I removed the original lights, house numbers and mailbox when during the painting process and could never bring myself to put them back on the house. I went through several weeks where the poor postman had to deliver to a the old box propped on the stoop.
It was time to hit the internet. I had no plans to create either my own mailbox or light fixtures. Fortunately Pinterest had already gotten to me with adorably sleek and bright modernist mailboxes. I came across this ModBoxUSA design and knew I couldn’t be quite happy with anything else.
Since I’d already been struck with a lightning bolt of love for the ModBox, I knew I needed to be more budget friendly with the lights. I decided on a high/low compromise and did what I usually do when I don’t have a pre-determined product in mind. I put a few parameter into the Home Depot search string: white, exterior, sconce and then sorted it from low to high and started scrolling. Its absolutely horrifying how hard it is to find an inexpensive product that isn’t fussy and over-detailed. I had to get through a lot of this junk before I found these.
They fit over the existing mounting plates, have a nice sleek aspect and are powered by long-lasting LED.
Here’s the simple mockup I made to convince myself it would all be a good idea:
And here I am, totally delighted with the final result. I think the postal carrier was much pleased to get to deliver to the wall instead of an old box leaning against the house for a change! Next step: find house numbers.