How to Re-Cover Metal Columns in Wood

If the columns in your home are all function and no style, then dress them up. Learn how to install a simple wood wrap to turn boring columns into cool architectural features.

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Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Photo by: Gary Payne

Gary Payne

Tools and Materials

This materials list is for one column cover.

  • (4) exterior-grade 1x6 x 8' (length customized to ceiling height)
  • (1) exterior-grade 1x8 x 8' for the top and bottom trim
  • (1) 1x1 trim for blocking
  • measuring tape
  • miter saw
  • pneumatic nail gun
  • speed square
  • paint, paintbrush and roller
  • paintable caulk and caulk gun

Skill Level: Intermediate
Estimated Time: 1/2 day
Estimated Cost: $200

Step 1: Cut Boards to Length

Cut four 1x6 boards to length based on the ceiling height. These will be the column shaft.

Step 2: Cut and Install Bottom Blocking

Cut four pieces of the 1x1 to 1-1/2”. Center each piece on the inside bottom of each 1x6. Nail the blocking to the 1x6. Test fit that the four pieces will connect and wrap snugly around the column. The blockers should butt against the existing column and also touch each other.

Step 3: Cut and Install Top Blocking

Cut two pieces of the 1x1 to 5-1/2”. Nail each piece to opposite sides of the soffit, butting them against the existing column. Make sure the blocking is attached to the exact spot you want the columns to be.

Step 4: Nail On the 1x6s

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Photo by: Gary Payne

Gary Payne

Add the 1x6s around the existing column, nailing them to the blocking attached to the soffit. Nail all four sides on the bottom of the column attaching the blocking pieces underneath. Nail up the sides along the edges.

Step 5: Add Decorative Trim

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Photo by: Gary Payne

Gary Payne

At the bottom and top of the column shaft, add trim pieces. Cut eight pieces of a 1x8 to 8” length. Nail each piece around the base and top of the column. Butt-join the pieces with seams positioned opposite of the ones on the column shaft.

Step 6: Seal Gaps

For any joints that are uneven or a bit wider than you’d like, use caulk to seal the gaps.

Step 7: Prep and Paint

Sand rough edges until smooth. Prime and then paint with an exterior-grade paint.

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Photo by: Gary Payne

Gary Payne

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