Fun and Easy DIY Front Porch Post/Column Wrap + One Year Review (2024)


This video got 60K views in 1.5 years so I decided to re-edit it and add an update to the end showing how the post wraps were doing.
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Hey, welcome back to jason design shop, I'm.

So glad you're here, thanks for visiting hope you stick around for the whole video because there's some cool stuff at the end that you might want to see I'm going to show you a video that I filmed a year and a half ago and it's, probably my best video about 50, 000 views.

And that was a year and a half ago.

So I'm going to show you the changes that happened on the wood.

And the the beams, the beams, the post wraps over that time, period.

So check out how to do it.

I've cut down about 10 minutes out of that old video.

So this is the shorter version, and it looks a little better.

You know, we go back and look at our old videos, we're like what were we thinking? Why did we edit it that way? So it's pretty uh, pretty funny, but check that out.

And then once you see how I did it, then we can see at the end what they look like today after just a year and a half in an area of little country where we get four seasons.

So enjoy the video thanks for coming.

Hey, don't, forget to subscribe and like because I have 50 000 subscribers by now, if everyone would subscribe, but sadly, it was the greatest video, but hopefully, uh you'll do that at the end of this you'll, find it helpful and you'll, uh, subscribe and like.

Thank you.


All right? Everybody.

Welcome back to jason's design shop today, we're going to do something I've never done before, which is to box in some posts in the front of the house.

Let's get started all right so here's.

What we're gonna do we're gonna put this big eight foot long, eight inches wide, one inch, thick, we're gonna make a box out of them.

I've got 16 of them because we have four posts, four in each one all right so let's get going this one all right here that there was once boxed in before the cement step there.

So we're gonna do it again, all right, I got all four boards here, ready to mark them all up all at once and then we'll, uh, cut them all at once put them all together all at once one beam at a time, because I think they're all going to be slightly different better to cut off than to add.

We want it to be nice and snug, but that gets cut off.

Now we got to come down for a beam right here.

So let's measure that out.

Okay, mark them all cutting off the length.

So they'll sit up there nicely.

But then I I'm starting here and going up.

So I need to break this brick, get it down inside the box and get another one? Maybe on this side just so they can sit on that nicely off the ground off.

The water end grain will want to suck in the water.

So although it's only when it snows wire this leave this on the inside put this on the outside.

But this is probably nailed on here.

And I don't think it's going to work.

We'll see we'll see how wide is this maybe maybe that's pretty silly.

We forgot the power.

I just show you that to show you see you're, not the only one I want to have a nice sharp corner so I'm going to use the jig.

So I can create a sharp corner in there.

I think that'll look a bit better.

Oh see that you think that was bad, but that's, actually good.

That means I'm not going to be too big.

I take a 16th off there'll, be a perfect fit let's check the height, see it, but we'll leave the uh, the extra on the top.

I suppose now harder than it looks.

We've got to shave off a hair, uh, skill cell might work.

Better table saw let's.

Try this.

Well, that was a hair, oh it's sitting but it's binding up.

Now just micro micro too tight there.

It is this size flush.


I think I want to put the piece on the bottom there.

Now, the brick down on the bottom.

I found the second brick.

This one's carrying a lot of the weight of this.

But this one's floating, I don't like that by hitting something here, oh, look at that.

Some cement there, if I hit that I can get it further back in like that edge, that's nice covers the holes.

I don't want to break the caulking caulking liquid nails down in there hook it to the cement it'll be good all right let's do that too well, some liquid nails underneath this maybe we'll help.

It bite.


I think we're.

Good back in here.

Okay, notch for the wire there got around it.

Still quite a gap up there.

I don't like here's our hole the other side.

I think the key is now we're going to fasten on the face.

You can get that back on whatever and then build everything off of this line.

Everything up go around.

And this will be screwed into the beam.

So will this really on each side.

Each side has a two by four face, and we can screw right into that, um and recess the nuts.

All right.

And this is the only one in the back that will be pushed back it's going to look cool, though all right, I wanted just to go through with the brad nailer and make the box too fast.

But I don't have any the right length that's over an inch.

I only have a three quarter inch so I'm using this bit to recess it.

So I might put a shim in there.

It gets bigger and bigger, because the beam sticks out there that one push it through let's see what we can find, you know, pearl, you can help me so down here.

I could put in one of these painting sticks.

It quickly gets too loose, though so maybe we'll double them up break one in half.

And then I have a piece of pallet wood that will fit up in here, right there and support that can I get all the way in there.

Yeah, there we go all right.

I need to keep it straight late up and down.

Yeah, okay.

I've screwed in this side with three screws.

