One for the mailman

Dear postman,
We hope you are enjoying the lovely sunny weather. No doubt you are now sporting quite the tan?! We’d like to make our apologies for providing you with a substandard location for delivery of our mail during the last few weeks. We now have a top quality (from your side… our side is still getting there) polished stainless, spring-hinged mail slot of a generous size (we know it really bugs you to have to get off your comfy bike seat and leave larger parcels at the door) along with a newspaper slot, should you choose to use that also. Your grumblings views have certainly been taken into consideration and we hope you are pleased with the outcome, as we are. If so, please grant us a smile or two when we next meet at the mailbox.
Yours sincerely,
Andre & Jolene

We opted for a through fence mailbox because it means I can send Master W to get the mail without him going out the gate. Plus, we like the look of it, and it works with our fancy new fence.


After looking at Bunnings, and online for a decent size through fence mailbox, and being well scared off by some big prices, we chose to buy just the cover plates for a mail and newspaper slot and then build the box ourselves. We had loads of recycled sign ply (which we used for the gate) still left and a piece of spare PVC pipe for the newspaper slot so the total spend was only on the cover plates – around $60-70.

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The cute little knob on the letter compartment came from a box of random hardware in the garage, and it matches our laundry and linen cupboard handles inside. 0312_6513 0312_6540

The old letterbox lies forlornly on its side while its replacement is fitted… I did consider repurposing it as a birdhouse or even a postbox for the kids to play with inside. But it’s pretty rusty… it’s destined for the rubbish heap. 0312_6542

Oooh a bearded hot guy! (He called for me to come and look at something last night… he was laughing out loud so I knew it was worth getting out of bed for – this was it.)0312_6606

From this side (for the mailman) – stunning! A teensy touch up to do on the fence and the pillar needs some plaster and paint, but – s t u n n i n g ! I can’t help smiling everytime I see it. 0312_6609

The hedge is growing ever so slowly, and now that the fence is fully painted (yes, more of that gorgeousness later in the week) I need to give it a bit of a tidy up and get it training up the fence. Eventually it will cover the fence and match the short bit of hedge at the left and down the side of our front yard. I’m hoping it grows fast so I never have to paint the fence again! I’m also working on painting the gate, Andre has plastering the pillars on his list, then I’ll be at them with a paint brush too.0312_6610

From this side – not so stunning. Obviously that pipe is a bit too long, and a paint job is on the list.0312_6614

But it’s great to have it built and useable. Don’t you think?!

4 thoughts on “One for the mailman

    1. Jolene Post author

      Thanks – I’m just so pleased with a space that is now so useable, when we barely bothered to think about it to begin with!

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