I’ve been on a roll about improving our porch. First came the DIY porch curtains, and a few days ago I tackled replacing the lattice on the bottom of the porch.
This is my kind of DIY project because
- anyone can tackle this in an hour
- it’s inexpensive
- and it instantly adds a more attractive, finished look to your house
Our house is built on pillars, so we have this big space between the porch and the ground.
This is what the bottom of the porch looked like after I added some plants the other day.
Before I plant more, I wanted to add lattice under the porch.
The Easiest Way to Install Lattice Around a Porch
I found these leftover lattice pieces in the backyard after we bought the Blue Cottage and stuck them in front of the porch to cover at least a little bit of that dead space.
Wanting to find a better solution for skirting the porch, I went to Home Depot and checked out what else they sell that I could use for that space.
I ended up buying two 4 x 8 pieces of these white plastic lattice. They cost only $11 each.
I knew I’d have to cut them to size and bought a metal cutter (for $9), thinking it might be strong enough to let me cut it by hand. The other plan was to ask Don for help, since he has every power tool in the world.
Home Depot also sells nice framing pieces for a more finished look, but I didn’t think I’d need them. I didn’t want to deal with framing in the lattice — I wanted to do this the easiest way for now.
I got lucky and didn’t have to cut the height — it was perfect. I had to cut some of the length and around the fence posts.
I kind of just eyed where I had to cut it, and tried out the metal cutter. It was super easy to cut the lattice with it!
One tip: always cut less the first time — it’s easy enough to cut off another small sliver of the lattice if you need to get the perfect fit.
Instead of drilling screws into the lattice to fasten it to the porch, I just used nails for now. The lattice is secure, and I can always add screws later.
Or I might leave it like this, because it makes it super easy to remove the lattice if I ever have to get to something under the porch.
Now that the porch skirting is done, the pressure treated wood the whole porch is built with screams for white stain to blnd in with our white trim.
Have you ever added lattice to a porch or pation?
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