DIY Wood Ceiling Beams

Man oh man am I excited about sharing today’s post.  For those of you who have followed the blog, you know that I really wanted a fireplace when we were searching for our first home. A close second to a fireplace were exposed wood ceiling beams. As fate would have it, our home came with neither. Thanks to my handy husband, we now have both (read about the fireplace here).

When researching faux beams online it didn’t take long to determine that they cost a pretty penny. Here is an example of what I’m talking about.

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After determining the length of beams we would need (13.5 feet), the total cost was going to be over $1,100. Ouch. Time to DIY.

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The Process

With many of our DIY projects, the first step was to make a trip to good ol’ Home Depot where we picked up all of the supplies. For this project you will need:

  • Lumber- we used 1×4’s for the beam and 2×4’s for the beam anchor points.
  • Wood stain of your choice
  • Saw to cut the lumber
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Metal piece and spray paint for brackets
  • Clamp (optional, but handy)

After returning home we began the process of staining the lumber using Minwax wood stain in special walnut.

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As mentioned above, the length of our beams needed to be 13.5 feet to span the width of the room. We decided to purchase 8 foot long 1×4’s, and create two separate pieces at 6.75 feet each.  Once we had the lumber lined up in a “U” shape (as seen below) we nailed the boards together using small finishing/trim nails.

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To create the beam support we cut 2×4’s in 12″ sections and utilized 4″ long screws to secure the support pieces to the ceiling. Three supports spanned the width of the ceiling for one beam as seen below.

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Once the supports were in place it was time to hang the beam. David worked diligently to get the beam to be as flush to the wall as possible. Once in position, we used long screws to secure the beam to the support lumber.

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After successfully hanging the first half of the beam it was time to secure the second half to the ceiling.

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While David held the beam in place, I tried my best to help secure the beam. We didn’t have any device to help with this process, so we got creative and used an old broom stick, laundry basket, and book. Thankfully, it worked and made the process much easier on me. Desperate times call for desperate measures my friends.

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Although the beams came together nicely, there was a bit of a gap in between each beam. Thankfully, we were able to find a metal strip at a local hardware store in which we made “beam straps”.  Simply cut, bend, and secure to fit the gap of the beam. 

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We decided to spray paint the straps an oil rubbed bronze to tie in with the color of the fireplace.

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Using small screws, David secured the beam strap to the beam, covering the gap where the beams met together.

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After repeating this process three more times the beams were complete.

The Result

It’s safe to say that we are loving the result. Seriously, totally worth the $100 investment for materials. If you are considering adding faux beams to your home we would certainly recommend this process. Yes, it is time consuming, and yes, it does get tedious after a while (David can attest to this), but these wood beams definitely warm up the room and give it a custom feel. 

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I now have my fireplace and beams in one room. How lucky am I?!

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Thank you so much for reading.

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