DIY - Palm Springs Style Letterbox

Ever gone shopping for a letterbox? Or have you gotten as far as the letterbox section at your local hardware store and then stopped and realised, you're just going to have to conform to the normality of the rest of the street and just fit in. 

I have.

After a recent trip to Palm Springs, California - I came home super inspired to makeover my "beige" palace and bring it into the 00's and give the exterior a facelift - Palm Springs style! So of course, we painted the house a cool white (Dulux, Lexicon) and went on the hunt for a pop of colour which would come from the letterbox.

After searching high and low, on the internet and in-stores, it became apparent that there are no "hip, cool, Palm Springs style" letterboxes on the market, so me being me, I made my own.

Here's how to make your DIY Palm Springs Letterbox for under $50:

What you will need:

  • A plain letterbox to replace your old one
  • A can of primer (for spraying onto metal)
  • A can of bright poppy colour (in my case, I've gone with Dulux Gloss Key Lime)
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • New house numbers
 DIY Palm Springs Style Letterbox - what you will need. Spray paint, letterbox, tape and numbers

DIY Palm Springs Style Letterbox - what you will need. Spray paint, letterbox, tape and numbers

STEP 1:

  • Tape up the lock (if there is one) on the current letterbox, or any parts you do not want to spray over with colour.

STEP 2:

Spray a light coat of primer all over the letterbox. This will help the final coloured paint, stick to the letterbox. 
(Repeat)

 Step 1: Prime your letterbox for painting

Step 1: Prime your letterbox for painting

STEP 3:

  • Spray a light even coat of your coloured paint all over the letterbox and allow this to dry. Refer to the paint you have to find out how long you should wait before a second coat. Then repeat this step until your letterbox is evenly coated on all sides.
DIY Palm Springs Style Letterbox

STEP 4:

  • Remove your old letterbox from the location you'd like to stick your new one
DIY Palm Springs Style Letterbox

In some cases you might need to paint the wall or grind off old bolts!

DIY Palm Springs Style Letterbox
DIY Palm Springs Style Letterbox

STEP 5:

  • Once your paint is dry (this can take up to 48hrs in some cases) flip your letterbox over and prepare to attach it to it's new home.
DIY Palm Springs Style Letterbox

Attach it to your wall or fence and you're done! Everyday, your letterbox will be a lovely reminder of that sweet trip you once took to Palm Springs. 

 Finished - DIY Palm Springs Style Letterbox with a Neon flair

Finished - DIY Palm Springs Style Letterbox with a Neon flair