Asked on Apr 17, 2015

Wood column or drywall?

Leann Stuart
by Leann Stuart
Should we drywall this column to blend it into the wall or wrap it in wood to make it look like a real column? The opening game on the right will be a pass through and the opening on the left will be a bar. The issue we are having is the difference in height of the two spaces would make a goofy column.
View from kitchen
View from living room
  6 answers
  • Lara Lara on Apr 19, 2015
    I like the idea of a column. It would create an illusion of a larger space. Good Luck - you'll have to post pictures once you complete the project.
  • Debra Grieve Debra Grieve on Apr 19, 2015
    I think you should get nice looking wood and cover it to look like a column. Just wrap the whole opening with wood so it all matches. On the living room side, take the wood all the way down to the base, so that it looks like a real beam.It will not look goofy! It will look awesome! Cover the top "beam" in the whole doorway, and trim the pass thru in trim also, even if it is simple trim. It will look great! It is extra work but, if you take it all the way to the floor and trim around the boards it will look more like a beam also. Or you can just stop the base right at the "beam" so that it sticks out more to look more real. Attention to detail makes all the difference! Hubby and I just enlarged an opening and trimmed it out to match the house. It is cheaper, but more time consuming to just drywall it, and you better be pretty good at finishing outside corners, lol!! Sorry I don't like mudding!
  • Jean Thompson Jean Thompson on Apr 19, 2015
    Love the Wood... match or find some wood with some really nice Grain lines and lightly stain it to match... Wood always makes a House look more Home Like and Warm and Inviting..
  • Sonja O Sonja O on Apr 19, 2015
    Was there a header there that you removed? Headers above doorways and openings are used to support load bearing walls. If so you may want to make sure that your ceiling has the support it needs otherwise it may sag or fall over time. You could dry wall the area in and add jambs and casing to make it look like a proper door/entryway.
  • Lindcurt Lindcurt on Apr 19, 2015
    Drywall. Unless you can make the wood beam look continuous from floor to ceiling, it would look goofy. Great idea to open up to the kitchen.
  • Dianne Dianne on Apr 19, 2015
    Have you considered drywalling and fitting in a partial column? You can make it work and it will look nice. Draw it out on paper first.