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Faux Beams – Elegant & Rustic Kitchen

I’ve always wanted an elegant, yet rustic kitchen. I know an elegant and rustic kitchen may sound a bit like an oxymoron. But, if you remember back to my first post, My Kitchen, My Gift, I’ve always wanted a kitchen that was elegant and pretty, but also rustic and warm. Thanks to Scott’s help (and talent), and a full day of work, he and I both hung faux beams on the ceiling, of the kitchen, at The House on High Street.

These beams are not real wood. They are like a foam material. But, once they are painted, they look very realistic! They’re easy to find, and they come in all sizes with different wood textures. You can even paint them yourself to match a specific color.

Faux Wood Beam
Faux Wood Beam

Painting the beams is fairly easy and quick. Hanging them is another story. Scott and I did them (for the first time, obviously,) one day, this weekend. It took us alllllll dayyyy! When you don’t know exactly what it will look like (or if you’ll even like the end result) after all the time and work, it can be a bit scary.

In fact, I almost began to second guess myself and my decision to hang these beams in the first place. At our contractor’s party, back in January, (after the beams were purchased but before they were hung) just about every hired professional pleaded with me to change my mind. “It won’t look good.” “It will be too much.” “It’s going to take away from the elegant look of the kitchen.”

Oy vey!

When a girl knows what she wants, she KNOWS WHAT SHE WANTS. I wanted an elegant and rustic kitchen. So, I’m glad I kept my focus and vision. Both Scott and I are very happy with the beams in the kitchen. It feels elegant and rustic, for sure.

Kitchen before the beams.
Kitchen before the beams.
Kitchen after with Beams
Kitchen with faux beams
Kitchen with beams
Kitchen with faux beams.

So, 5 faux beams had been sitting in our dining room and living room since December. On a few nice days, I had Scott set them up outside for me to paint them. I used a mahogany colored wood stain.

Minwax Gel Stain

Why did it take me a few weeks? I don’t know. I did a little bit at a time, I suppose. Oh yeah, and the weather has been warm then freezing then warm again then snowing. This winter was CRRRR AZY!

It was actually windy on this day, and I was so afraid the beams were going to fly away!
It was actually windy on this day, and I was so afraid the faux beams (being so light) were going to fly away!
These are the faux wood beams, in my living room,  after a coat of Mahogany Gel Paint. Don't worry, we had everything covered!
Here are the beams on my living room floor, after a coat of Mahogany Gel Paint. Don’t worry, we used a lot of blankets and plastic to cover the floors!

It took Scott and me a full day to hang the beams. The hardest part was doing the MATH, measuring…over and over again, and figuring out how to place the beams…without hitting the chandelier or one of 10 high hats!

The hardest part was doing the MATH and figuring out how to place the beams...without hitting the chandelier of one of 10 high hats!
Scott measuring the ceiling. Over and over and over, again!

Not to mention, it’s rather interesting maneuvering a 24′ beam through a living room, a hallway, a pocket door, and over lamps and between furniture, etc. We had to lay it down to measure it and cut it to size. Scott just sawed off the ends to the right measurement. 

It's rather interesting maneuvering a 24' beam through a pocket door, a hallway, and over furniture, etc. We had to lay it down to cut it to size.
Measure twice. Cut once!

I wish I had us on video. We are funny working together, especially when it is a job that is this hard! We had to figure out where to put them, then how to hang them, followed by, “Ok, how do we physically hold them up there to hang them!?”

At one point, Scott even said, “This is the last job I am EVER doing in this house!”

Aw. He’s so silly.

See this candy jar? It was a life saver during the eight hours of putting up these beams!

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This candy bar is always stocked in Rachel Maria’s Kitchen!

Once the first beam was in place, it was smooth sailing after that! More like 7 hours of smooth sailing.

First beam in place!
First beam in place!

Ok, like seven hours in the hot sun with a few sharks stressing you out…sailing. Yeah, that sounds right.

Second beam up!
Second beam up!

It was tricky getting the beams equally spaced around those lights!

Measuring for the third beam!
Measuring for the third beam!

It was fun climbing on ladders, counters, and cabinets all day. Holding the boards? Not fun.

It was fun climing on ladders, counters, and cabinets all day. Holding the boards? Not fun.
I had the hard part. Just standing and holding the board up and in place!

It was dark out by the time we got the fourth beam up in place.

It was dark out by the time we got the fourth beam up in place.

These were the last pictures I took, before the 5th beam was in place. It was 8pm and I was cooking dinner by then!

This was the last picture I took; before the 5th beam was in place. It was 8pm and I was cooking dinner by then!

It was nice seeing the beams, the next morning.

Kitchen after with Beams
Kitchen after with Beams

Faux Beams in Kitchen

Faux Beams in Kitchen

Kitchen with faux beams

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Well, there you have it. In my opinion, this is an elegant and rustic kitchen! It wasn’t easy to achieve, but I’m glad we added the faux beams! It definitely adds a warm touch, and that’s what I’ve always wanted!

So, are you happy with your kitchen? If not, reflect on your personality and preferences. If it’s homey and warm, add some beams. If it’s eccentric and fun, add a jukebox or vintage lit-up signs! If it’s super kid friendly, add a lot of color…and CANDY! The most important thing is making your kitchen YOURS.

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