When you walk into our house, you enter into the living room. If you look straight ahead, you are facing the dining room, and the kitchen beyond that. This is what it looks like:
Is it a half-wall or just a wall with a hole in it? A pass-through? I’ve never liked this wall. It’s just silly to me. Don’t get me wrong, a simple pass-through like this wouldn’t be bad in a contemporary house. But this isn’t a contemporary house, it’s a Victorian.
While painting, I decided to remove the piece of wood in the half wall that had bothered me since we moved in. The wood doesn’t look so bad from this angle, but it was very worn (not in a good way), ill-fitted and very, very orange. It was also too narrow to use as a buffet, but deep enough to collect piles of papers and things all the time.
It was very easy, there were no fasteners keeping it in place, just 5 layers of paint. So it just took some scraping with a flat head screwdriver, and a mallet. Once it was free from the paint, the whole piece of wood just lifted right up.
I am kicking myself for living with it there for 3+ years. It’s gone now, and it looks better, but the wall is still silly. I don’t know how to make it not silly. I’m thinking of possibly building in a buffet on the dining room side and adding moulding to make them look more like pillars, but that’s a big job. Any ideas?