My father-in-law (John Leible) is an awesome master practitioner in decorative iron. He has been working on ornamental iron since he was 11 years old!
While we were in Missouri earlier this year we stopped by his shop.
He and Janet Sanders owns a decorative iron company called Perpetua Iron.
Here's an image of their sign out front (of course made by them!)
And a view of their front office entrance (designed and made by them!)
While we were visiting he was kind enough to let us design our own custom iron mailbox. He let us pick out all the details and he welded it together for us right then and there!
Here he is creating the bracket that will hold the actual box.
Then he welded the bracket to the post.
It's hard to see what's going on here but I love the way the light from the welding is caught.
We couldn't look directly at the light, but I could look through my phone's camera.
Now he's adding the decorative detail to the post.
I got to go down to the basement and look through all the options until I found the one I liked! I was thrilled to be able to have so many options to choose from!
The decorative post is now being welded to the main post.
He was able to prime the mailbox while we were there. We loaded it into the back of the truck and brought it back to Texas with us!
Next we had to paint it. I really wanted it oil-rubbed bronze color, so we had to find a Rustoleum outdoor paint that would keep it protected. My Father-in-law also recommended that we use a brush on, as it would give us better coverage/thickness.
(If we spray painted we would need to do a lot of coats.)
So we found this paint at Lowe's: (sorry for the very blurry photos...I probably had a paint brush in my hand!!)
Here you can see the reddish primer color up on the left, and I'm adding the beautiful oil-rubbed bronze color.
Just to show you the before, this WAS our mailbox . . .
It's not terrible, but the rusty looking colors with the faded boring wood, it just wasn't anything special.
So next was the instalation . . .
Corey dug the hole.
Then we poured the dry concrete into the hole, added water, placed mailbox post into the hole, and stirred a little.
I can't remember exactly, but I think it was a pretty quick drying concrete so we held it for a few minutes and then it was set.
Drilling holes to add the number sign.
And. . . .
. . . .
TA - DA!!!!
I'm so happy with our new mailbox! Thanks so much to a wonderful father-in-law!!
If you live in the St. Louis area or Mid-MO and need any iron work done or are just curious - check out his website!