How to Make Your Own Faux Wood Beams

What You'll Need
Flat Paintbrushes
Clean Rags
White Vinegar

The time has come for you to add a bit of class and expense to your home by creating faux wood beams to be used within the house. The best thing about these beams is that they come in a variety of lengths, which are easily cut to smaller pieces should the need arise. As well, they are easily cut to fit into odd shapes to fit into any place within the ceiling. The thing to remember is that these wood beams are modeled after real wood beams out of polyurethane. However, what you are looking for is to make the faux wood beam yourself. This does take a bit of work, but the end result is something that you will be proud of in the long run.

Step 1 – Cut Your Wood

Of course, before you can begin anything you have to have beams that are ready to have the faux wood finish applied to them. You are going to need to head out to the hardware store and get enough wood for you do do your project.  Depending on the situation, make sure to get a little bit more than you need, in case you make a mistake when it comes time to cut the wood. Make all of your measurements in advance. As always, measure twice and cut once, this will save a lot of hassle for you in the long run as well as money from having to buy new materials. Once you have your pieces cut, take the time to sand the wood down, trying to get as smooth a surface as possible. Depending on the look that you are going for, you can round the edges of the beams to create a smoother look.

Step 2 – Paint It Yellow

Using your paintbrush, pain the entire length of the wood in a yellow acrylic paint. Watch that you don't use too much of the paint. Too much paint with clump together and create unnatural bulges on the wood itself. Give it plenty of time to dry.

Step 3 – Make Your Glaze

In order to do this, you are going to mix vinegar with either Burnt Umber or Raw Sienna paint. When mixing these together, you are going to typically mix 1 part of vinegar to 6 parts of the paint. Once you have your glaze finished, paint a full coat over the wood using your flat brushes.

Step 4 – Make Your Design

This part is going to be done based on what you want in the final look to be. By taking a small piece of sponge, you can dab lightly at the glaze. This will create various designs and effects. As always, do what you like. You can also take your paintbrush, the same one that you used to paint the glaze on, and simply press it into the wood and spin it. This will create varying degrees of a warping effect upon the glaze.

Step 5 – Finish Up

Once you have allow the glaze to dry, you can now finish up your beams with a coat of varnish. Be sure to cover the entire beam to ensure that you have provided the wood with plenty of protection. Once the first coats drys, cover it with a second coat.