DIY midcentury modern mailbox post and address sign — Gabe explains how

midcentury house sign and custom mailboxThe crowning glories of Gabe and Amanda’s 1954 midcentury marvelous house may well be those groovalicious mid mod mailbox, mailbox post and address name sign. Gabe did most of the work on these pieces himself, so I asked him if he could tell us how he made it and he quickly responded:
Sure! The lamp post was here already but.. 7 years ago I worked at a sign shop and learned how to make sandblasted 3- dimentional signs out of high density urethane… “Sign Foam” …
DIY address signI still have access to the materials a couple friends with the software set up. essentially you design your sign on the computer then your design is computer cut (or hand cut) onto a thin adhesive backed rubber…you stick it to the piece of H.D.U. you have already cut to the desired shape and primed.. you peel away the part of the design that you want the sand to blast away. Then carefully sandblast , peel away the rubber, sand, primer again then paint to match your house or whatever your design dictates…

make your own midcentury modern mailbox and postI found the mailbox at its original location, one county over… I asked the owner, “If I buy you a new mailbox and put it up for you, can I have your old one?” He said, “Sure.” So I went to Lowes, bought him a box, went back and finished the job. I sent the old box to a friend’s auto body shop to smooth it out and patch the rust… so after much delliberation about the design of the mailbox stand… I drew it out ‘to scale’ on a huge piece of paper. Next I found the right size square steel tubing to match the design. Then, with some help from my Dad, who is a retired welder and metal fabricator… We got it all welded together and the rest was just my priming painting, installing my little cut out, brushed gold diamonds. Then putting it in the ground and attaching the completed mailbox. I can make these signs for others, privately out of my home.. It’s another one of my art interests lol.. sign posts too.. but mine is the only diamond one I’ll ever do! The angles were such a pain!!!

midcentury modern house…big diamond accents I made out of cypress then painted and added to the exterior with the brushed gold center pieces… just like the mailbox stand…
Thank you, Gabe — your attention to detail is amazing. And, I always love doing post posts tee hee. Yes, readers: Repeat your principal (principle?) shapes throughout your house. The Retro Decorating Gods will be pleased. xoxo

  1. Kate says:

    I’d love a new mailbox post! We have the same mailbox., original to our 1971 home that’s not too different looking from your house! Would you ship to Denver, CO?

  2. Nicole Oliveira says:

    Hi Gabriel! I want a mailbox too!! My current one was destroyed by bad weather the other night. The mailman has not been able to deliver mail in two days now. I have been eyeballing your mailbox for a while now so what better time!! I am going to shoot you an email if that’s okay. Thanks!

  3. Alex says:

    I’m looking to replace the traditional mailbox in front of my 1962 split-level with something more ‘period.’ While I could probably build something out of wood in my woodshop, I have exactly nine concrete screen blocks that someone gave me recently, and I’d like to put those to use for this project. Just stacking three or four of these blocks on top of each other and bolting a mailbox to the top would look pretty horrible – does anyone have any ideas on how to work my blocks into a new mailbox post? Thanks!

  4. Kim says:

    I love love love the mailbox and light…are you still making them for people? I am very interested. VERY VERY interested!!

    1. Kim says:

      Does anyone know if Gabriel Nicholson is still making the mailboxes? I would lik to contact him!!!

  5. David says:

    I recently went to an estate sale near me and when I pulled up to the house the mail box was one that I had always loved when I went running in that neighborhood. After purchasing some furniture there I asked the daughter of the homeowner if they had ever thought of selling the mailbox. She said in jest, for $250,000 I could get the box and house. Well I went back the last day to pick up the furniture and thinking of what Gabriel had done to get his mailbox I said if I replaced the mailbox w/a new one could I have the old one. She thought it very odd that I would want the mailbox so badly but said fine. So the next day I installed a new mailbox and am restoring the vintage one which by the way is identical to the one Gabriel got. So in short, it does pay off just to ask.

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