Holiday Hustle: Quick DIY

Dec 21


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I can often be found in the garage working on my next DIY project or creating with my kids and husband who are a daily inspiration and the "why" behind what I do. An avid baker, I am often making a new bread recipe, baking homemade cinnamon rolls, or desperately trying to drink the rest of my coffee while it's hot. My mission? To help others create and cultivate a home that they love!


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Well hey there!

It’s been a few weeks since I hopped on here and shared a life update and some projects that I’ve been working on. Let’s be real, there are always SO many projects in the queue and sometimes they actually get accomplished “on-time”.

Here’s what I’ve been working on this past week:

  • An update to our neglected mailbox

  • Refinishing a table top and applying a topcoat

  • Finalizing the design for a custom furniture piece

  • Scrambling to complete a DIY playhouse for my kids

Yep! You read that right!! This year has definitely been an interesting one, but has also been one of my busiest! That has made me incredibly happy, both as a solo entrepreneur and budding business. We all know how this year has been…well, a dumpster fire for many of us. That being said, if you don’t find a way to adapt and overcome, you get stuck. I’m excited to add yet another facet to my home décor line and will share more soon! If you’re not on my email list yet, be sure to sign up so you don’t miss the freebies and my special announcement!

This time of year, especially – I’m looking for quick projects around the house as a distraction to the hustle and bustle of the holidays. When I do this, I look for ways to use things like spray paint or wood stain to both be resourceful and make something that’s old new again.


While I have looked at replacing our mailbox before, there seem to be few styles and I never found one that I actually liked. So, imagine me, stopping at the spray paint aisle after going to Home Depot for stain (for a separate project) where I compared the colors available to the colors I already had on hand at home. I opted for a can of Rustoleum rusty metal primer and Rustoleum “Soft Flat Iron”.


Now, our mailbox was in good working condition, but it left much to be desired. The body of it was a creamy white and the top was gold with lots of rust from years of use in a coastal environment. It feels like the mailbox came with the screen door, as the colors were the same. If you’ve been following along a bit, you’ll know that I’m not one for everything to be matchy-matchy. When choosing the colors, I wanted to find a middle ground that would work well with the color I select for our new door(s) as well as meld well with the existing brick exterior and current door color (Ocean Abyss by Behr).


The spray painting process was fairly simple. I wanted a two-tone finish, so I cleaned the surface lightly and then brushed it off with a bench brush before laying down a base coat with the rusty metal primer. If you’ve never used this one before, the coverage is incredible – it covers well and leaves a smooth surface for applying your topcoat.


Check it out below:


The before:


The primer coat:



After letting the primer coat dry for about 15 minutes, I came back and taped off the top of the box as I wanted to keep the top flap a copper color (Satin Bronze). I began covering the main body of the mailbox with the Soft Flat Iron color and loved it. The color has a bit of a sparkle in the sun, and even despite the chilly day it was while I painted – it was fun to watch the transformation.


Here’s my setup below:


Almost done!

I totally forgot to take a shot of this part of the process, but I used tape and some scrap paper (grocery store ad) to cover the base while I painted the top flap


The final product!

Wasn’t that awesome!? It looks way better than the rusted and neglected old version, don’t you think?


I enjoy quick projects like this as well, because they enable me to get something smaller done that I enjoy while my kids are otherwise occupied. I found myself hustling outside through the garage and back in again. You never know these days, whether they’ll be cuddled up together or pretending they’re WWF wrestlers. It’s pretty great, though and I often find myself with a couple extra helpers while I set up for a project.


I let everything dry for about an hour and then re-installed the mailbox. DONE!


What do you think?



Sound off in the comments.


See ya next year!

Here are some yummy recipes that our family has been loving lately (even my almost 3 & 4 y/o):

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup With Ham

Instant Pot Creamy Herbed Chicken Stew (Whole 30/Paleo)



Catherine Perez

founder, Peacock + Dahlia Interiors




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