Opinions on cladding beam please
I'm considering cladding this beam that is currently drywalled in our kitchen. I'd have it done in painted wood similar to that shown in this photo (but ours looks like it will be deeper):
This divides the eating area from the working area of the kitchen and it is load-bearing so it has to stay. Here's the view on one side (Photobucket is spazzing out today so I'll post the view from the other direction in a comment. Also please ignore the crap all over everything; it's cleaning day). There is a mini wall on the table side of the kitchen so I'd run the cladding all the way to the main wall, making it look like the mini wall runs right up to the beam (and yeah, that wall has to stay too).
I don't think it matters, but if you're thinking about continuity, we're replacing the upper cabinets with new ones that extend to the ceiling.
Yay or nay?