Aging a beam - Lynn Fern

Aging a beam

Oh the aging process.  Sometimes it is great thing, but sometimes not so much.  I love things that are old, distressed & aged.  Our home would be filled with all sorts of things that are either aged on their own (no mention of that), and things that I will add an aged look to.  

We put a beam through the kitchen/dining room on through to the living room.  We did this for support since the whole area is an open concept.

The beam as it was –

I knew with our home decor I would want the beam to have an aged look to it.  It is definitely something that is easy to do, and something that I love doing.


I wish I would've been able to start on this prior to it being put up, but it just wasn't possible.  From the time the beam was delivered & installed really gave me no time.  No biggie, I just grabbed the tall ladder and went to work.


My process actually started days before hand since I knew the beam was being delivered & installed.  I had used vinegar and a steel wool pad along with old coffee grounds.  This created a beautiful dark brown color.  I let the vinegar & steel wool sit for about 24 hours & then I added old coffee grounds & let it sit for an additional 24 hours.


I spent the better part of the day adding age to it.  I first strained my mix into a spray bottle and spritzed it on.  I then used a rag to wipe it thoroughly.   


I started on one end and worked my way down, and by the time I got to the end, the beginning was dry.  I went back and started over again.  I did this since I wanted it a little darker.



I ended up wiping the mixture on for a total of 3 coats.  


It now looks old & weathered, but not a stain look. 




It was a perfect color, and fit right into our home.  

The process took all day long.  But I love it, unfortunately my back & neck didn't love me when I was finished!  I did finish up on painting the kitchen, dining room, & living room.  All around the trim & such…  

I even had some of my friends stop by and say a little hello while I took a little lunch break....they stayed for a few minutes & enjoyed a bite to eat!! 

Tomorrow the hardwood floors will start being installed. 

Are you interested in how I transformed the beam from looking like new wood to old wood? 


With much love, peace & happiness

~ The Ferns

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