Half walls are a great way to divide rooms while still keeping the feeling of having an open floor plan. Unfortunately, half walls can be unsightly, impractical, or seem to simply take up space. Not anymore! These seven DIY projects can help you turn your half wall into a beautiful and useful part of your home’s interior design.

1. DIY Half Wall Bookcase

Turn your half wall into a built-in bookcase!
Turn your half wall into a built-in bookcase! Source: Thrifty Decor Chick - Part 1 and Part 2

Whether you love reading and have run out of space for your books or you want to display souvenirs and collectibles you’ve acquired throughout your travels, turning your half wall into a bookcase is the perfect DIY project for you! Thrifty Decor Chick takes you step-by-step to achieving a beautiful built-in bookcase in her half wall.

2. Quick and Easy Molding

Sometimes all your half wall needs is a quick update with a little bit of molding.
Sometimes all your half wall needs is a quick update with a little bit of molding. Source: Crab + Fish

If your half wall is looking a little flat and uninteresting, why not give it a quick update with some molding? The process is fairly simple, but the end result is classy and distinguished. It’s the perfect way to add that special something to your half walls! Find out how it was done at Crab + Fish.

3. Half Wall Face Lift

Or you can use molding to give your half wall a complete makeover!
Or you can use molding to give your half wall a complete makeover! Source: Pinterest

If the previous entry isn’t extravagant enough for you, here’s a half wall that’s been given a complete face-lift with molding! Doesn’t it look incredible?

4. DIY Half Wall Post

Adding a newel post to your half wall will give it a new, unique look.
Adding a newel post to your half wall will give it a new, unique look. Source: The Joy of Moldings

Half walls are pretty common on staircases, but they’re usually lacking in the looks department. There’s an easy way to make your staircase half wall look new and beautiful: newel posts! Find out how to add your own newel post to your half wall over at The Joy of Moldings.

5. Outdoor Half Wall Stone Veneer Update

You can easily update your exterior half wall with artificial stone panels.
You can easily update your exterior half wall with artificial stone panels. Source: Faux Panels

Half walls aren’t only for the interior of a home. Exterior half walls need love too! If you have an exterior half wall that’s showing its age, give it a makeover with artificial stone panels. Artificial stone cuts down on costs as well as manpower and heavy lifting, so it’s the perfect DIY project for just about anyone. Find out how to do it here.

6. DIY Entryway Half Wall

Don't have a half wall? You can build your own!
Don't have a half wall? You can build your own! Source: House Kaboodle

All of the previous entries on this list were about how to update existing half walls, but what if you want to add one? House Kaboodle shows us how she built a DIY transom window entryway that looks absolutely stunning!

7. From Railing to Half Wall

Turn your boring railing into a stunning half wall with a built-in bookcase!
Turn your boring railing into a stunning half wall with a built-in bookcase! Source: Just Call Me Homegirl

Just Call Me Homegirl turned her boring and slightly unsafe iron railing into a beautiful half wall with a built-in bookcase. The end result is unique and simply fabulous.

When it comes to half walls, there’s a lot you can do to make them look great as well as be functional and practical.

Do you have a half wall you’ve been thinking about updating? Which of these ideas are you going to try? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to check out our Articles Page and Facebook page for more great tips and ideas!

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