Aging a beam - Lynn Fern

Aging a beam



Oh the aging process.  Sometimes it is great thing, but sometimes not so much.  I love things that are old, distressed & aged.  Our home would be filled with all sorts of things that are either aged on their own (no mention of that), and things that I will add an aged look to.  

We put a beam through the kitchen/dining room on through to the living room.  We did this for support since the whole area is an open concept.

The beam as it was –
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I knew with our home decor I would want the beam to have an aged look to it.  It is definitely something that is easy to do, and something that I love doing.

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I wish I would've been able to start on this prior to it being put up, but it just wasn't possible.  From the time the beam was delivered & installed really gave me no time.  No biggie, I just grabbed the tall ladder and went to work.

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My process actually started days before hand since I knew the beam was being delivered & installed.  I had used vinegar and a steel wool pad along with old coffee grounds.  This created a beautiful dark brown color.  I let the vinegar & steel wool sit for about 24 hours & then I added old coffee grounds & let it sit for an additional 24 hours.

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I spent the better part of the day adding age to it.  I first strained my mix into a spray bottle and spritzed it on.  I then used a rag to wipe it thoroughly.   

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I started on one end and worked my way down, and by the time I got to the end, the beginning was dry.  I went back and started over again.  I did this since I wanted it a little darker.

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I ended up wiping the mixture on for a total of 3 coats.  

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It now looks old & weathered, but not a stain look. 

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It was a perfect color, and fit right into our home.  




The process took all day long.  But I love it, unfortunately my back & neck didn't love me when I was finished!  I did finish up on painting the kitchen, dining room, & living room.  All around the trim & such…  

I even had some of my friends stop by and say a little hello while I took a little lunch break....they stayed for a few minutes & enjoyed a bite to eat!! 




Tomorrow the hardwood floors will start being installed. 

Are you interested in how I transformed the beam from looking like new wood to old wood? 

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With much love, peace & happiness

~ The Ferns

7 comments

  1. It's beautiful. So rich and full of character now. All the good stuff shows up :)

    I like you new neighbors. They sure are cute!

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    1. Thank you Shannon! I love my little neighbors..and I can't wait to get see them on a daily basis.

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  2. What a great old beam Lynn - you did a wonderful job of aging it. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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  3. Hello cute lady! This looks so amazing.Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to stop by and party with us. It wouldn't be a party without you! I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

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  4. What a great idea. Thank you for explaining the process. The beam is beautiful! Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We look forward to having you every Thursday night at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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