We get that question a lot. Most folks want us to recycle their old non-locking box when we install a new post and locking mailbox for them. It is part of our service, but a few weeks ago, a unique old box came in. Since it was not metal and could not be recycled, it was destined for the garbage and from there to a landfill, where it would never decompose. It was big. We are Oregonians. We take our recycling very seriously. The big question? How do we keep this out of the landfill?
First it got washed. I took a photo, and then another. There must be a way to use this.
But I didn’t like it being black. It did not fit the character of the garden shed. It just looked like a big black box attached to the garden shed. I decided it would be fun to paint it. That brought raised eyebrows from the other half, but I told him if it didn’t work we could always just throw it away.
The tool barn was ready for action. It works perfectly by holding clippers, a trowel, small hand rake, trimmers and garden gloves. Even my better half decided it looks great, like it belongs and it is so handy. He loves it.
It was such a fun project. It was done with the little bottles of acrylic craft paint that I found for less than a dollar a bottle. In all I used five different colors. Of course bought a couple of colors that I didn’t except to test the color and quickly decide it wasn’t what I wanted. It took all of an hour or so three days in a row. I had fun. It didn’t go to the landfill. It is the TOOL BARN.
I hope you can come up with some ideas of how to repurpose an old mailbox. I’m now thinking up projects to use the craft paint on.
Remember, we make great locking mailboxes right here in Oregon. MADE IN THE USA is an important step toward the recovery or our nation.