How to Decorate Front Porch Columns

Front porch columns provide more than structural support to the porch covering. They can be a focal point of the porch's decor, or can blend into your existing decor. Front porch columns can quickly become covered in chipped paint and look outdated and shabby. A fresh coat of paint and the addition of a few accessories will update your porch columns and give the front of your house a welcoming and inviting look.

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Fresh paint will make the columns look crisp and updated.

Step 1

Wipe the columns with a damp cloth and let them air dry. Sand down any chipped paint or rough areas with 220-grit sandpaper and wipe the dust off with a tack cloth.

Step 2

Paint the columns with an exterior paint that includes a primer. Select a color that matches your shutters or trim, or use white for a crisp look. Let the paint air dry. If you do not want to paint, install column wraps which will cover the old columns.

Step 3

Wrap the columns in single strings of holiday lights, or hang a bow on each column. Use white lights or bows in neutral colors so they can be used year-round.

Step 4

Place plant pots with vining plants at the bottom of each column. Place adhesive-backed garden hooks up the backs of the columns, every 6 inches. As the plants grow, train the vines around the columns by looping them through the hooks.