Remember this shot?
After all that work on the door, the grody 70s iron porch support was in serious need of tlc. I was having some work done on the overhang which required my contractor to remove the support for access so I just asked him to leave the 4x4 treated post, which I then wrapped with cedar boards and stained black.
I all honesty, I would never have attempted this project if it wasn't for a tute on porch column construction published by Traci @ Beneath My Heart. You can find it here. (Traci and Cy also just did a brilliant remodel of their kitchen top-to-bottom in record time - check it out!). My initial thought was to chemically strip the many many layers of rusting paint (lovely, right?) and spray paint the thing with a few coats of Rustoleum's hammered metal finish. Soooo glad I did this instead.....
Thanks for the inspiration, Traci and Cy!