Hi there friends! I am back to share my new DIY modern rustic wood beams that we just added to the kitchen! As I was saying in yesterday’s post we are tackling smaller projects in our kitchen to make the space feel more like us and our style. We will hold off on any larger projects until we are ready for the commitment of a renovation, which is not now. Often all a space needs are touches that say you to make it feel fresh again.
I have partnered with Minwax to show you how to give new wood an aged, rustic barnwood feel. We decided to fabricate the beams using birch wood from our local lumbar yard since we had an existing beam in the kitchen to cover. It was sheet rocked and not very pretty, I thought a rustic touch would give the space more character.
This is part of Minwax’s Made With Love campaign. You can watch the touching video on how a father connects with his son by making a chess table, I actually cried. I thought this project was fitting since our kitchen is the heart of our home and a place we share so much quality time as a family.
We absolutely love them!!! I will admit, I was nervous at first, they are massive. But once they went up they visually widened the space. It feels so warm and inviting now with an old world sensibility.
In the next post I will be sharing all about my new lights, runners, chairs and barstools. Its part of my 8 Ways to Update Your Kitchen, without a full on renovation!
You can find details to my new den/old dining room HERE.
Also on that list, are new facets!!!
This is the before….
And another after….
A big change right? If you decide to tackle this yourself, be sure to have 2 or more people for install.
Two boxes were made to fit the specifications of the existing support in the kitchen. The first covered the beam itself and the second went up with a ceiling support and then was nailed to that.
We used 1 coat of Minwax Dark Walnut Wood Finish.
I then used a damp rag and applied a light coat of White Wash Pickling Wood Stain. I wiped it on and took another damp rag to wipe off if need be. You can gauge the amount once you get started. Begin in a unsuspecting place or on a scrap piece. This goes really fast.
I then took my hand sander and lightly sanded the surface so that it had more of a blended look. I left them unsealed in case I wanted to add more White Wash Stain or sand them more in the future.
What do you think? I am excited to finally share more of my kitchen with you in the next few weeks.
Have a happy day!