How to Cover Columns

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Columns are typically found on front and back porch areas of homes. These columns support the weight of the roof overhead, adding stability to your outdoor sitting area. Covering a column is an easy way to completely change the way your outdoor space looks without a major renovation. By placing stone bricks around your existing column, you can give your space a revitalized look.

Things You'll Need

  • Stone bricks
  • Flat stone cap
  • Mortar
  • Trowel
  • Bucket
  • Light detergent
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Spray the columns with a water hose. Remove any excess dirt or debris from the columns. If necessary, remove large deposits of dirt with light detergent and a scrubbing brush. Ensure the area is clean, so the mortar will set up well.

  • Mix the mortar with water in a bucket, using the trowel to stir the mixture. Add the amounts of mortar and water described in the manufacturer's instructions that were included with the mortar. Mix thoroughly with the trowel until you have a consistent mix.

  • Apply mortar to the first stone brick with the trowel. Place mortar on the sides, top and back of the brick. Press the brick into place at the base of the column. The back of the stone should be pressed firmly against your existing column for the mortar to adhere.

  • Continue to apply bricks around your existing column. Once you have a complete row all the way around your column, continue the pattern moving up. Alternate using large and small bricks for the best look. Continue until you reach the height at which you want your column cover to stop.

  • Apply mortar to the top of your column cover generously. Smooth out the mortar into an even, flat surface using the trowel. Place your flat stone cap on top of the mortar and press it down firmly to seat it out. This will serve as the flat top on your new column cover.

  • Cover the stone work with plastic sheeting to prevent moisture seeping in. Allow the mortar to set completely before removing the plastic. This will usually take 24 to 48 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want a smoother look, consider purchasing manufactured fiberglass column covers to install.

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