What to do about these decorative spindles?


Ideas I have pondered... take them out and paint the ledge. Keep, paint white and may wrap with wire lights... paint navy to make a statement... Idk... I am glad they are not attached to the ceiling ...easy patch and paint if I remove them and the upper wood piece. BTW - this is a home that I move into next week. My personal style is bohemian/eclectic/modern/midcentury. :)

q what to do about these decorative spindles
  20 answers
  • Nan W. Nan W. on Oct 16, 2020

    Get rid of them! They chop up and date your house!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 16, 2020

    At first I did not see the ledge, it blended.

    The beam supporting the division between the rooms is up there for the load bearing so the spindles serve no purpose other than decoration. If you want a more open look, remove and patch, I also wonder if then you would consider removing the ledge(s)?

    Thank you for the picture.

  • take them out. Leave the ledge. Place large house plants on each of ledge.

  • Janice Janice on Oct 16, 2020

    I'm lazy and not into tearing out things as it usually gets more involved than one thinks it will. I'd paint the same color as the ledge or chair rail and call it good. Then use the spoindles for a base to decorate for the different holidays or the lights as you mentioned.

  • I'm going to be the dissenter here. I love old homes and their charming design elements like this one. Unless you remove that ledge you're not really gaining any extra space. They'll look awkward and could potentially be a tripping hazard. I'd paint them and the ledges white, though. It will match the rest of your trim.

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    • Brooke Watson Brooke Watson on Oct 16, 2020

      No wood! :( I plan to hardwood the dining area, and put in new carpet the living room.. I think that's why this is so top of mind. This seems to be the time to decide the plan!

  • Em Em on Oct 16, 2020

    If you don't want to remove them paint them. They will not stand out so much. Another option would be remove the middle one. Box in the other two with a column of 4 pieces of 1/2" wood and add shelves across the two remaining ones.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Oct 16, 2020

    I would take them out and replace them with one large chunky pillar on each side. Then paint the same white as your trim color. Classic! :)

  • William William on Oct 16, 2020

    Based on your early American furniture and decor I would paint them same color as the living room. For a more modern look I would remove the spindles and knee walls.

  • Pat Pat on Oct 16, 2020

    This picture seems to be different than the other one you posted. Which is the house you purchased and are moving into? I think this one is very nice.

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    • Brooke Watson Brooke Watson on Oct 16, 2020

      Can you tell I have a TON of updates to do? :) here is the kitchen... Thankfully I have bene using chalk paint for about 10 years now. So easy update with paint and new lights. This room flows into that formal dining room...you can kinda see it on the right...

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 16, 2020

    I think I would remove them and replace with open shelving, like glass or lucite. I think they would look odd removed if you leave the bottom piece.

    If I were going to paint, I would match the trim work with bright white.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 16, 2020

    Remove the border and the curtain treatments.

    Add some color in the form of an accent color. Pick something that is modern and current.

    A small chandelier over the kitchen table would bring some bling into the room.

    Perhaps some new lighting. My dad also had brass lamp stands.

  • Em Em on Oct 16, 2020

    Should have told us that was not your furniture. I did not want to hurt your feelings.

    Take them out. They are dated. Without them there someone would trip over the low wall so that would have to go as well. One boxed in pillar closer to the wall would still define the separation but modernize the opening.

    • Brooke Watson Brooke Watson on Oct 16, 2020

      Okay - yes - realized I omitted that this is a home I'm moving into next week. I think I'll get a hold of someone that does sheetrock / trim and have them take it all out. I'll even up the walls and add nice trim all around.

  • Janice Janice on Oct 16, 2020

    Brooke, the fact that you are going to replace the floor coverings changes my idea about not remvoing the post, short wall, and ledge. I was attempting to not cause repair work that usually gets more involved than one plans for. As you said, now's the time to do the big change out to modern and there's nothing modern about the spindles, etc. I don't know you, but am SO excited for what you can do with your new purchase. This would be a real opportunity for you to post onto Hometalk with individual projects, though it might take a lot of extra time and be much work of

    taking pics along the way but it would document your work. Sometimes it's fun to look back at all the accomplishments as you renovate a place and serves as inspiration when you feel as if the work is never ending.

    • Brooke Watson Brooke Watson on Oct 16, 2020

      I sure will! I already love this website. So, so helpful. I agree, now is the time... I'm pretty much willing to do whatever to update...i just want to do it from the get go so it doesn't impact flooring later!

  • Dee Dee on Oct 19, 2020

    You need to find out if those spindles are on a load bearing wall. If they are you will need to put in a load bearing beam or your roof will collapse. If they are not load bearing, you can take them down fix the ceiling and either keep the ledge or take it out and open up the floor plan. But if you take the ledges out, you will need to fix the flooring that would be under the ledge.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Oct 20, 2020

    If you are replacing the flooring, definitely take out the spindles and the ledge. This is the time to do it. Once the new flooring goes down, you'll be pretty much stuck. You will have a much more open flow and feel without the (useless) barriers. I've been remodeling homes for 50 years. Trust me when I say that you will be so happy to have all of it gone and will wonder why you ever questioned removing them. My very best wishes for your new home!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 22, 2020

    Hello again Brooke,

    Hang Macrame Planters in between spindles. Best wishes

  • Hi! So I think you could do a few different things here depending on what you like. First, you could remove them, add drywall from ledge to ceiling and trim out the opening. If you like a more open floor plan, remove them and the ledge. In this case, I'd still probably add some trim. Another, more fun option might be to remove them, keep the ledge, and add hooks. You can then add hanging plants at varying heights.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Oct 31, 2020

    I would paint them the color of the walls to blend in or remove

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Oct 31, 2020

    i would take them out. Leave the ledge. Place large house plants on each of ledge.

  • Martin George Martin George on Nov 11, 2020

    Just great decorative spindles. I would take everything to the village and set up a holiday home for myself. I often collect all sorts of Antiques and restore them. Once I made great yard furniture out of old boards from the garage. My wife and I ordered all our home interiors from https://nyfurnitureoutlets.com/living-room-furniture/oversized-chair because we really like their quality and price. We love to often change something at home from the furniture. We sometimes just change a month or something from the kitchen furniture or a sofa. The last time we bought a new great chair. It is very convenient to watch TV as the sofa has a bad spring.

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