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How should i finish this area?


I'm currently prepping a room for painting and I'm just wondering how to finish this area off. It's a beam and posts made out of lumber laminated together. I thought I could just tape and mud it but since the lumber isn't flush I would probably use many buckets of mud to get it flat. Do I have to add a sheet of drywall to it? I'd like to keep this entryway as wide as possible but I'll tack on some drywall if needed.
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I'm currently prepping a room for painting and I'm just wondering how to finish this area off. It's a beam and posts made out of lumber laminated together. I thought I could just tape and mud it but since the lumber isn't flush I would probably use many buckets of mud to get it flat. Do I have to add a sheet of drywall to it? I'd like to keep this entryway as wide as possible but I'll tack on some drywall if needed.
You have a picture of the area concerned (somewhat small), could you post a couple of photos that put this into a perspective?

Also what are you trying to achieve?

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Wood doesn't tape and mud well and isn't always a long term fix. I'd either sand, prime, caulk and paint or laminate it with 1/4" drywall.
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And some casing around the perimeter would make it look a hundred percent better.

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Here are a few more pictures of the area. As you can see I haven't finished removing the paneling in the other room but I'm getting to that eventually. My idea is to paint the wall separating the rooms a bold color of some sort and paint the laminated posts white and make them look like one solid piece of 6x8 running up into the ceiling. Then paint the other three walls of the dining room a light grey. I really like that video of 3 awesome baseboard ideas I think I will finish it off using that as inspiration. Also I was just playing around with some mud to get a feel for the process so I don't mind if it was a waste of time and have to remove it.

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Here are a few more pictures of the area. As you can see I haven't finished removing the paneling in the other room but I'm getting to that eventually. My idea is to paint the wall separating the rooms a bold color of some sort and paint the laminated posts white and make them look like one solid piece of 6x8 running up into the ceiling. Then paint the other three walls of the dining room a light grey. I really like that video of 3 awesome baseboard ideas I think I will finish it off using that as inspiration. Also I was just playing around with some mud to get a feel for the process so I don't mind if it was a waste of time and have to remove it.

https://imgur.com/a/nGLMY3b
I would dress the top so it looked like a beam with 1x? pine
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If you are looking to cover the gaps between the 2x framing but keep the look of "columns," I can think of 3 ways (none involving joint compound on the wood):
- leave the paneling and corner caps (put back what you removed in the dining) and paint them. Or buy new 1/4 sanded ply or 1/8" panels essentially doing the same as before.
- encase with 1x and add detail to match whatever you do with baseboards
- drywall to match the rest of the room (lots of cornerbead and mudding)
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I would dress the top so it looked like a beam with 1x? pine

That sounds like a great idea. Is pine expensive? I'm going to be painting it so I dont need any fancy wood grain or anything.

Also are there any issues with tacking 1x ontop of drywall like that? I figure it will be fine as long as I screw past the drywall into the framing behind it.

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If you are looking to cover the gaps between the 2x framing but keep the look of "columns," I can think of 3 ways (none involving joint compound on the wood):
- leave the paneling and corner caps (put back what you removed in the dining) and paint them. Or buy new 1/4 sanded ply or 1/8" panels essentially doing the same as before.
- encase with 1x and add detail to match whatever you do with baseboards
- drywall to match the rest of the room (lots of cornerbead and mudding)

After some thought I think I will encase with 1x as I don't want to mess around with drywall corners. Then I can use the same material to make a faux beam between the posts.
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After some thought I think I will encase with 1x as I don't want to mess around with drywall corners. Then I can use the same material to make a faux beam between the posts.
Having them cased will justify that you are painting them the trimwork white as well.
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That sounds like a great idea. Is pine expensive? I'm going to be painting it so I dont need any fancy wood grain or anything.

Also are there any issues with tacking 1x ontop of drywall like that? I figure it will be fine as long as I screw past the drywall into the framing behind it.
I said pine because this is what your wood looks like, it is one of the cheaper wood here. Our lumber yards will have 1x10 and 1x12 inside where it is dryer than other construction soft wood.

What ever paint grade wood that is dry would work fine.

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