Curb-less Curb Appeal

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Whether you have a curb or not, curb appeal is very important for giving a good first impression. Today we are sharing a simple and inexspensive way to add curb appeal or charm to your farm.

 The Before

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This is what our poor lil mailbox looked like a few days ago. It was really a miracle that the thing was still standing. It looked like it had been hit a few times and was only held up by zip ties. Not to mention that our address was literally falling off. Thankfully the actual box was still in good shape.

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I spent about 45min scraping the stubborn address sticker fragments off the wobbly box. Then I used high grade sandpaper to buff away the gummy residue left behind and spray painted it a satin black. (Which took another 20min) I didn’t mind all the trouble, because I was enjoying the warm sunshine and just being outside. Winter is hard on stay-at-home mommies and their little ones! {CABIN FEVER!} The girls loved sitting together on the front porch and watching us work in their jammies!

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Next came the hard part: digging the hole for the new post. Michael didn’t have to do it alone though because Avonlee’s kitten Minnie Mouse, who is now our barn kitty, lent a paw. We had picked up this great post for about $20 at Home Depot the last time we went into town. Michael then stabilized the post in the ground using half a bag of concrete and let is set overnight.

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To convert our mailbox from a metal post mount to a wooden post mount, Michael first had to remove the old mounting hardware. Then he created a new base, by cutting a piece of scrap 1×6 to fit inside the space under the box, bringing it flush. Using his amazing calligraphy, Michael painted the perfect Victorian style address numbers on either side of the box. If you aren’t confident enough to do the same, there are a myriad of inexpensive number stencil options at your local Walmart.

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Meanwhile, I created a sweet little flower bed around the base of the post using rubble stone from the fields and iris bulbs transplanted from my yard.

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Now all that was left was to attach the freshly painted box to the new post using exterior stainless steel screws.

The After

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This little project only cost about $25 and a few hours, but it makes a huge difference in how our front elevation looks! We are so happy with the results! The entrance to Bryarton Farm feels so much more welcoming than before. We had a lot of fun doing this project together and hope to inspire you to get out and tackle a few curb appeal projects as a family.

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P.S. If you were wondering what happened to the old wobbly post:

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Well, it was like watching the Sword and the Stone, this handsome and rugged man just went up and ripped it out of the ground with his bare hands! It is now in our dumpster awaiting rural pickup…

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