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Old Mailbox for Tool Storage

By 1AnjL
October 19, 2011

Decorate an old mailbox with paint and place it in your garden. It is a great place to store gloves and hand tools, and it also looks pretty.

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 18, 2011 6:03 PM CST
A neighbor had one of these in her yard, kind of hidden away. It is useful to keep that extra pair of clippers etc.
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hementia
Oct 18, 2011 6:31 PM CST
I did that and a bluebird made good use of it and built a nest on my gloves and other items
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 18, 2011 6:34 PM CST
I love this tip. Now to find an old mailbox. This would sure make my life easier. : )
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jeri11
Oct 18, 2011 7:09 PM CST
The state just changed out all the mailboxes on our road and I picked up the old one. Why I didn't know...until now!!! Thanks for this tip!!
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Oct 18, 2011 7:14 PM CST
cute and practical Thumbs up
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Oct 18, 2011 7:37 PM CST
Great tip! I have two of them.

Here is one located outside what was then my 'no work' garden...


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And here it is years later when the 'No Work' garden was turned into "Hankville", my garden of boxed beds. NOTE: see how the mailbox has aged and rusted compared to the pretty blue paint job when first installed? A lesson learned to keep some paint handy, eh?


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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 18, 2011 8:09 PM CST

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I love it, Shoe! Very nice.

We found an old mailbox at a garage sale a couple years ago and Trish bought it for this very purpose! It's waiting for me to install it. I better get to that!!
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Oct 18, 2011 8:44 PM CST
Hang on, it gets better! Try one of these! *grin


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quietyard
Oct 18, 2011 8:47 PM CST
Several years ago when we had to replace our mailbox we moved the old one into the back yard mounting it on a post with potted plants sitting next to it. Inside there are garden tools. I love the look of a mailbox in the backyard. Thumbs up
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valleylynn
Oct 18, 2011 9:01 PM CST
Awesome garden area Shoe, love that mailbox man. Lovey dubby
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Boopaints
Oct 18, 2011 11:57 PM CST
Shoe I love the blue but the way it aged is a whole other look I like too. Your guy on the last one is cute! Gives me an idea for a Garden Art challenge. Whistling

Anjl what a terrific tip! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Oct 19, 2011 1:32 AM CST
Yeh, I think I posted that mailbox man (aka "Gizmo Man", don't ask me why that photo was called that!) on one of your first Garden Art forums.

It was fun to make, using this and that...whatever was available. And useful, too!

Shoe (up entirely too late again. Some folks I know will be getting up in 30 minutes to start their day. Sheesh....)
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wildflowers
Oct 19, 2011 4:47 AM CST
Anjl, thank you for this really great tip.

and Shoe, for showing your fantastic garden art! Thumbs up
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vic
Oct 19, 2011 5:02 AM CST
Shoe, you need to post your totally cool tin guy here:

The thread "October Challenge ~ Create Tin Garden Art" in Garden Art forum

Hankville Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing - Seriously, Hank is humbled you named your raised bed gardens after him Lovey dubby

GREAT idea Annmarie!
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Boopaints
Oct 19, 2011 9:24 AM CST
YES! Shoe, repost him where Vic said.

I kind think I remember him but that was 3 months ago. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Horseshoe
Oct 19, 2011 9:35 AM CST
Christine, just trying to get ya'll to follow Anjil's suggestion and snatch up some mailboxes when you can!

Yep, Vic, "Hankville" is in all my garden notes! Those boxes are holding up great, too!

I'll go look at ya'lls other link. (Got over an inch and quarter of rain last night, more coming, so I can dally in front of the computer for a while.)

Smiling
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Boopaints
Oct 19, 2011 9:39 AM CST
I miss rain. Crying
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Ridesredmule
Oct 19, 2011 9:47 AM CST
Shoe, get a can of blue spray paint and "touch up" that poor mailbox. You'll get a hole in the top and your paperwork is gonna get soggy....
Great Idea with mail box. I use mine to keep goldfish food dry.
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wildflowers
Oct 19, 2011 11:16 AM CST
I wouldn't have thought of putting a mailbox in the garden (decorated or otherwise) but it would be perfect for storing gloves and such!!

So now I'll be looking for some old mailbox to snatch up! ! Hilarious!
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paulgrow
Oct 19, 2011 3:50 PM CST
Be careful, I had one and for some reason the wasps and hornets loved to build nests insid the mailbox. Grumbling
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