And I hook that back on the screws there I'm going to putty those up.

My wood putty before we stain it.

And we just got these two sides to deal with put this brace in to hold it.

Now I can put it on there.

Perfect seamless love it one here, although nothing's keeping the top from pushing in.

I could put a little block brace and just screw it right into the beam I'm gonna brad nail this stuff in here.

And here all right, right? Got a box top in there.

Now, let's brag, the whole thing together lock it in baby, all right I'm using this to line it up and get it totally flat.

So I get a nice corner on some of these pushing the bow there's, not much of a bow creates a perfect flush corner, love it, hardly any crack at all that's, my best corner.


What happened? Oh, it came through the best way to deal with.

This is just take some pliers bend it off there.

Oh, what is this right? You get that I'm going further and further in fun times there.

It is the first beam.

So I covered up some of the screw holes with some wood, putty, hopefully we're going to be staining this dark so there's a lot of staple holes, and I could do, I suppose you happy dog.

And once again, the handy take this out here we go that we popped out like the other one looks like perfect fit.

The first try well with this lamp, mounted like that, and the wire is going up there's, no box so we're going to drill a hole in this with this come on camera with this.

Now, the wires come right out into here.

So it can just be mounted on boom, like that that'll be much nicer all right and it'll hide the wires, all the way up to the roof.

I put this one on got the hole.

There looks good a little wedge in there and halfway points put this up.

And voila, oh, yeah, a little crack there I'll compress that perfect all right let's.

Put that on very solid is light over here.

Looks cool.

Huh? Trying to hook the light on I'm taking the house and clean it and we'll, put it back on there.

This one, yeah, two more to go new light bulb cleaned up all the glass cleaned up the container put this back together.

Let's go, put it on it doesn't quite bring it back to new, but it's harder than it.

Did number one that I did number two some light on it finish this today as well, the bell back there.

And then the third one, fourth, one, I had to glue it there.

Some ugly gutter coming down there.

All right, I like this brown look, good, it's, actually called red mahogany, 220 five.

So here we go let's do this.

I like it all right, that's.

The end of this project, uh, gonna do the other beams like this.

So they all look the same get out there and do something cool.

See you guys check out the next video? Okay, friends.

Thank you for watching us stain that and make these uh boxes around the pillars there.

I think it looks way better don't.

You all right, tell me what you think in the comments and like this video and subscribe, if you enjoying this content, catch you next time, friends, bye, all right in the video.

I start with this center post between the two carports and the garage, and you could see that wood shrinks doesn't it.

And this is the sun every morning.

The sun hits.

This hits this beam, my uh caulking that I put in there, the wood filler has popped out of just about all of these.

Oh look at that that's going to fall right out this one's going to fall right out and some bugs, and you can see and pop these out so we're going to refill it.

And then look at the the color change from up here to down here.

The sun has just beat this.

The weather has hit it.

So we need to restain this down here and there's.


We can do about the bigger cracks, um, but sometimes did pretty good.


One is terrible in the middle it's still tight up high and down low.

It opened up a little bit, but yeah, that's probably one of the worst spots, but it's on the side.

So when you're looking at the garage from the front it's, not a problem, the back one stayed the best right? No sun, no, uh, no problems, oh that maybe that needs to be filled.

But all the little filler the little tacks, uh, staples are still filled that one's.

Look pretty good.

The other is the next post.

You can really see the the sun beating down here and the stain wearing out so we're going to touch that up and the front as well, a little spreading out down here, too pulling, uh, not a crack that bothers me anymore.

There are roses, but look at the back here.

So it tells me that actually it's it's it's cupping in the in the the sun is cupping this and pulling this out as it shrinks it's, a pretty big gap there.

And how about this side? Oh, that looks great over here in the shade.

All the way down looks really good there in the tree.

This other one.

This is pretty tight all the way up this one's, looking good a little bit of a gap going there, but it's hard to know, but again, look at in the sunny side, holy cow.

This one just has really shrunk away, pulled out look at these staples.

But no one sees this corner.

Wow, look, how much that shrunk? This piece is terrible.

So the sun is very very hard.

Just the morning sun on these things.

Um, yeah.

This was I used those clamps and had this really tight and looked solid came to a nice corner look at that.

But again, this the side that's, not in the sun.

You can see that step right there so it's shrunk that way, but it's still nice and tight.

And this is all faded.

And the sun doesn't really even hit this.

This is strange really rough from about here down.

How about the front? I got the this all hooked on and that's holding up, and that that seam is still pretty good all the way up and down.

I like that seam looks like I couldn't get stain under here.

So that's, it guys, that's.

