Beaming is what my face should have been doing after installing the faux beams in the Etsy office. But instead, it was doing the anti-beaming frown because it turned out more like this:
I like the beams, they’re great, and they do a fantabulous job of covering up those icky seams between the beadboard panels we installed over the weekend. I just don’t like the stain. But we’ll get to that in a little bit. Let’s accentuate the positive, shall we? And isn’t that a Disney song? Marry Poppins perhaps? No…I got it…Pinocchio. I believe one Mr. Jiminy Cricket sang it. Who’s down with oh Disney?! Yeah, you know me!
Anyway, let’s get down to the nitty gritty and get into the how-we-did-its and then we can talk more about the staining debacle. Seriously…I’m having a palm-face moment! To beam the office, we started off with 5-1/2″ boards we picked up at a local lumber yard. After measuring a little here and there, we took the faux beams down to the basement to make a few miter cuts since we’re dealing with an angled ceiling situation.
And before we went any further, we gave the beams a little test run to see how they fit and looked. Too wide. The 5-1/2″ wide boards seemed like a good idea at that time, but once we brought them into the teeny-tiny room, they dominated the ceiling. The scale just wasn’t right.
So back down to the basement we went to cut off about an inch of the board, bringing the total width down to 4-1/2″. We also had some gaps where the beadboard met the wall and instead of going the full beam route to hide the gaps, we decided to split the 5-1/2″ board in half to make it look like each end beam was half in the wall and half out.
The final workshop step was giving each board a nice little buff job. We didn’t want the faux beams to look too new and nothing says new like perfectly square corners on our faux beams. So I spent a little time with the orbital sander roughing up the edges of our beams.
Seriously Dewalt, send me some advertising dollars! Can I get an Amen?! You just don’t get better work-in-progress, branded, action shots from just anyone?! And I wasn’t even trying! #imanatural
With the beams cut up and roughed up, we took them back up to the Etsy office space for installation time.
Which pretty much went the same way as installing the bead board. Just caulk them up:
And nail them in, trying your best to always nail into a stud. We have a decent amount of strapping going on in this ceiling area so it was pretty easy to find some good wood to nail into (now that’s a “that’s what he/she said” moment if there ever was one).
After installing the four beams (two 4-1/2″ beams in the middle and two (2-3/4″ beams on either side), the Etsy office space was lookin’ a little somthin’ like this:
Now this is the part where I should have taken a few moments to evaluate the finishing situation. But I didn’t. I just jumped right in and started staining the beams without really thinking.
There’s already so much wood going on in this room (the flooring, window trim, door, door trim, ginormous desk) and adding another area of dark stained trim really did seam like a good idea…at the time. But staining those beams helped close the ceiling down further on the desk, visually speaking not actually. I swear, being in the room after staining the beams a dark walnut color made me feel like the ceiling was another two feet lower. Doh! So now I’m thinking that white would probably have been a better option. In white, the beams would add architectural interest to the space without overpowering the ceiling.
So now I’m playing the waiting game for the stain to fully dry and then we’ll see about priming and painting. This should be fun, priming over a super, uber dark stain. And a fresh stain too. But our next step in the room, now that we’re going the “paint it white” route, is installing the trim pieces at the top and bottom of the beadboard and then painting everything glossy white. Here’s hoping I can knock that AND my inspired design challenge project out this weekend.
Pssst…Shameless plug coming! Learn more about the Inspired Design Challenge in this post from earlier this week. And for those of you playing along, have you picked your project inspiration yet?
Today, we said goodbye to a dear, dear friend. Someone who has loved us, and cradled us, and given us great peace in life. It’s been a solid 8 years of love, use and sometimes abuse, and we will sadly miss you. Rest in peace hammock.
I loved that hammock like I love my unborn children. It was such a friend to us all in the summer months. Last summer, we attempted to fix the poor hammock after a couple of ropes snapped but alas, it wasn’t enough. The hammock was just too far gone to resuscitate and it was time to say goodbye.
