How to Make Faux Wood Beams

Faux beams on the outside of a house.

Faux wood beams are an ideal addition to any interior decorating theme and will add a much-needed dose of prestige and class to your home. Traditional wooden beams are heavy, cumbersome, and could prove difficult to install. Faux wood beams made of polyurethane are lighter and easier to manipulate. They also come in a variety of sizes and shapes that can be easily cut according to the size and dimensions of your room or ceiling. Follow these steps to add faux wood beams wherever you would like in your home.

Obtain the Faux Wood Beams

You can purchase faux wood beams at the nearest hardware or home improvement store. They are typically modeled against real wooden beams.

Cut the Wood Beams According to Size

To minimize mistakes and material waste, it is best, to begin with, an accurate measurement. Use a tape measure to determine the correct size of the wood beam for the intended application. Cut the wood beam to size.

Smooth the Beam

To help the paint bond as well as to create a well-rounded and polished look, you should smooth the surface. Accomplish this step easily with sandpaper from your local hardware store.

Paint the Wood Beams

Yellow acrylic paint serves as the perfect canvass to create a faux wood finish. Use a paintbrush to apply a fine, light coat of paint to the beams. Too much paint will clump, creating an aberrant, unattractive look. Allow at least one to two hours for the paint to dry thoroughly.

Step Five - Prepare and Apply the Glaze

Mix one part of white vinegar to six parts of burnt amber or raw sienna paint to make the glaze. The mixture will mimic the natural look of stained wood. Use a flat paintbrush and apply a generous coat of the glaze to the wood beams. Allow the glaze to dry thoroughly. If the glaze is not done drying before moving on, you will not achieve the best possible result.

Create Your Own Design

Use a small sponge to create an authentic wooden effect on the beams. Dab the sponge on the glaze and press lightly on the surface. This technique will create an even design that will look just like real wood.
Be creative. You may also use a paintbrush to create unique designs on the surface of the beam. Dip the paintbrush into the glaze mixture, press lightly on the surface, and twist the paintbrush to create small, oval patterns on the surface.

Varnish the Faux Wood Beams

Apply varnish to the entire wood beam after the glaze has completely dried. Make sure to apply a generous amount of varnish to protect the surface of the beam. It is best to apply two coats for a more polished look. Let the first coat dry before applying a light second coat.

You can create different looks and designs when making faux wood beams. Choose a wood beam design that fits the overall theme of your home interior.