Add to Rustic Decor with Faux Ceiling Beams Add to Rustic Decor with Faux Ceiling Beams

Adding a rustic décor with Faux ceiling beams will bring warmth, attractiveness and that special coziness to any room of the home. Inexpensive, easily built and quickly installed ceiling beams come in a variety of specialty woods, patterns and colors. They can also be custom finished to match any décor.

Materials Required

The cost of construction of ceiling beams is very minimal, and the effort of building and installing them can easily be accomplished by most homeowners in a single weekend (two if painting and varnishing are included). This is all that is needed for a successful job:

  • 2x6” lumber planks (amount needed will vary according to individual ceiling requirements)
  • Tall ladder (depending on ceiling height)
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Tape Measure
  • 2” #8 wooden screws (1 box)
  • Woodworker’s glue
  • Stud finder
  • Table saw with tilting arbor for 45 degree cuts
  • 1-1/2” finishing nails (1 box)
  • Various grits of sandpaper, ranging from 80 to 220 grades
  • Paint, stain or varnish

Step 1 - Locate the Studs

Using the ladder and stud finder, locate the position of studs in the ceiling. Using a length of lumber, often referred to as a nailer, run it the length of the proposed ceiling beam and affix it to the studs using several of the 2” #8 wooden screws. Space these to desired width, keeping in mind that the ceiling beam lumber will be attached to them.

Step 2 - Construct a Box

Using smoothly or accented 2x6” lumber planking; construct a three-sided wooden box. Attach the sides together with wooden glue and finishing nails. This can be done before hanging and attaching the box to the nailer board, or cut and hung side by side, forming the three-sided box as it is being hung. Mitered or butt joints can be used in the construction of the ceiling beam, three-sided box.

Step 3 - Finishing

Again, depending on whether it is done on the bench or after the ceiling beam is hung, it will require finishing. Greater accuracy of applying stain, varnish or painting will be accomplished on the bench and sanding will produce less of a mess. Begin with 80 grit sandpaper and work up to 220 grit, wiping boards with a cloth soaked in mineral spirits in between each sanding.

Step 4 - Painting

If the ceiling beam is to be painted, apply two to three coats of paint and call it a day. To apply stain or varnish, first apply a choice of wood stain. Let the stain dry for 24 hours, or according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Next, apply a liberal coat of 50-50 varnish and mineral spirits. Let this dry for 24 hours and then very lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper. Apply a second coat of 25-75 percent varnish and mineral spirit mixture. Let dry and apply a final coat of 100% varnish. For a shiny finish, leave as is, but for a low-gloss finish sand very lightly with 220 grit sandpaper and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. Alternatively, use a low-gloss varnish if so desired.

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