A Much-Needed Farm Mailbox Makeover: See You Later, 60's!

When we moved into our house 7 years ago, there was a lot of work to be done. Needless to say, our mailbox was the least of our most pressing issues. It was something put together by the previous owners, and it was... well, take a look for yourself.

I'm not even sure what the original bumper sticker said, but the sad metal mailbox was welded on to an iron stake, and the inside was so gross...

Honestly, I think those are bug eggs toward the back! We also had so much water get into it when it rained. All of my important letters and bills were wet on really stormy days.

I don't know why we put off getting mailbox for so long, but I came across this Rubbermaid mailbox at my local Walmart and I had to have it! What an upgrade!

The Patriot, as it was called, was a much classier version of the old steel, ugly box we currently had. I loved that it was bigger than our old mailbox, was made of water-proof polymer, and it was made by Rubbermaid, so I knew it could take a beating.

I also really liked the feature that lets me push down the little yellow flag on the side so that when my mail carrier comes and opens the mailbox, it will pop back up again upon shutting it! I can just glance outside my window, look for the yellow flag, and know that the mail came! No more running out in the heat because the mail should have been there already.. but wasn't.

We also went the extra mile and bought some plastic, stick-on numbers that go on the side of your house, and we put our house number on our mailbox. This makes it easy for anyone to see that it's our address... even though our house sits away a bit from the road.

Mounting this thing was a bit of a challenge, but that's only because we didn't have much of a mailbox stand to work with. My husband did fashion a pretty nifty post for us, and we got it mounted with a homemade mounting piece on a rather warm afternoon. If you already have a pretty standard set up, however, you can just buy the optional mailbox bracket and save yourself a whole bunch of trouble.

Look, Ma! No bugs!

I'm pretty stoked over how affordable this was (under $30.) It's one of many mailboxes you can find at Walmart, as they have a variety for every style and budget.

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