Once a month, a group of us get together for a fun thrifty flip transformation. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do! Today I’m sharing how to repurpose exterior iron stair railings for our front porch!
Have you ever tackled a project and thought something wasn’t quite finished? That there was something missing?
That was how we felt after we limewashed our Meadow Brook Home.
It was so much better than the before, but it wasn’t quite right.
For starters, the 80s red brick pavers needed repair.
And then the front porch didn’t have any….oomph.
When one of our family members took down some old iron stair rails and asked us if we could do anything with them, we said sure!
But to be honest, we had no idea if they would work.
We had to do some finagling, but they are up! Here’s how we did it!
How to Repurpose
Exterior Iron Stair Railings
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To begin, first we started with checking how level these were.
We immediately saw our problem.
The ground was too high for the rails to be level, so we had to dig down a few inches until we found just the right spot.
This is such an important step, so take your time.
But you may have to dig a little, test for level, dig a little more, and maybe add back some dirt, test for level again. Rinse. Repeat.
Just be patient and get this first step right.
Once we were certain our rails were level, we built these wooden forms to pour the concrete.
We had scrap wood on hand – in fact our scraps were made of MDF from a previous project.
So as you can see that we had to dig down about 4 inches.
We didn’t nail the wood form frame together, since the dirt held it in place.
Now it’s concrete time!
Follow the directions on the bag for mixing. We used a mixing tub and a dry wall knife to mix it all together.
Once it’s fully incorporated, you are ready to pour your concrete.
We set the rails in place and then screwed them into the porch bricks to help keep it steady.
Only work on one at a time, but once it was in place, we poured the concrete.
We wanted a secure footing, so we poured about 4 inches of concrete into each form.
As you can see, it wasn’t centered or perfect, but it was level and lined up with the porch for a good sight line – and that’s what matters!
But Jen, what’s a sight line?
See how parallel the iron railing is to the steps?
That’s your sight line! Make sure it lines up.
The concrete was dry in just a few hours and we had these beautiful rails.
However, we didn’t remove the wood forms until the next day.
You want to make sure the concrete is fully cured.
So while we almost passed on this project, I’m so glad we gave it a try!
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