Well, I showed you in my last post how, within 24 hours of moving into our new home, my husband had torn down the sunroom from the front of our house.
Today, I am going to show you what he did in the next 24 hours!
The second day in our home, Cy came home from Lowe’s with some lumber to add columns to our new open front porch.
Here is what he got:
8 – 1x8x8 white pine boards
2 – 1x6x6 poplar boards
2 – 1x3x6 poplar boards
4 – 2x6x8 studs
1 tube adhesive caulk
1 box wood screws and finish nails
We actually could tell exactly where the original porch columns used to be on the concrete and used that as our guide.
First, Cy created a “form” for the columns by glueing and screwing together the 2×6 studs with a 3 inch filler piece on the bottom and top.
Next, he attached the “forms” to the porch using screws on the top and PL Adhesive caulk on the top and bottom.
Then, he wrapped the “form” with the 1 x 6 pieces of pine.
On the bottom of the column, he used 1×6 poplar boards and topped them with a trim piece. (You could use any trim piece you prefer.)
Three feet up from the bottom, he added another trim piece for some decorative interest.
Then on the top, he used 1×3 poplar boards…
As a side note, my hubby would like to add that he did not use pressure treated boards because these columns will be mostly protected from the elements. However, they still need to be sealed with a good wood sealer and/or primer and then painted with a high quality outdoor paint.
Looks better doesn’t it?
We haven’t painted the columns yet.
The trim on the whole house is tan, and we should probably paint the columns tan, but I love white columns.
I love white columns and white trim!
If we paint the brick, we will change the trim to white.
But we haven’t decided whether to paint the brick yet or not. (Though I am definitely leaning in that direction!)
I will share another change to the porch soon!
If you have any suggestions or great links to beautiful front porches, I would love to hear about them! Thanks!