How to Create a Faux Beam: Part 3 of 3

The beam is done! The beam is done! The beam is done!!!!!!

It’s taken us a couple weeks, but we finally finished this challenging, but incredibly rewarding project. The beam looks awesome, if I do say so myself! It brings our house to life and adds that charm and character that our house was severely missing.

Remember the before picture of our house with that awkward ceiling lip thing? Here’s a reminder:

Well, awkward lip no more! Check out this before and after picture!

As a reminder, I have broken this project up into three steps to make it easier to follow along. Find my posts for Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Part 1: Materials/Wood
Part 2: Banging/Nailing Together/Staining
Part 3: Installing/Finishing Touches

Here are the materials you’ll need for the entire project. I’ve highlighted the ones you’ll need for this third step in blue:

  • Mitre Saw
  • Finishing Nail Gun (I own and really like the Ryobi Finishing Nailer)
  • Finishing Nails (2″ for installation and 1.5″ for nailing boards together)
  • Wood (measurements will need to be custom made to fit your particular space)
  • Stain (I used Minwax Dark Walnut)
  • Polyurethane (I used Minwax Clear Satin Finish)
  • Foam brushes (You’ll want a handful of these so you can just throw them out after each use)
  • Staining pads
  • Wood Glue (I used Titebond)
  • Sandpaper
  • Trigger Clamps (I used this Dewalt Trigger Clamp 4 Pack)
  • Latex gloves
  • Metal strips
    • I bought three of these but you may need more or less depending on the size of your project. Also, given the chance to do this project all over again, I would’ve chosen thinner strips of metal. These were difficult to bend to the exact shape we needed.
  • Bolt Screws
  • Metal cutters
  • Spray paint for your metal brackets (I used Rustoleum Antique Pewter (Hammered))
    • *Update: I originally posted that I used the color Oil Rubbed Bronze. Since we made our beams so dark, we decided that the Oil Rubbed Bronze blended in too much. We tried it on one bracket and didn’t like it. We ended up choosing the color Antique Pewter (with the hammered effect) instead. It matches a lot of the brushed nickel in our house and really pops on the beams.

We started off by nailing in all of the pieces that did not consist of that “C” shape we talked about in previous posts.

Perhaps the best part of the installation process was watching my husband climb on top of the refrigerator to nail the beam into the wall behind our kitchen cabinets.

Next, we installed the “C” shape pieces. Remember these?

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This took both of us since some of the pieces were very large and had to be shoved up into place.

If you measured accurately, it will not be easy to shimmy the beams up into the ceiling. Decorations will probably fall off your walls as you heave those beautiful beams up there so be sure to take everything off the walls. Clearly, we learned that one the hard way. Also, you will probably ruin your pretty paint job on your walls so make sure you have some spackle and touch-up paint handy!

We made sure to put the seams where the beams meet a half inch out from the wall so we could easily cover them with our 1″ brackets without the seam showing.

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Here are a few photos of the beam before we added the brackets:

We bought strips of metal and used metal cutters to cut them into the exact length we needed for our brackets.

We then used a wooden block and some trigger clamps to hold the metal in place. Next, we whacked the metal with a hammer to create the bent shape that we wanted.

We placed the metal on top of a wooden block to drill our holes for our bolt screws. In our case, we did two holes on each side.

Additionally, we wanted the metal to look a bit worn so we bought Rustoleum Antique Pewter (Hammered) spray paint. The hammered effect makes it look more rustic.

We wanted industrial looking screws so we bought these fancy bolt screws from Home Depot:

Here’s what they look like on the beam!

And just like that, we have ourselves a rustic faux beam that cuts across our entire house and covers our awkward lip thing! Here are some additional photos of the finished product! Let me know what you think!

Jamie

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