What happened over about a year and a half it really that sun is hard on it, but I'm just gonna get some stain the same stain.

I used put on the rag and rub it in it's gonna I think it's gonna even it all out I'll show you that in a second and call it good.

Uh, someday, I might rip it all off there and make a bigger box around it that doesn't can the whole box can shrink together and that's.

The key is, uh, one side could be fastened to your post, it's there.

And the other four sides need to be able to shrink without hitting the post and therefore stopping to move.

And the other one keeps moving and rips it apart and opens it up, but the whole box that you build can shrink together, you're, good.

It won't.

It won't do that so bad all right, but it's still going to fade in the sun and beat up right and dry.

So let's go get some stain and see what it looks like when you put that on that old dry wood down low on the bottom here, all right, hey, look check this out.

I found the actual can that I had used on that first video, uh, red, mahogany, 225.

So let's go out and put some of this on.

Um, I won't show this because I'll probably do it another day after that soaks in.

But I made a cedar gate in my backyard, and you can watch that video it's a copy.

My only one that I've copied from another youtuber called the wood whisperer.

He makes a really cool back gate for your backyard.

And I made one out.

He did out of white oak.

And I do it on that video out of cedar.

And so I get this stuff at home depot, and I painted the whole thing, and it seemed to hold up great this whole summer.

So I'll do the posts with this as well as another coat on that before winter hits and we'll, see how that goes, but uh, check it out let's.

Do it all right? Let's just sew this on see what happens? Oh, yeah, it was faded.

A lot is that even the same stuff.

Wow, we're gonna have to go all the way up here.

Well, you can see the change is huge.

So it looks like I have to redo the whole thing and uh, get her done.

So that's, what happens? Wood shrinks and wood dries in the sun, I'm, jason for jason design shop.

Thanks for watching.

I hope you like and subscribe and we'll catch you next time? Bye, you can't tell me that doesn't look a whole lot better maintenance.

Man, it's.

What you gotta do.

Fun and Easy DIY Front Porch Post/Column Wrap + One Year Review (2024)


What is the best material to wrap exterior columns? ›

PVC, faux wood, and vinyl are among the most durable materials you can use to wrap porch columns.

How can I make my porch posts look better? ›

Paint porch posts with exterior paint.

This will not only add color, but again seals everything. We used white exterior paint that matches our house trim. We did two coats. I'm shocked with how much character the porch posts added to our curb appeal after we gave them this little makeover!

Can you wrap existing porch columns? ›

If your existing columns are structurally sound, you may decide to update them by adding a Column Wrap. There are many new styles and materials to choose from, and once you've selected a type, there are simple steps to adding it. Measure and pre-fit the wrap: Put the wrap around the Column and measure.

How do I keep my porch posts from rotting? ›

Placing a thick layer of loose gravel at the bottom of the post hole will allow groundwater to trickle through the rocks and down away from the base of the post. This will prevent the post from rotting by keeping it constantly dry. You can purchase gravel at a local hardware store or landscaping-supply business.

What is the best material for a wrap around porch? ›

If the goal is to build a low-maintenance wrap-around deck, opt for composite decking and vinyl railings, as these materials require little more than cleaning once a season. However, for a warm and more natural texture, wood is a good option, but it will require annual pressure washing and restaining every few years.

How much does it cost to wrap a porch post? ›

How much does a Column Wrap cost? A typical price for a Column Wrap is $774 but can range from approximately $30 to $3,005.

How much value does a wrap around porch add? ›

Adding a porch enclosure can allow your home's value to increase by 4-6% and could help your home standout among other listings to potential buyers.

How do you fix rotting wood post without replacing it? ›

You can repair rotten wood by first removing the rotting from the original board or joists. You can then fill the surrounding area with a soft wood polyester filler or wood patch using a plastic putty knife. This material fills the area and cures to ensure strength and resilience.

What can you put on wood to keep it from rotting outside? ›

Boric acid (borate) is one of the most effective fungicides for use in treating wood rot. It can be applied to wood during construction to prevent future rot, or as a treatment to stop an active decay fungus from growing.

How long does vinyl wrap last outside? ›

Most vinyl wraps last five to seven years but you can get the most mileage out of your wrap with proper preparation and proper care.

What kind of wood do you use to wrap porch columns? ›

Mahogany is superior for crafting exterior wood columns due to its astounding resistance against moisture and water. This makes this type of timber highly durable, making it a great choice in terms of both strength and longevity.

What is the best wrap finish? ›

If you can't decide between gloss or matte, definitely go with a satin finish. It is the best of both worlds. Satin wraps are not as shiny as gloss wraps, but they reflect more light than matte wraps. Satin wraps in a way resemble a look of a satin shirt, making your car look very sophisticated and classy.

