How to Make Faux Wood Beams

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What You'll Need
Polyurethane wood beams
Yellow acrylic paint
Burnt amber or raw sienna paint
White vinegar
Flat paint brushes
Turpentine varnish
Sand paper
Clean cotton rags
Measuring tape
Small sponge

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.

Step One - 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.

Step Two - 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 wood beam for the intended application. Cut the wood beam to size.

Step Three - 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.

Step Four - Paint the Wood Beams
Yellow acrylic paint serves as the perfect canvass to create a faux wood finish. Use a paint brush 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 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.

Step Six - 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 paint brush to create unique designs on the surface of the beam. Dip the paint brush into the glaze mixture, press lightly on the surface and twist the paint brush to create small, oval patterns on the surface.

Step Seven - 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.