Give your house some character
I don’t know if you guys have seen these faux wood beams, but they totally look like the real thing but, with a way smaller price tag. We installed this DIY faux wood beam in half a day with just the two of us.
My husband ordered this one from home depot and it was delivered directly to our house. I’ve even seen them on Amazon.
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The great thing about these faux beams is they are lightweight, making installation a breeze. My husband and I installed this one in about half a day with just the two of us.
- Faux wood beam- this is the one we used.
- scrape 2 x 6 wood
- 4-6 inch screws or (lag bolts in our case)
- 2.5 inch wood screws
- Stainable wood putty
- Stain to match the finish of the faux wood beam
Decide where to place it
This is what the center of our house looked like pre-beam. It appears we already had a small beam here. But, little did we know this was also a “faux beam”, It was just styrofoam. Who knew?
The first step was to cut scrap pieces of 2×6’s into 6 inch lengths. We cut 8 pieces for this area that was 20′ long. The 2×6 pieces were spaced about every 2.5 feet along the beam. Then we used long screws to attach the 2x6s to the original beam at the center of our house.
Because our home had the faux styrofoam beam we needed the long screws in order to get all the way to the actual wood support. We ended up using 6″ lag bolts. The main thing is just making sure you are securing these to a joist or stud, depending on where you are installing the faux beam. This way the pieces will be securely anchored.
Next, hang up the beam by holding in place over the securely attached 2×6 pieces. Then use wood screws to secure the 2×6 wood pieces. The screws go through the side of the faux beam into the scrap 2×6’s. We used 2.5″ wood screws for this.
A great tip (that we realized halfway through the project) is to place small chalk or pencil marks on the ceiling to indicate the placement of the 2×6’s. That way you will know where the screws go when it comes time to hang the faux wood beam.
The last step is to putty the screw heads and if needed you may stain to match the beam.
In the end, it took two 13′ beams to fit the full length of the room. The second beam had to be cut. It was easily cut using a serrated knife and then gently sanding the rough edges. Any raw edges that may show can be easily stained to match. Using the two pieces left a seam in the middle. There is a tape-like product that looks like a metal strapping to cover the seams. I chose not to do this as the seam is not very noticeable.
The finished product
We love how this turned out. Someday I would like to add two more beams upright on the walls on either side of this beam. All in all – the installation of a faux wood beam was really simple and quick. It really brought a warmth and a character to this space that wasn’t there before.
Whelp see ya!