How thick is Pole-Wrap? ›

The utility pole wrap is available in 100' rolls and in various roll widths ranging from 18” to 60” and in both 40 mil and 60 mil thicknesses.

What is the difference between a porch post and a porch column? ›

The main difference you'll notice right off the bat is that porch posts are inherently smaller in size than exterior porch columns, averaging a diameter of about 5 inches. A porch post is typically a bit more detailed but can't carry as much load-bearing weight as its column counterpart.

Does a wrap around porch add value to your home? ›

Yes, A Porch Addition Will Add Monetary Value To Your Home

The real estate market is hot right now, and buyers want areas to enjoy outdoors, and not just your basic “builder grade” deck or concrete patio. The more luxurious you make the space, the higher the return.

What is a farmer's porch? ›

Sometimes it is simply called a front porch, but a wide and narrow front porch extending across all or most of the home has traditionally been called a farmer's porch. Farmer's porches were around long before the term “outdoor living spaces” became popular, but that is exactly what they were built for: living.

How do I make my front porch look modern? ›

A modern front porch has a well-edited selection of decor—and furniture, if space allows—to give it a polished and uncluttered feel. A modern pendant light, colorful, or patterned outdoor rug in place of a traditional doormat, or sculptural planters can set the tone for a space that feels current and fresh.

How well does vinyl wrap stick to wood? ›

Vinyl will stick to most woods depending on the surface of the wood. It's important for it to be smooth. Rough wood with lots of sawdust and chips on it will be very problematic in terms of the vinyl sticking down long term. The rough surface does not allow for an even stick.

What is a column wrap? ›

A column cover or a column wrap is an architectural column that goes around a structural support (wood post, I-beam, lally column, etc.) in order to conceal the support, wiring, or anything else for that matter. All of our columns are either intentionally made as column covers or can be split to become covers.

Will vinyl wrap stick to concrete? ›

Vinyl wraps will not adhere well to rusted metal, untreated wood, or other rough surfaces. Rough surfaces can also make your graphic deteriorate quickly. If you're looking to add vinyl to a brick, tile, or concrete surface, you will need to use textured surface vinyl for proper adhesion.

What is the best glue for PVC column wraps? ›

Apply PVC adhesive by squirting it into the four joints using a plastic squeeze bottle with a thin, tapered nozzle applicator or a tube of Weld-On 705. PVC adhesives such as Weld-On 705, Christy's Red Hot or TrimWelder White Hot are a few recommended solvent based PVC adhesives.

Do you have to paint PVC column wraps? ›

Paintable Surfaces

All PVC Column Wraps come in a standard white finish. This finish is weather resident, so no painting is required. However, all PVC Column Wraps can be painted with 100% acrylic exterior paint or acrylic with urethane additive paint.

What is AZEK column wrap? ›

Azek column wrap is 3 plus 1 profile manufactured from cellular PVC. AZEK column wraps have only smooth finish. Three connected panels and a fourth “locking” panel fit easily and securely around a structural support. AZEK Column Wrap can be cut using the same tools used to cut lumber.

Do porch posts need to be pressure treated? ›

Direct Contact with a Source of Moisture

This means posts in contact or buried underground obviously, but it also includes any lumber touching concrete or masonry since it's porous and wicks water like a sponge. As long as there's a good chance that moisture can reach the wood, it should be pressure treated.

How deep should a wrap around porch be? ›

Wraparound porches.

These need to be a minimum of 6 ft. (2.1 m) deep, but 8 ft. (2.4 m) is more typical and functions better. You will also need plenty of breadth to have them appear correct.

What's more expensive wrap or paint? ›

Cost is a likely factor in a wrapping vs painting decision: is it cheaper to wrap or paint a car? Paint jobs run from $500 (low quality) or anywhere between $1,000-$5,000 (high-quality). A professional wrap runs between $2,500 to $5,000. There is also a labor cost to remove the wrap that may range between $500-$600.

What is the standard depth of a wrap around porch? ›

Most resources will say the minimum for a porch is 6 feet in depth. This is for good reason, as that allows enough room for you to incorporate chairs, potted plants, and/or other furniture with enough room to move around and walk in front of the furniture.

Can pressure treated wood be wrapped with PVC? ›

The low-maintenance PVC wrap goes around pressure-treated wood posts or steel to give a more finished look to an exterior column.

How much does it cost to install porch columns? ›

It usually costs between $300 and $600 to install one porch column. Porch column installation costs can be as low as $300 and as high as $2,500. The materials you choose and whether the column is ornamental or load-bearing affect the cost. Only professionals should replace structural porch columns.

