Replacing Porch Railings

I don’t think I’ve mentioned that my husband is in the middle of a huge job on the front porch.

We built in 2001 and were on a budget. Faux railings were around but too pricey for us at the time.

So, my husband turned all the spindles for the railing….really…every one on the lathe.

It was a lot of work but saved a lot of money.And it was beautiful.

front porch

Fast forward to 2013 and the spindles are showing a lot of rot.

Nothing ruins your day like rotten spindles. He went out and tried to repair the bad areas but realized quickly that it wasn’t going to be a good thing.

So, we bought the faux railings and he’s replacing everything.


Before he could start, he had to cut out all the old railings…not an easy task and he has the wounds to prove it.

A couple of them are really long and heavy. We got them off the porch and to the front yard. I think I might be able to sell them.


Once he had all the old railing off, he started installing the new railings.


He has one side finished and it looks really nice.


Now all the pillars need to be painted and I think he can cross off the porch railings as something he’ll always have to do maintenance on….a good feeling…


I’ll keep you “posted” about his progress……

He’ll be working while I am in sunny Florida visiting my sister for a well deserved rest……

Don’t feel badly….he gets to go to an office everyday…with a door…that he can close…and no kids…

It’s a tough job (vacationing)..…but someone has to do it (I volunteered myself)……


  1. Oh wow, what a bummer his hand made ones rotted – ugh, that’s awful – but your new ones look FABULOUS!

    So glad you are vacationing, it’s getting colder each day – have fun and enjoy yourself.

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  2. It looks wonderful! A lot of work, but well worth it
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  3. The new ones look fabulous, but minus the upkeep so did the old ones. They are now architectural salvage, you can do something with them.
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  4. I’m with Bliss…surely there is some project you can do with those old ones..they were so beautiful! The new ones are lovely too! Enjoy your vacation!
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  5. You can def sell the old ones—take them into the booth and stage them, if they’re not too heavy.
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  6. I bet you can get good money for those rotten pillars. In the meantime the low maintenance ones will pay for themselves in no time. You have such a gorgeous home. Enjoy your vacation.
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  7. Wow…he turned them all himself? What a cryer to have to throw out all that hard work! Congrats on the low-maintenance replacements…and your vacation.

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  8. Love the new rail and spindles. Where did you buy them. Are they Fypon or Azek products?

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