The decision to replace the wood spindles with iron on the front porch was one of my favorite porch & patio projects. This project was easier than we anticpated. And, the impact was amazing! This project was inspired from this project to replace out interior wood spindles with iron.
This was our builder standard issue front porch. The photo does not show the weathered, splintered, and tired wood as a result Colorado dry air. The painted spindles blended into our stone.
paint vs. iron
The original plan was to paint the wood spindles black and pretend the spindles were iron. But, we would be faced with the same weathered, peeling paint we already experienced. Well, that idea clearly didn’t stick because here is the porch with iron spindles. This project was completed with ONLY 2 trips to Home Depot and 5 hours on a Saturday! The project details are below. I am so in love!
18 rod iron balusters from Home Depot
“knuckles” (I alternated the pattern)
18 “shoes” at bottom (makes for a finished appearance)
2×6 boards to build out the lower railing for the balusters
Adhesive around top and bottom of each baluster.
Balusters, knuckles and shoes: $100.00
Wood and Adhesive : $25.00
I already had the miter saw and metal blade. I love it!