Five years ago Tara got the idea to decorate our new mailbox with old, cruddy nailpolish. If you’re a person who wears nailpolish, you’ll know that when it starts to dry out, even a little bit, it is no longer good for nails. But the stuff is basically car paint, right? So it seemed perfect for painting a mailbox. And it was! It was gorgeous. Click to see the original post real quick, just look at the photos.
Our lovely, colorful mailbox had faded and become covered in moss. One Sunday morning, Tara decided it was time to fix the mailbox. “No post on Sundays!” They quoted from Harry Potter.
I forgot to take a photo of how gross it was out beside the road, but I remembered to take photos while Tara was scrubbing it.
Once Tara was done scrubbing the thing, they set it on the hearth beside the wood stove to dry out. We left it there most of the day. The board attached to the bottom is getting pretty rotten and all that water soaked it. I suppose we’ll have to replace the board the next time we do mailbox updates.
Once it was all dry, Tara grabbed the nailpolish box. Same box, but in five years, you can bet there was a whole bunch of bottles of old cruddy nail polish again. Sadly, the fish and chips place (see the basket in the top photo?) closed a year ago and I’m back to having no decent fish & chips anywhere.
Tara painted into the night, then covered it in a clear polish that they had with them. I was in bed by that time. I woke up the next morning while Tara was still sleeping, and sprayed it with a coat of clear paint. When Tara got up we compared notes and realized we had protected it twice. Well, it can only help.
Mail delivery is at 11am, so we had time to ensure all the paint was dry and to install it again in time to collect our mail.