Wrapping Our Basement Column

Hi everyone! I haven’t been able to post in a little while because it’s been really busy here at the Welsh house! Between starting classes again (for me), and having a new (naughty) puppy, and tackling three projects last week, I couldn’t find time to do anything else!

Today’s post is about wrapping our basement column with trim. There really wasn’t a compelling reason to do this, other than we thought it would be a fast and fun project, and make an otherwise boring column look prettier. I mean, if you have to have a column in your basement, why not embrace it! Now, our little column is dressed to impress!

Here are some before and after pics for you to enjoy…

Before

basement column

After

wrapped basement column

Before

enhance basement column

Afteradding trim to column

This was a pretty easy and straightforward project to do. The one small challenge for us was that the corners of our column were round, and we wanted to make them square. That’s easy enough to do by using some 90-degree corner trim pieces, but you can’t nail the corner pieces into place because, to make rounded wall corners, you have to use rounded metal corner strips during drywalling. If you try to put a nail in that metal strip, you will fail…trust me…we’ve tried it. No biggie, we just used liquid nails to glue the corner pieces in place. While it dried, we used some bungee cords wrapped around the column to hold the corner strips in place.

wrapped column

Another thing to mention is that our walls have a lot of texture on them – new house and all. We didn’t want quite so much texture on our column, so I skim-coated the column. If you are not familiar with skim-coating, it involves spreading a very thin layer of joint compound mixed with water onto the wall using a drywall taping knife. The joint compound fills in the texture gaps, creating a smooth surface. If you want a perfectly smooth surface, you’ll probably have to apply two or more coats. I just did one for the column because I was OK with a little texture.

After everything was nailed into place, I filled all the nail holes, and caulked all the seams. Our column was ready for primer and paint!

This was an easy weekend project, and it really enhanced our basement column!

By | 2017-09-13T16:11:44+00:00 September 13th, 2017|DIY Projects|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Wendy Ryan September 14, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

    It’s amazing what a difference the wrapped column makes in the space. Just finished it off in a way that continues the farmhouse asthetic downstairs beautifully. Great job!

    • mwelsh September 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I love it when small projects make a big impact!

  2. Bree Dew September 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    The list of things you are going to be doing to my house grows with each blog post! Serious. 🙂

    • mwelsh September 20, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      My dear friend, you know I’ll be happy to help transform your home one project at a time…no matter how long it takes! 🙂

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