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 –

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.


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.


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.


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.   


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.



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


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




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? 


With much love, peace & happiness

~ The Ferns


  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!

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

  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

  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

  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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