We have a support beam that drops right down into our kitchen island (left pic). We weren’t sure how we were going to cover it. One friend suggested the funky siding-style at the Gramercy Park Hotel, another something in stainless steel to make it look really industrial.
In the end, we decided to buy some really nice wood (I think it’s oak, but don’t quote me on that), and husband enclosed it (right pic). We were going to stain it, but now we think we might just oil it to really bring out the character (and protect it from whatever cooking adventures happen on that island). It looks pretty cool in person. If you want to see the detail better on this or any other photo on our blog, click on the photo and it opens up a lot bigger.