How can I upgrade this half wall?

It is a wall in my living room that separates the entry stairs and living room. I want to make it kid friendly and country rustic style. Thank you.
q how can i upgrade this half wall
  17 answers
  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jan 23, 2018
    I think so shiplap or beadboard would look great there!

  • Max Spiker Max Spiker on Jan 23, 2018
    I'd go with old barn siding. Or the bead board painted with milk paint.

  • Sharon Martin Sharon Martin on Jan 23, 2018
    I am in an apartment and could not do anything permanent. I had some beautiful wrapping paper and just tacked it on the wall. It looks beautiful and didn't cost anything.

  • Kelly kloster Kelly kloster on Jan 23, 2018
    When I was a kid my parents bought fun wall paper for one side and painted the other. I would add open bookshelves above the wall with iron plumbers pipe and pine boards to make better use of the empty space, but still keep the airy feel.

  • Tricia Jackson Jones Tricia Jackson Jones on Jan 23, 2018
    The show is a bit glam for my style, but I recently saw what they did with one of these walls and I loved it. It was only Flip or Flop Vegas. I think it was the following episode which is being shown again soon.
    Feb 8
    3pm | 2c
    On HGTV, of course. Hope it is something you like, too.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jan 23, 2018
    Pallet wood in a chevron or herring bone pattern to make it interesting... or... use as the backing for a bookcase built to hold bins of the kids toys, etc. drawers from an old dresser could be adapted to fit.. or make custom if you want them to fit without seeing the contents. Widen the top to make a place for doing home work or crafts or as place for setting drinks snack, etc.(saw the cup sitting there)... storage stools or ottomans underneath for the kids to sit on.

  • Diane Diane on Jan 23, 2018
    Paint it with chalkboard paint!

  • DORLIS DORLIS on Jan 23, 2018
    a friend built a shadow box display unit for our wall. He measured, went home and built it and slid it into place. we have books, figurines and photos on the shelves.

  • Emily Emily on Jan 23, 2018
    Do you want to raise this half wall to the ceiling? It appears the theme of the living room is child friendly including toys. It would be difficult to do rustic country on just the half wall but you could face it in barn board. Maybe you could add a beam over the half wall (on the ceiling) and hang baskets from that. This would give you toy storage and add to the country theme.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 23, 2018
    Hello, I guess it depends on your budget and your overall style not just based on trends. If you have always loved rustic style that's one thing, if it's just cause everyone is doing shiplap and chalk paint that's another. So budget,if it would allow you to take wall all the way up I would clothes that area up so that you can use it as you can see right now it serves no purpose. If you took it up and had 2 bookcases installed with an opening in the center for you TV that wall right now could house the twos plus books and knick knacks. Later on since your children will grow up you can still use it for just books or movies or decorative items. As for making it look rustic you could leave the wood used just stained to show beautiful grains and knots. You could add a barn door to cover the TV area and you can't get more rustic than a barn door. On the door you could hang art work or a big clock. That way that becomes a feature wall but will grow with the kids you can benefit from it as well and incorporate your personal style using the items you already have to show your love of the rustic look. If you don't want a TV in the center then Ave a built in bench or reading nook for you and/or the kids but make sure that it opens to hide all the toys and for the other toys put them on the shelves in woven baskets. But as it is now I think and it's just my opinion based on one photo, that it would look weird to just have that less that half wall covered in something unless you carry it throughout your home or at least I that room. I have been in those style of homes and generally that's the living room with the dining room eat in kitchen area more or less open to eat so you could carry it over into that area if your home is open.

  • Janet Harden Janet Harden on Jan 23, 2018
    take the sheet rock off and make a book shelf inside the wall.

  • JoLeen Bolton JoLeen Bolton on Jan 23, 2018
    I like that the wall provides some privacy for your living area when the door is open, so I'd go with something to enhance it, as opposed to removing it or opening it up. You could mirror it to make that area look larger, maybe glue on some vertical trim strips to make it look like it was an open staircase with railings.

  • Donna Rolstad Zimmer Donna Rolstad Zimmer on Jan 23, 2018
    Remove the half wall and replace it with railing.

  • Beth Beth on Jan 23, 2018
    Build shelves to cover the entire half wall and hit up IKEA for pretty baskets to put in each cubby. All the kids toys go in the baskets.

  • Ellen Ellen on Jan 24, 2018
    Put a small bookshelf on one side and paint the other with chalkboard paint. They will have a storage unit for toys and a chalkboard for fun

  • Denise Denise on Jan 24, 2018
    put a wide piece of wood or laminate across it to make a desk top and put some bar stools there and then use underneath for storage. Now you have an ”art” or work area and storage.

  • Chezewoman Chezewoman on Jan 24, 2018
    how about stone wall you can get it in thin slabs