Hand painted mailbox

After showcasing the hand painted mailbox with assorted Disney characters, I was asked to paint another mailbox. I don’t have any before pictures, but it was just an unfinished wood mailbox. The door was painted maroon. Here’s what you’ll need and instructions on what I did to complete this project. I unfortunately don’t have step by step photos.

Materials:
– sandpaper
– white primer paint
– various paint brushes (different sizes)
– one disposable paint brush or foam brush
– black acrylic craft paint
– purple acrylic craft paint
Versamark embossing pad
– stamps
– clear dimensional glue
– glitter
– scrapbooking rhinestone stickers
– urethane clear coat (indoor/outdoor)
– foam roller and small paint tray

1. Sand down the mailbox.

2. Paint all over with a white primer.

3. When dry, go over it again with a light sanding.

4. Paint entire mailbox with black paint. Allow to dry.

5. Take your stamp of choice and stamp image onto the mailbox with the Versamark embossing stamp pad. Once dry, the Versamark will leave a shiny stamp image on your surface.

6. Using a fine paint brush and purple craft paint trace over your shiny stamped images. It’s ok if you make mistakes but try to get clean edges. No one will notice if it’s not exactly like the stamped image because they won’t see that. But if you paint with a brush that’s too dry the edges will look unfinished.

7. Allow paint to dry then if you want to add a little sparkle, use your clear dimensional glue (I use one from Stamping’ Up) and add dots of glue to add glitter to. I also used the glue to add initials and the house number.

8. Add glitter to your glued areas. Apply a generous amount of glitter and leave it to dry. (PS Don’t worry about glitter clean up until it’s fully dry!!!)

9. Clean up glitter from your mailbox, table, work surface, floor, hands… You get the idea. We love glitter. But not the fact that it never goes away.

10. Use glue to glue in rhinestones or other embellishments wherever you like.

11. Using a clear urethane glaze and a paint brush, foam brush or foam roller. Using a foam roller will leave the least amount of drips, lines or streaks but you can’t always get into all the knocks and crannies… So you’ll need to get in there with a brush to fully coat this thing. Go over it many times with very light coats. I can’t stress this enough. It’s very easy to get drip and streaks if you use too much urethane glaze.

12. Once dry, hang and enjoy!

Made beautifully by Leanne

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