Faux Wood Beam Installation

2 Materials
2 Hours

There has been a wood beam in our dining room/living room which has bothered me since we moved in. Our inspector had said it’s probably there to cover a seam since our house is pre-fabricated.

The color of the wood has always bothered me because it was too orange, but it was “okay” with our paint color “Perfect Greige" by Sherwin Williams.

But then last year I painted our walls a lighter "Seashell Gray" by Valspar and the orange of the wood was too much.

I decided I would try to white wash it, but the stain was just seeping through and I ended up painting the entire beam white…7 coats later.

With it painted I still didn't like it either. I felt it was too small and looked like it was trying to hide something and not really making an impact like a wood beam should.

Then I found Ornamental Moulding and Millwork. They have beautiful

(affiliate link) faux wood beams and looked like they were very easy to install. I partnered with them to replace my current beam and I am so excited with how it turned out.

Remove the Previous Beam

I removed the beam that was there and just like the inspector said it was covering a seam in the ceiling. Which I was thankful for I didn't find something else!

Ornamental Faux wood beams come in two parts. The wood that attaches to the ceiling and the beam itself.

I screwed in the wood to the joists and then cut the beams.

The beams come in 8' lengths and our opening was just over. So I received two beams cut them evenly and put the seam in the center.

Attached the beam to the wood

I then slipped the beam over the wood and screwed it into the predrilled holes. It stayed perfectly.

Add brackets

I added three brackets. One on each side and one in the middle to cover the seam.

The beam turned out better than I expected.

It looks like it has always been there as well as making an impact in the room.

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  • Pam Pam on Apr 17, 2021

    could you supply the item # of the brackets ? i would like ones like yours with the small tab that lays on the ceiling

  • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on Apr 17, 2021

    I had never seen such an easy to understand cut of the inner construction of the beam. I get it totally how it's done. I'm wondering one thing though: are the support brackets really necessary to the solidity of the beam or are they purely decorative?

  • Carolina's Art Carolina's Art on Jan 19, 2023

    Love it. Where did you find the u shape brackets?????

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  • Sissy Sissy on Apr 18, 2021

    I remember your video on your vinyl plank floors I think . I have taken up over 2000 sq. ft of laminate floors and donated them to a needy family that were installed wrong by a so called pro. floor installer ( done wrong )I then installed vinyl plank floors .I did one thing first I used kilz primer to seal the subfloors 3 coats in wet areas , insulated underlament my kitcen is 15 x31 and lining room is bigger Different vinyl floor in living room 4 bathrooms and master bedroom 2 rooms to go yet

  • Bry Bry on Apr 16, 2022

    I didn't think the beam looked bad before, but your after, WOW. It looks terrific and the color does go much better with your floor and the room. Thanks for sharing your project.