement turned out.
It looks so happy and is a nice addition to our porch.
If you come across an antique mailbox like this, snatch it up! Don’t be like me, and pass it by. ;)
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Come back by later this week for this makeover!
UPDATE!! See it now here!!
I hope you have a wonderful and blessed spring weekend!