Aging a Wood Beam


When we rebuilt our home we knew we wanted an open concept on the 1st floor. With the size of the rooms we'd need to have a beam running through the area.
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We ended up putting a glulam beam since the cost was significantly less. Plus I knew I could make it look nice.
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This was prior to laying the floor. I knew I wanted to do the process before the hardwood went in so I didn't have to worry about the mess.
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I aged the beam by using vinegar, steel wool and coffee grounds. I let that mixture sit in a seal jar for about 48 hours. Once it was dark, I strained the coffee grounds out so it'd be easier to use.
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I used a rag & wiped the entire beam down with the mixture.
staining aging wood beam, diy, living room ideas, painting, woodworking projects
The lighter side here is after it sat for about an hour (while I painted some other rooms). I knew I wanted it darker so I used a glaze from Martha Stewart called coffee. I wiped it on and followed with my rag wet with the original mixture. This helped move the glaze around.
staining aging wood beam, diy, living room ideas, painting, woodworking projects
staining aging wood beam, diy, living room ideas, painting, woodworking projects
Once we moved in, I allowed for it to sit for months to make sure I didn't need to do any touch ups.
staining aging wood beam, diy, living room ideas, painting, woodworking projects
I then painted to middle beam to match with the aged beam. When you look at it, you'd never be able to tell it is glulam beam much less a beam that was brand new.

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