Asked on Sep 18, 2017

What can I do with these spindles if I cannot remove them? Help

by Rosanne
  23 answers
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Sep 18, 2017

    Are you sure you can't remove them? They aren't usually structural (of course it is better to check). I had 2 half walls with them, and they came off quite well...We removed the moulding between them on the bottom with a glazing bar (thin pry bar), you could probably use a chisel and hammer, then we just shimmied them back and forth and they came screws. Then there was a flat piece of moulding on the ceiling.

    If for some odd reason they are structural, you could replace them with a couple of nice columns.

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Sep 18, 2017

    You should be able to cut them out at the top and bottom of each spindle, then sand and stain or paint the wood casing in a color you like. Use the spindles for craft projects, etc.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Sep 18, 2017

    I see that the molding around your door and the floor by the door is light. Perhaps you could paint the spindles and molding light to match that part of your décor.

  • Alyssa Alyssa on Sep 18, 2017

    Are you unable to remove them because you're renting? Because I think you could make a good case to your landlord that removing them would increase rather than decrease his property value, since the look is dated and chops up the rooms.

    If you absolutely can't remove them, then painting them a lighter color would brighten the space a bit.

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    • Alyssa Alyssa on Sep 23, 2017

      Why do you say that? Speaking for myself, I would definitely pay more for a house with an updated look and open floor plan than for one with divided rooms and dated decor.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 18, 2017

    When you can, remove the whole wall for an open look. But for now, you could hang sheer curtains from one end to the other, floor length, including the "door". Tie the sheers back in the door area. To make this really snap, paint the half wall and spindles the same color as the sheers. It's an idea 😇

  • Amy  Nahirny Amy Nahirny on Sep 19, 2017

    if you can't remove them then you can weave fabric through them and make a pretty screen, oryou could wrap them in burlap..

  • Julie Medved Julie Medved on Sep 19, 2017

    Take out the whole wall it will open up that room and look fab

  • Ellis Ellis on Sep 20, 2017

    If they're not structural, just saw through them and pull them out from top and bottom.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 20, 2017

    Do you just want to hide them or change the look Rosanne?

  • TNsteph TNsteph on Sep 20, 2017

    They typically wouldn't be on a weight baring wall. Just cut them out as close to the top and bottom. With that being said, that entire wall probably isn't weight bearing, you could just take down the top part, bottom part or both. Good luck.

  • Susan K Mullins Susan K Mullins on Sep 20, 2017

    Paint them in a light color to lighten up the area.

  • Susann Campbell Susann Campbell on Sep 20, 2017

    Paint them white and then glaze them bright colors to make your home festive or like a caravan . Lot of color every where . I like a bright and fun home that reminds me of a dolls house and anyone that comes to visit find it very comfortable. A few don't but it is my home , LOL my space and if I had something like this , well oh my it would be glorious.

  • Deanna Auman Deanna Auman on Sep 21, 2017

    I would paint them a maple leaf red and your front door


  • Deanna Auman Deanna Auman on Sep 21, 2017

    i would paint them a maple leaf read and your front door get swatches from Home Depot would look great with the co colors you have on the wall.

  • Bar17218364 Bar17218364 on Sep 21, 2017

    I'm just guessing here but it appears that your home was built during that period of time when interiors were chopped up or areas were defined as specific living areas, kitchen, living room, dining room. Tear out the wall and open the space. The wall is not load bearing. Spindles do not support load bearing walls. Google, 'how to determine if a wall is load bearing.

  • Jaime Jaime on Sep 21, 2017

    As a last resort, you can buy a woodpecker and let him go to town on those spindles!

  • Barb Barb on Sep 21, 2017

    We had almost the very same thing when we bought our house . We took them out and made cut outs looking in to the living room on both sides Kind of like a large window. We had two walls in a L shape.When we needed a change this is what we did . Once you remove them put up sheet rock half away and on top forming a large cut out like a window unframed. . You can make little alcoves between the studs for storage . Place plants picture frames Or little decorations in them for an updated look with the seasons .

    Hope that helps But what you have there is nice and different the way it is the look is coming back .

  • Patti Patti on Sep 21, 2017

    Exactly what don't you like about the spindles? Shape? Color ?

    If you don't like the shape and cannot remove them ... there is a wrap around covering you could try. My sister had it to put around the support columns in her basement. Looked like wood columns. This was many years ago. There may be smaller sizes available now. If not, maybe the large size can be cut down.

    If the spindles are not supporting ... just remove & replace ... with different spindles ... or leaded glas, etc. Or remove the whole wall & open up the room. Or put up drywall and block it all off.

    Lot of choices. I'm sure you'll make the right one for YOU 😊

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Sep 21, 2017

    Back in the 70's they were just decorative, not structural. I'd remove them, make the little necessary patches, then enjoy the openness. Best of luck.

    • Connie Connie on Feb 05, 2019

      I wish I could remove mine, but they are structural. It was an outside wall and the cutout was made when a room was added to the house.

  • Barb Barb on Sep 21, 2017

    I would personally add decorative columns and drywall the over the wood ledge to make it look updated and brighter and here's a few ideas that you may like.

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  • Michele Michele on Sep 21, 2017

    I would take the spindles out if I could but maybe replace the wall or at least at the end of each wall, put in some kind of pillar. These these types of add ins are for architectural personality. When you update your home keep a personality in mind. Homes need balance.

  • Marie Poisson Marie Poisson on Sep 23, 2017

    Thank you for posting these options!!! It is very helpful!