Since I removed the railings on our porch earlier this summer, the plan has been to make some epic craftsman columns. What we didn’t anticipate was that this project would turn into quite the Pandora’s box…the project that just keeps on giving.
But, I’m happy to report, progress has been made! This is what has been consuming my Saturdays. Kenny mows the lawn, and I get out about 30 different saws and make quite the racket.
I first began by building out the bottom of the posts and added some trim. I mitered the corners of the trim which was no easy feat for this novice.
Then I capped the top of that part of the post, thinking I was nearly done.
Alas, I wasn’t loving the proportions. I liked the bottom half of the columns, but the top half was looking a bit spindly to me. I wanted chunky. Which meant more work and more moolah, of course. That’s the way things go!
So I added and added and ended up with posts that look like these:
As you can see, I reattached a small section of railing there on the end since there’s about a 6ft drop off that side of our porch.
The columns are FAAAAR from perfect, but I’m pretty proud of them nonetheless.
Each post has 24 different boards that make up the column. I cut every darn one of them. No wonder it took me for.ev.er.
Now we’re back to the initial dilemma–what color to paint them? They aren’t good enough to stain (and some of the boards I pre-primed, as you can see), so that option is out. Check out this post for more on the dilemma or join in on the debate in the comments–white or dark?
UPDATE: We finished this project! Check out the reveal here.