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DIY Faux Wood Beams Webster

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Bedroom with exposed wood beams on the ceilings Photo: https://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?photoId=102721

If your house needs just a little makeover, and you like the look of exposed wood beams, look no further!! This will give your bedroom, living room, or any room that primitive farmhouse look ??

What you will need to make your DIY faux wood beams:

  • 1x6 inch wood whiteboard planks (cut to length you will need)
  • 2x4 pieces of wood for blocking
  • Brad nailer
  • Nails
  • Table saw
  • Milter saw
  • Air compressor
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bits
  • 2in long screws
  • 3 – 3 inch lag bolts for each side of the beam
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Ladder
  • Stud finder

Measure the room and decide how many beams you want to install.

Each beam needs 3 pieces of wood to complete one beam.

To prepare the wood, miter 1 piece from each beam of 1x6 on both sides at a 45 degree angle. 1 piece needs to be mitered on the left side at a 45 degree angle, and the other piece on the right. By doing this, it will give the illusion of no seams. Making the beams look real.

Before assembling your beams, stain or paint them first, so you don’t have to while they are already on the ceiling.

While the stain or paint is drying, install the blocking on the walls, where the beams will be secured. Locate the roof trusses or studs. If you can’t you will have to find a different way to secure the beams.

Once you are satisfied with where you want the beams, raise the block one inch to compensate for the thickness of the beam.

To assemble your beams:

Place glue on the right or left mitered piece, attach it to the bottom piece and then nail into place.

Repeat with the other right or left mitered piece.

Push the beams up around your blocks, use a hammer to be sure they are secured. To keep it held up while you are attaching the other side, use a few brad nails. Once you have the other side on, use screws to secure.

To make them look even more authentic, caulk around where the beams meet the walls.

For step by step photos click here

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