Sunday, April 30, 2017

Improving Curb Appeal-Mailbox






 
It is nice to increase the curb appeal of your home..... especially if you want to sell. Our mailbox post was a metal one and rusted at ground level and needed to be replaced. One of our sons used some wood and made a post. Another son had a mailbox leftover from a job and gave it to us. What a blessing!

I hadn't planned on a red mailbox and wasn't sure about it at first, but didn't want to take time to paint it, so we just used it....   and I liked it after all.

The red mailbox was good, but I felt it needed... something. After hunting out by the shed, I found an old trellis that wasn't being used.









   I asked the guys what they thought about using it. I found NO encouragement from the guys..... NONE.  The girls and I liked it, but the guys did not. I liked how it would add just a bit of interest out by the road and in the flower bed, but wasn't "too much".

After standing it there and taking pictures that day then putting the trellis away, I kept thinking about it, but the guys just didn't like it. When I showed the pictures to my husband, he wasn't enthusiastic but he was willing for us to add it, so......... we did.













Our son had added a top to the mailbox post and the black on it worked well with the black trellis.

Another plus is that we usually have autumn clematis and passion flowers growing by the mailbox, so this gives them a trellis to hold them up.... and add some contrast.

 I really liked the diamond design in the middle of this trellis... and the delicate trim on the sides, so it adds interest whether covered with flowers or empty. The wrought iron looks nice all by itself there also.


It did add something to the front of our house...  and the post was painted the same color as our front deck, so those blend well.

 By the way, we stood the trellis where it looked the best and attached it with a couple of zip ties. The zip ties are covered by the flowers much of the year, but they aren't a problem the rest of the year either.






I really liked the improvement and so did my husband and daughters. The guys were a bit slower to approve, but even they agreed it was "all right".  :) 

The island garden bed in the background here has one of my semi-permanent trellises in it and it is amazingly beautiful in late summer as it is covered with the small clematis flowers. Very showy.
That bed needs work in other ways, though... weeding and sprucing up... but that is a project for another day! 






It wasn't a large addition... or an expensive one... but it was an improvement and it has been a good one.

Many people no longer have mail boxes, but some focal point can still be helpful... a trellis, flower bed, etc. Curb appeal is important. The first thing someone sees of your house is the outside front of it.

By the way, I like to use trellises for many purposes.... not a large amount of them, but a few here and there are so helpful as long as it doesn't look too busy.

Some of my trellises are placed semi permanently- they could be moved, but they just stay in one place all year round. Others are stored and used when needed... for the peas, cucumbers, morning glories, squash, etc.

By the way, I was really pleased with the mailbox post that our son made... he worked hard on it and did a great job.




Thank you for visiting my blog today....  Are you doing some project to increase the curb appeal of your house and yard? I'd love to read about it in the comments. Have a great week!

#mailbox #CurbAppeal #trellis


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45 comments:

  1. I had to smile about the guys not liking your ideas, that can happen quite often, but we women just have a way of knowing about these things, I think! Your mailbox looks amazing, and it will be so pretty with a vine growing up it too. Happy first day of May to you!

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    1. It does happen from time to time... lots of times I abandon an idea because they don't like it... other times, I dig in and insist. They usually like it after that... or at least tolerate it. :) Thank you for the comment and the visit... so nice to have you.

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    2. I did too, lol I dont really care of they like my ideas or not. As long as they #obey lol. Thanks for sharing with us at the Bloggers Pits Stop Very Informative. Much appreciated!
      Pit Stop Crew

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    3. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  2. What a neat idea! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  3. This looks great! I am in the market for a new mailbox and post and am trying to decide what I want. That trellis is going to be great when it is full of clematis!
    :) gwingal

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    1. Yes, it will look great... I hope you will be able to figure out a wonderful plan for your new mailbox. :)

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  4. Thank goodness your husband "went along", because it does look very nice just that way, but when your flowers come... it'll be WOW!

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    1. He really likes it now... one blessing of being married so many years...he has learned to trust my ideas, usually. :)

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  5. Very pretty! Great job! I am thinking of you and praying for you and will try to email you soon...been so busy the past several days. God bless you, sweet friend. :)

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    1. Thank you... have been praying for you also. :)

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  6. The mail box is looking very cute..

    Please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com

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  7. A pretty way to welcome your bills :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  8. I love the way this looks and it is a great way to dress up a mailbox!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thank you... it sure has dressed the area up more than it was. :)

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  9. I love the red mailbox and the addition of the trellis. That's a great way to add curb appeal.
    Your updated fireplace looks so pretty, too. Isn't it amazing what some paint will do?
    Thank you for your visit!

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    1. Thank you... both projects have been good additions for us... and yes, I love the way paint can quickly change a room or object... it is one of my favorite ways to change things. :)

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  10. Your red mailbox looks very cheerful!

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  11. It's a very pretty trellis so it can't help but add some oomph to the verge and the mailbox - I'm with you in thinking it was the finishing touch - it'll look great with a creeper on it too.
    Leanne | cresting the hill

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    1. Thank you! I love how it added some dignity to the lonely mailbox area... and then the flowers add some charm... and it works. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  12. I like the mailbox. That's one thing I must have is a nice looking mailbox :) Thank you for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post.

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    1. It does seem to say something about a property... is the mailbox tidy? colorful? messy? dented?... so I was glad to spruce up that area of our property! :)

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  13. Stopping by from Susan Mead's Dance with Jesus link up! Great job on the curb appeal! It looks really nice! We will be replacing our mail box in the near future and I can not wait to spruce up the area around it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Blessings,
    Amy @ The Quiet Homemaker

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    1. Thank you! It is so nice to fix something up and be pleased with it... I hope you figure out exactly what you want to do for yours. :)

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  14. This looks lovely. Red is so cheery, and I can only imagine the trellis full of vines and flowers. Great post!

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    1. Thank you! I think so too.... and I love the vines and flowers out there. :) So glad you visited.

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  15. Your son did a great job on the mail box post and I think the trellis looks very nice and will only get prettier as your flowers grow! I think the red mail box adds just the right amount of interest.

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    1. Thank you, he really did a great job.. I was impressed! On the rest, that's what I was thinking also.. a bit of a "pop" of color without being garish. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  16. Thanks for sharing. It's always a good ideal to work on the curb appeal of your home (not just for the property value but because YOU (the owner) enjoy it more. It's so much more pleasant to come home to a project you're proud of.

    I'm a blogger too and would love if you visited my little slice of the web! xX- KellysVida: a Lifestyle Blog

    Kelly's Vida Mom + Lifestyle Blog

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    1. It sure is more inviting for anyone(our family included) to come to where things are being tended to. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  17. I like the red mailbox and the trellis is perfect there! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

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    1. Thank you... I sure like it..... and the family does too. :)

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  18. Love your red mailbox and that trellis is so great with it. I hope you stop by Thursday Favorite Things on my blog since you have been featured.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thank you! What a nice surprise to have this post featured... Thank you... so glad you visited. :)

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  19. We just replaced our mailbox after about 15 years. I love the red and what you did with the trellis. Looks great

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    1. Isn't it nice to have a new one? Ours had been in for at least 20, so it was certainly time to retire it. :) Thank you for your comment and for visiting. :)

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  20. This is awesome. We changed the location of our mailbox because mail was getting wet from the awning.thanks for stopping by anointedtoday.blogspot.com.😇😇

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    1. Thank you! Wet mail would have been a real problem... good thing you moved it. :)

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