I found this wonderful stencil booklet for $1.50 at a locally owned art supply store. I grabbed most of what they had in stock. I kept one and gave the others away. I knew I could use them somewhere. I soon realized it would be great to have a Chinese greeting at the exterior front door. And, it turned out above the mailbox was the best choice.
I love the original brass mailbox slot with years of patina.
I selected two chinese characters from the above booklet.
Long Life Happiness
I used some of our black trim paint and added these welcoming symbols above the mail box.
Since the house has cedar shake siding, I was not able to keep the stencil perfectly flat when applying the paint. There was some bleeding of the black paint which I had to cover with the exterior house paint. I used a craft paint brush to dab and cover over the out-of-place black paint.
It adds a little extra to the entrance. Something different yet does not change the original character of the house.
Here is the view of the front door. (Yes, I am in the middle of stripping the front door! It is going slowly! I am not crazy about the paint stripper I am using. Any suggestions for an effective stripper that is not TOO toxic?) Someday, I hope to show the whole redone entrance but could not wait to share the mailbox compliment. It was a cheap and easy project I am very pleased with.
|<><><><><><><><><><><><><> >> >>>>>>>>>>>>>||<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>|