Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FAUX PAINTING CEILING BEAMS TO LOOK LIKE DARK OLD WOOD

FAUX PAINTING CEILING BEAMS TO LOOK LIKE

 DARK OLD WOOD

The beams in this great room were just boards and stained a medium brown.  Also, they had a shiny clear coat of sealer on them.  My client wanted them to look old and asked me to paint them to look like dark old beams.
I primed, then painted the base coat.
Then, I streaked a lighter brown and gray with my brush and a rag.
Last, I painted knot holes to make the beams look a little more authentic.
Because I wanted them to look old and dry, I didn't paint a sealer on them.  A clear coat sealer would have made them shine.  Even a low sheen sealer would have made them shine a little bit and that, to me, does not look old.
It was a lot of work to paint these beams.  Especially, since I was painting for so many hours above  my head.  
The new darker beams were a dramatic change for this beautiful room.
This room was dark and the beams really did look like they might have been old wood.
My clients were very happy with their new old beams.
Oh, and I textured, painted and glazed these walls to look like old broken plaster.
And, I painted the ceiling the base coat color that I used on the walls under the glaze.

24 comments:

  1. Bonjour,

    C'est effectivement un travail incroyable que de peindre des poutres la tête à l'envers !... Le résultat est fabuleux !
    Prochainement je vais faire reprendre trois grosses poutres qui sont teintées foncées pour les obtenir en couleur très claire proche d'une céruse grise.

    Gros bisous ♡

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    1. Thank you so much!! Have fun painting your beams. It's fun when guests don't even notice that they have been painted.

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  2. Oh my goodness...this is gorgeous

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    1. Thank you, HOlly! You could do this, too. Glad you're adjusting to Texas :)

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  3. They look beautiful! I so wish we could add old beams in our kitchen but we have low ceilings and I didn't think it would look right. Great job Lynda. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy! My kitchen ceiling is 8' high. If I wanted the appearance of beams in there, I would get 1"x9" or 1"x12" pine boards. I would faux paint them any color I wanted the beams to be. For me, I would want them to be light colored wood. Then, I would attach them to my ceiling and caulk around where the wood meets the ceiling so they would look like they might be embedded in the ceiling. Before I put them up, I might sand and slightly round the sharp edges. I would be very happy with that. What do you think? If your ceiling is a bit higher than mine, you can get 2" boards. I bet that would look really good.

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  4. great job love this style of décor
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    1. Thank you! I do, too. The decorator loved the "old world" look.

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  5. What a great job you did on painting the ceiling beams. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  6. What a great idea!
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I'm featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  7. You really did great at giving them some age Lynda! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks, Jann! They were very different, before. Just solid stained and shiny.

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  8. Love the beams....what a wonderful job! I have always thought that beams in my living room would really amp it up and now after seeing these...it's confirmed...Thanks for sharing this :-)

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  9. You did amazing!! It does look like a tone of work but you are amazing!
    Thanks for linking!

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  10. Wow! Those turned out really cool, Lynda! I love that they're not actually wood, but totally look like it. Thanks for sharing at Think and Make Thursday!

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    1. Thank you!! Her new beams looked really nice with her new colors.

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  11. What a beautiful paint technique you did - these beams are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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