Updating columns on house
Well, it didn’t help that we got derailed before even unholstering our caulk gun. We used this exact same method in our first house when we rebuilt the header five years ago (primed wood paint and caulk to keep it all sealed) and it worked out great without any rotting or warping – so we wanted to make sure we were just as thorough this time around.When all three columns were done we stepped back and thought the de-scalloped header looked good, but a bit unsubstantial in comparison to our beefed up columns. And since everyone asks what kind of caulk we use (that wall full of 10,000 caulk tubes can be intimidating) we like Dap window and door caulk, in the white, paintable finish (paintable is key). Since the boards came pre-primed, all we had to do was match them to rest of the porch – and because the previous owners left us a couple gallons of house paint, there was happily no cost here. Sometimes spend more money in attempting to use strippers or whatever else. I Mitered the edges according to the new measurements at the base of the column using a miter saw at 45 degrees and used the pin nailer with 2" pin nails and repeated prior steps of glue, filler, and sanding with 120.220...(no 60 on the trim). You can spend less money..more elbow grease in trying to remove old paint and refinish.When we first looked at our house 7 years ago all I saw was wrought iron vines and grapes.I almost didn’t even set foot inside because I couldn’t get past this.
We could’ve bought cheaper boards for the rest of the project too – like basic whitewood – but I like working with pine because it’s noticeably smoother and straighter than the cheapest stuff.It made the house feel dated and like something meant for a grandma.Ironically, the entire house was dated, but I loved the neighborhood and immediately had a vision.So they put their DIY skills to work to improve their front porch. See the colonial columns and scalloped header on the Before? Let's see how John and Sherry tackled this project.They are so awesome for sharing their pictures with us so you can learn how they updated their front porch columns. John used a utility knife to score the seams where the scalloped trim met the porch ceiling.