Two Blondes and a Stan: Mailbox DIY

Down it goes!

Down it goes!

My goodness!  The past few weeks have been crazy busy.  We have been tearing up more ugly at the new place, attending events with Abby, and most importantly…killing poison ivy.

There are 1001 things to do around here…but we decided that the ugly mailbox was not good for the curb appeal…so we tackled it…literally…well kind of…we knocked it over!

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This is Two Blondes and a Stan:  Mailbox DIY.  I have no specific instructions because we mostly winged it.  What I do have is a story told in pictures…with a few random comments thrown in because I have the inability to remain silent for long periods of time.

When you decide to tackle such a project, here are some things you will need….

(1) Sledgehammer because every home renovator needs at least one…if not two…it is also fun to sing Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel while slinging it…I have also been known to grunt and yell while slinging…I should video.

IMG_9066(2)  Gloves –a really nice pair of gloves…and at least three extra…not necessarily three pairs…

IMG_9106(3)  Wheelbarrow and Shovel –I suggest various types of shovels–ones for digging, trenching, scooping, and so forth because you never know what kind of situation you will get yourself into while home renovating and landscaping.  As far as a wheelbarrow, invest in a nice one…the hubby actually made ours out of two broken ones that we had…yes, we DIYed our wheelbarrow.

IMG_9123(4)  Tape Measure(s) and Drill(s)–one can never own too many tape measures or drills…mainly because they have legs and walk away…mine like to play hide-and-seek.

IMG_9089(5)  Chainsaw –at this point, I should also recommend safety goggles, a hard hat, steel-toe shoes, and a safety class…

IMG_9079(6)  QUICKRETE –this is actually a very useful and handy product.  Please follow instructions on bag.

(7)  Old Fashioned Post Hole Diggers –great for digging holes…and the blades are great upcycled magnet boards (perfect for holding 4×6 photos).

IMG_9099(8)  Metal or Wood Poking/Tamping Stick –be creative.

IMG_9108(9)  Good Helpers –we are Two Blondes and a Stan.

We love being silly and having fun because it makes all the hard work go by faster.

We love being silly and having fun because it makes all the hard work go by faster.

Now, it is time for the Mailbox DIY from the beginning to almost the end….

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Repurposing 4x4 posts we found into an "insert" post for the new mailbox

Repurposing 4×4 posts we found into an “insert” post for the new mailbox

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I forgot to mention earlier that you will need a level...I am more of an eyeballing-it kind of gal...but Stan is much more precise!

I forgot to mention earlier that you will need a level…I am more of an eyeballing-it kind of gal…but Stan is much more precise!

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Removing the monkey grass and cleaning up

Removing the monkey grass and cleaning up

IMG_9573The hubby did such a wonderful job designing and building our mailbox.  I cannot wait to plant pretty summer flowers around it!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today.  Please be sure to check out and like our fan page at www.facebook.com/lollymollyart to keep up with the latest happenings and randomness.

I am so happy to announce Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales.  To read the latest tale at Real Media, click here.

Hugs xx,

Chasidy

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