Will pressure treated wood posts rot? ›

Rot is a Real Threat for Any Wood

Pressure-treating can make wood water-resistant, but it's not 100 percent rot-resistant. Any time the wood moves, bends, or cracks, water can enter. While this may seem worrisome, the key is to keep the water away.

What is the best thing to do to prolong the lifespan of wooden post? ›

If you're using regular wood fence posts or pressure treated lumber, you can add an additional layer of protection between the post and the earth by painting the bottom of each post with asphalt emulsion. Sealing the tips of your posts can extend your fence's lifespan by years.

How do you harden rotted wood? ›

Once you've removed the crumbling wood, use a wet rot wood hardener and apply it to the wood with a paintbrush. Don't be afraid to lay it on thick and leave it to soak into the wood. When the hardener is dry, the rotten wood should be healthy again.

How do you fix a deteriorated column? ›

Shore the column and remove and replace the in-place concrete. Shore the column and increase the size of the column to reduce the bending stresses, and to increase the confinement on already placed weak concrete. Wrap the column with carbon- or glass-reinforced plastic. Install a supplemental column.

Does hydrogen peroxide stop wood rot? ›

Fungicides to defeat brown rot include: baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, boron solutions, ethylene glycol or propylene glycol, vinegar, etc. Since the dry rot fungus requires an acidic environment from pH 0 to 5.5, certain of these fungicides work because they change the pH.

Does vinegar stop wood rot? ›

One popular remedy for wood rot is vinegar because vinegar's acidity has the ability to act as a fungicide that kills off fungal spores.

What liquid rots wood? ›

Brown rot fungi break down cellulose using hydrogen peroxide, a substance that comes from broken-down hemi-cellulose. A tiny molecule, it slips into the wood and spreads fast.

What is the best wood to wrap exterior columns? ›

Wood Types To Use for Wrap Exterior Columns

Cedar and Pinewood are the best wood materials of choice for durable exterior columns that stand the test of time. Their superior weather resistance ensures a long-lasting finish.

How do you protect exterior wood columns? ›

Use an outdoor-rated finish like polyurethane, epoxy, lacquer, or varnish. Make a natural oil finish with one part tung or linseed oil, one part mineral spirits, and one part polyurethane. Use a stain sealant combo that gives your wood some color and a durable finish all in one.

What are column wraps made of? ›

Our Classic and Raised Panel column wrap styles are created from a single piece of VERSATEX cellular PVC with three pre-mitered grooves that fold around the structural post and lock together with a friction-fit lockmiter joint.

Why are concrete columns wrapped in plastic? ›

Joluka Column Wrap is used to wrap around columns shortly after casting to improve curing times. The Column Wrap also provides a layer of protection against surface damage.

Should I use pressure treated wood for porch columns? ›

When it comes to choosing the right kind of wood for your porch columns, be sure to pick a wood that is pressure treated and KDAT (kiln dried after treated). Pressure treated and KDAT lumber are better options than regular wood, as their chemistry makes them resistant to rot. that don't contain chromium or arsenic.

What do you cover wood posts with? ›

Vinyl Post Wraps - Also known as post cladding, are used to wrap existing, structurally sound wooden deck posts or porch posts with vinyl.

What is the best wood for outdoor posts? ›

Redwood and Cedar. While pine is the best exterior softwood for the money, Redwood and Cedar are better exterior softwoods for stability. Redwood and Cedar are pinkish, with heart redwood being a darker pink than Western Red Cedar.

How do you keep untreated wood from rotting? ›

We recommend mixing authentic pine tar with purified linseed oil. These two products can work well to ensure the wood substrate is properly nourished. They can protect the wood against rot and damage.

How thick is a column wrap? ›

RoyalWrap™ column wraps or covers are made from 3/8” (economy), ½” (most common), 5/8”, and 1” thick cellular PVC sheets.

What happens if you don't put plastic under concrete? ›

“Without a vapor barrier, concrete will deteriorate much faster through water vapor intrusion which degrades the quality of the concrete over time and can lead to foundation and building failures, like Surfside Condominium Collapse in Miami, Florida,” says vapor barrier plastic sheeting expert and Americover account ...

What are the disadvantages of using plastic in concrete? ›

Using synthetics like plastic in concrete generally weakens the material because they do not bond to the cement mix as well as sand. Properties such as the type of plastic, particle size and shape, and the rheology of the wet mix all have an influence on the strength of the finished concrete.

What happens if you don't water concrete? ›

Concrete that is not moist-cured at all dries too rapidly, and reaches less than half its potential design strength. It will also have a greater number of shrinkage cracks.

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