Because I can’t seem to go a day without hammocking in the hot sun, I tried to find a replacement (I know…the body wasn’t even cold yet). The original hammock came from LL Bean and I loved it so much I had every intention of purchasing the same exact one again. But sadly, there was an 8 week backorder. Wop, wop, wop. But my dear brother came to the rescue and sent down his hammock with my mom when she came to visit. He wasn’t using it and let me “borrow” it for the rest of the summer. I may need to “borrow” it for a more long term situation.
It’s not a permanent fix by any means but at least I now have a hammock home to appease me through the remainder of the summer. Although, maybe I shouldn’t have replaced it since without it I got more wedding projects done.
Pssst…So what was everyone up to this weekend? Did anyone else soak up the rays or veg in their hammock?
I’m sending out an international radiotelephone…errrrr…blog signal announcing our distress! Our floor is peeeeeeeeling! Our beautiful just finished floor that used to look like this just weeks ago:
Is doing this:
Those are dog scratches large sections of poly peeling up. See:
Floor poly film in hand. Oh and did anyone else pick up that I called Mayday on May Day?! What a coincidence?! She said sarcastically as she knew that she had this post planned for well over a week. Doh! But back to the floor. Honestly, we kind of feared this. But not until Colby uttered “hopefully it doesn’t peel up” as I was laying down the LAST coat of poly on the LAST section of the hall floor which had given me so much trouble (read about it here and here). Apparently there was a reason the water based floor poly wasn’t truly adhering to my make-it-work, slightly tacky, let’s stain maple even though you shouldn’t experiment. Epic fail! I have a theory that if we had used an oil based poly on top of the freshly stained floor that it would have worked better.
The water based stain did work on other floors in our home but the stain on those floors was applied much more traditionally (ie…thin coat applied, stain soaked in, rubbed excess off…when we stained the hall floor it didn’t soak in…at all…so we just left it there). However, those floors are getting exceptionally scratched thanks to our over-exuberant pup. The parlor floor is exceptionally scratched after just a few months:
And so is the dining room floor:
I expected some scratches but not to this extent. Considering these floors are temporary floors to us (we’re planning on installing wide pine flooring throughout the whole house within the next couple of years), I’ve been using these floors kind of like a warmup for the big show! Or as practice floors so we know exactly what to do when we lay down the flooring for real. It gives me an opportunity to try products out and see what I like and what I don’t like. The poly we’ve been using is the Varathane Water Based Floor Poly in a semi-gloss:
It had gotten pretty good reviews except for one really bad one. It’s been a good poly for us, I just question it’s durability and I’m thinking of trying a different one, especially since I’ve used up pretty much all of the gallon size Varathane floor poly I had bought. Here is what I’m considering trying out on the hall floor:
It’s the Minwax oil-based semi-gloss polyurethane. It only has one review so far (via the Lowes website) but at least it’s a good one. Have any of you tried it? Or have another floor poly that you just love? I’m curious what you all think.
So of course I have grand plans to refinish the hallway floor…again…this weekend. I’m thinking sand it back down (fingers crossed that goes okay…I’m a little worried the stain hasn’t completely soaked in) until I can smooth out the scratches and peeling poly areas. Then I’ll start applying coats of the Minwax.
It’s a pain to re-do the floor again but I can chalk it up to live and learn. At least I now have a weekend project. I ALMOST went to Lowes this evening to look at paint chips so I could paint the craft room. Mostly because Katie Bower of Bower Power repainted her office/craft space and redid the whole room and it looks so amazing. Go check it out here. It’s about as amazeballs as you can get! That wall color is perfect!
Pssst…Why is it that when you set out to do one little project that you think will only take you a short time it almost always turns into something way more complicated? And when you think something will take forever it’s usually quick and painless? It’s like the how many licks until you get to the center of the tootsie-pop commercial…some things the world may never know!