Holi-D.I.Y. Card Exchange Details
The exchange is open to anyone (U.S. only, sorry!). Having a blog is not required.
If you’d like to send out some holiday cheer to fellow DIY-ers across the country and receive the same amount of snail mail back, follow this link. Note: your address will be shared with the fellow participants but will NOT be posted on any of the blogs publicly!
Even though this swap has “D.I.Y.” in the title, you do not need to create your cards. Any kind of happy mail is welcome here!
If you sell something (any Etsy shop sellers in the hiz-ouse?), feel free to share a business card, coupon code, or your shop information in your envelope – if you’re anything like us, we need some holiday gift ideas!
Sign-up ends Saturday, November 30th. We will email you a list of who you will be sending and receiving from December 1st on.
All cards must be sent by Monday, December 9th. < – – all these deadlines, you would think one of us is a teacher or something?!
Signing up for this exchange means you know that postage costs money and you agree to mail a MAXIMUM of 15 cards. (we’ll cap each list @ 15… hel-lo holiday budget)
Please share this exchange with your friends, because let’s be real…. who doesn’t love holiday mail, especially from creative peeps around the country?
Fellow rookies…. are you on board or what? If you want to make someone’s December a bit brighter with a little snail mail and receive some extra holiday cheer in the mean time…… Sign up here!!
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(Disclaimer: We were given a free HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer in exchange for this post. The information and opinions expressed are 100% our own and are not influenced by HomeRight.)
Right now, I’m paying “rent” to my roomie via DIY projects. It’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me. (More on that here)
So, I’ve been slowly taking inventory at Janimal’s house and seeing what I can transform to make it even more fabulous.
My mom recently painted her front door a bright and cheery yellow. We are both obsessed with it, and it really transformed the entire front of her house. It’s happy, welcoming, and friendly…just like my mom! (She also made that burlap bubble wreath using Bridget’s tutorial. It’s safe to say that she may be our only reader that actually recreates a majority of the projects we put on the blog. Way to go Janimal!)
Anyways, my mom had some leftover yellow paint from her door project and I figured I might as well put it to good use. When I spotted her mailbox…I instantly knew that the yellow paint would go towards giving that bad boy a makeover.
Her mailbox wasn’t too horrible. It just didn’t really have much personality. Also, it was rusting and the painted wood was a chippy mess. Time for me to step in and bring this bad boy back to life!
I came up with a quick gameplan, consulted my roomie, and got to work.
My first order of business…take those rusted address numbers off of the wood base.
I thought this would take me 10 minutes tops…boy was I wrong!
Those suckers didn’t want to go anywhere. That was their home for the past 15+ years and they didn’t feel like packing their bags.
After lots of prying, sweating, and maybe a bit of cursing I finally got each number off of the post.
My original plan was to reuse the numbers and spray paint them white. I moved to plan B after mangling those numbers up, and decided to buy some cheap new ones.
A quick coat of Rustoleum primer, followed up by a quick coat of Rustoleum satin spray paint (in white) and I had some new numbers all ready to go.
While those dried, I got to work on the actual mailbox.
My mom purchased a new one (@ Lowe’s for $11) simply because the current black one was incredibly creaky, old, and rusted. We decided the $11 price tag was worth it.
Now, I knew that I didn’t just want to use a paint brush to paint the metal mailbox because it could leave some noticeable paint strokes. Spray paint would give me the smooth, even finish I wanted…but there was no way I could match the yellow of the door to a random yellow can of spray paint.
That is when HomeRight came to the rescue! They recently sent me a new fine finish sprayer to try out, and this project turned out to be the perfect test for this neat gadget.
I could use the yellow paint from the door AND have the even, smooth finish on the metal mailbox. #doubleplay
The paint is “Summer in the City” if you’re interested in a nice yellow paint.
I was a bit intimidated to try out my new toy, but it was seriously so easy. Tomorrow I’ll walk you through the steps and I’ll offer some advice on this handy sprayer (and I’ll be giving out a brand new FREE HomeRight sprayer to one lucky winner! So be sure to come tune in!)
3 light coats was all it took to bring this gray mailbox from blah…to bright and beautiful!
Next up, tackling that chippy mailbox post.
I used my palm sander to get rid of the years of gunk and goo on the wooden post. Then I wiped it down really good before whipping out the white primer.
I used my favorite Zinsser primer and did a light coat all over the wood with a paint brush.
After it dried, it was time to bring out the brown paint.
I used the color “bark brown” and chose one that would last in harsh outdoor conditions.
My HomeRight sprayer again came in handy for this part of the project. I was able to get a nice even coat on the entire post in less than 5 minutes. I’m guessing this part went about 3x faster using the fine finish sprayer. #lifesaver
The sprayer also helped cover all of the nooks and crannies on the post, without the paint globbing up and creating a thick coat.
Then it was just a matter of attaching the new mailbox and hammering in the bright white letters.
A pretty dramatic before and after, right?
I love how the mailbox complements the front door. It makes the front of the house bright, without overwhelming it with color.
My roomie is definitely pleased with her new mailbox. I’m hoping this project buys me at least a few more weeks, before I’m evicted 😉