We never liked the iron columns on our 1800’s home. They did not fit the period or style of our particular home. It was renovated several times over the years and because our thought process was to get it back to the original style as much as possible, we decided to box in the iron columns on our front porch. The house is currently for sale and we thought this would give it even more curb appeal.
And it did just that!
My husband and I both researched some ideas on changing out the columns with new rounded ones, but that was going to be a very intensive and expensive process. Boxing them in was the best way to go for us.
How Tommy did it:
Painted the iron columns with Rustoleum to deter rusting
Cut 8 pre-primed 1”x12” MDF (Maximum Density Fiberboards) to fit each side of the column (each column has 4 sides). The back side of each column attached to our porch railing, so Tommy cut a notch for the back side boards to fit around the railing.
Secured two sides to the iron posts with backer boards and screws to anchor them to the existing posts
Screwed and nailed all four sides of the MDF’s to each other to create the box
Trimmed the top and bottom of each column with wood trim
Ran a decorative trim strip 12“ down from the top of each column
Caulked the seams and filled any existing gaps of the boards
Painted each finished column with exterior white paint.
He completed this entire project in about 2 days. With some great rebates from Mendard’s, it cost less than $200. It really isn’t as complicated as one may think. If you have any questions for Tommy or his process, visit our Contact Us page and send him a note! He loves helping any DIYer’s out there!
With the help of my husband’s father, we have completed all the renovations ON OUR OWN.
AND FYI—none of us are contractors or have backgrounds in this kind of work. We’ve just researched and learn as we go! You can learn a lot from YouTube too!