This project was not as difficult as it may first seem. I removed the 4 base pieces and trim around the bottom of the column and took them to my local home improvement store, where I matched them up with some PVC board. The nice thing about the PVC board is that it will not warp and mildew they way the untreated pine wood did (see picture number 2 below). I used Gorilla glue (because my hubby's liquid nail tube was a solid mess) and 2 inch outdoor finishing nails. A little wood putty and several coats of paint--voila!