The mailbox out by the road is the first and possibly the only thing that a person sees when he drives past your house. Decorated mailboxes enhance your property and your neighborhood. Mailboxes can be painted in many ways to show your interests, advertise a company or simply just to look nice.

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Hobbies

Hobbies are probably the most common themes for painting mailboxes. Automobiles and trains are hobbies that people often paint on mailboxes. A mailbox can be painted like a car body, and "wheels" can be affixed to the sides. The same method can be used for a train- or tractor-themed mailbox. You could even paint the mailbox like the fuselage of an airplane with wings and a propeller on the door. Symbols representing hobbies can be used, such as a railroad crossing sign or a Harley-Davidson emblem. Any hobby that you have is a good subject for a mailbox painting, and will show your personality to passers-by.

Nature

Mailboxes can blend into a landscape or bring some extra nature into suburbia by being painted with nature themes. An entire scene can be painted onto the side of a mailbox. Something simple like vines and flowers wrapping around the entire mailbox is easy to paint, but still looks beautiful. Leaves and ivy are common nature patterns to paint on a mailbox. A deer, dog, cat or other animal can be painted onto the side of a mailbox. Fur patterns can be used for mailboxes, such as cow spots, leopard-skin, tiger stripes, or giraffe-skin. A mailbox can be painted to look like a humorous animal as well.

Nationality

You can proclaim your nationality or ancestry by painting your mailbox with a flag pattern. You could do tri-color mailboxes, striped vertically or horizontally, can stand for France, Germany, Italy and many other nations; stars and stripes stand for the United States; and a Union Jack represents the UK. For a nation such as Brazil or Albania, with a large symbol on a solid field, the mailbox can be a solid color and the symbol in the center of the flag can be painted on the sides.

Decorative Finishes

A mailbox can be painted with a decorative finish for a high-class look. Antique metal finishes can look authentic on a metal mailbox. Brushed metal is also a popular look. Cracked and antiqued paint look especially good with a farmhouse-style home. Finishes such as plaster, stucco and wood may not be real mailbox material but are still options for mailbox finishes.