May 11, 2017

Barnwood-Looking Cedar Beams

Don't you think it's funny how your eyes are attracted to what you want? Whether it's something menial like a possession or item, or something deeper like a spouse or child. I seem to find myself paying attention to different things nowadays. I wonder if this means a mark in time or a fork in the road? I will let you know if, what I have my eye on, I achieve! 

This week's project is a simple makeover with a whole lot of room appeal. When you need to stain a wood that begins really red or orange, it's very difficult to cover that original wood tone. Here's how to do it right! Ready?



You can use this same staining technique on FAUX BOX BEAMS -like this post- or on solid wood beams, like I'm going to show you today. You can stain any wood, but we're working here with cedar. That's a super common wood for this type of project. 

1.] You will want to stain the red cedar with Weatherwood Reclamation stain. We strain the stain and then put the stain through our gravity sprayer and applied it to the wood in even coats. We apply a heavy coat of stain and let the wood air dry for 30-40 minutes.

Depending on the red cedar you have, the color result will be anything from brown to dark gray to gray and brown mixture. That's because the tannin in cedar varies so much. 
For a DARK GRAY result, use Pining Stain. For a LIGHT GRAY result, use Light Oaking. For a BROWN color, use Salvage Stain. 

BEFORE: As you apply the stains, you can see the wood turn from bright orangey red color. 

AFTER: And in about 30 minutes, the wood changes to a beautiful barnwood brown. You can This type of stain completely alters the undertone of wood. 

Ceiling beams don't need to be topcoated, since no one will be handling them. So you're done! Wasn't that easy?

This wood was a rough sawn cedar. When the wood is rough or wire brushed, it looks even prettier and more rustic. This is a great way to take a lesser priced brand new wood, and create the look of reclaimed wood!

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