How To: DIY Wood Wrapped Columns – Front Porch Update

How To: DIY Wood Wrapped Columns - Front Porch Update
How To: DIY Wood Wrapped Columns - Front Porch Update

I always wanted beautiful wood wrapped columns on my craftsman-style porch since… forever. But I also wanted an old fixer-upper farmhouse before that. That didn’t happen!

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How To DIY Wood Wrapped Columns Over Brick

So, there’s no reason I can’t make wood wrapped columns happen as I do with so many other things around our home. But you know how the menfolk are. “There’s nothing wrong with the brick.”

Are you talking to me??? Did you forget who I am? Silly man! He knew right after he said it that I had an idea. And we all know what that means. Let’s DO this!

I've always wanted wood-wrapped columns, but I have a brick exterior. Here's what I did to the from the porch of my home. Easy DIY!

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Wrapping Wood Columns

Okay, so these really aren’t considered columns, but it is a design element with potential. We have been working on updating the exterior of our home for a bit now, and this is the last thing on my list to tackle.

Last month I made new DIY wood shutters, and today I will be repeating that design element for a cohesive look. Also, check out my modern house numbers sign I made out of treated lumber.

As you can see, the brick decorative columns blend right in with the “painted brick,” which I’m in love with. Wrapping the brick with wood will break up the transition from brick to the siding on my front porch.

STEP 1 Wood Wrapped Columns

Before wrapping a brick column (or any column that’s not wood), you’ll need to do the first thing before wrapping a brick column (or any column that’s not wood) to give the wood something to attach to. We added wood pieces at the top, middle and bottom and attached them with concrete anchors. I cringed a little when we drilled into that beautiful brick.

But we made sure that we only drilled into the mortar so if we ever decided to remove the wood, the holes could be filled easily. There was no damage to the brick.

How To: DIY Wood Wrapped Columns - Front Porch Update

STEP 2

Next, we cut 1X6 treated lumber to the length we needed to wrap the brick columns. This will take a little finesse. We were fortunate that we only had to rip down a few boards to fit.

How To: DIY Wood Wrapped Columns - Front Porch Update

I secured the treated lumber with galvanized decking screws since it will get exposure to the outdoor elements. This is important because rust happens, and you don’t want your beautiful wood-wrapped column to fall.

How To: DIY Wood Wrapped Columns - Front Porch Update

Here you can see how beautiful this will be when it’s completed. What a huge difference this will make on the front porch!

I did do some light sanding on the treated lumber to remove the stamped ink letters on the wood before finishing it out.

STEP 3

And lastly, we added a trim board at the top and bottom of the wood-wrapped columns. I used a combination of stains to get the natural wood tones I wanted and sealed the wood with a waterproof coating of Gator Hide. It’s my FAVORITE top coat.

I could love the results any more than I do. It is exactly what I wanted to transition and frame my front porch. Wrapping the brick columns with wood gave it a homey, warm feeling. Just in time for the 4th of July!

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Until the next project… xo, Do

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12 Comments

  • This is absolutely beautiful and what a perfect job you did. You have the best ideas! Thanks for much for sharing.

  • Love it! It looks so warm and cozy. Friendly. Great job as always!

  • What an improvement, Donna! Looks great! Happy 4th to you and yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks, Donna! Happy 4th to you and yours as well. ๐Ÿงจ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you, Carol! Have a beautiful weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Thank you so much, Lori! I’m always happy when I can inspire others to DIY. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Looks great… it really warms up the front of your home. Beautiful Do! XOXO

  • Thank you, Denise. It needed a little something, and I love the look of natural wood on furniture, so I thought I’d try it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • My husband and I both love it! We are talking about covering old iron columns on our front with wood and this just gave us an idea of how it might look. Our brick is considered pink brick and local to the area so I hate to paint it and have that maintenance, but looks great on yours! I love how you updated your flower beds as well – makes the whole house “pop!” Great job!

  • Thanks, Pam! Yes, wrapping columns is a great way to update the exterior of any home. I think the wood is beautiful with any brick. Best wishes on your project. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Omgoodness, this looks so good! We have smallish 4″x4″ posts on our front porch and we are going to be wrapping them this summer to give them a more substantial look. Yours is such an improvement!

  • Oh, I think you’ll love your new look. Such a small change with a big impact. I can’t wait to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

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