Friday, February 8, 2013

Installing Faux Wooden Beams - the Reveal

This is the last one of three posts.  If you are new here, you may want to click HERE, to see the first part on how to install the supports.

The second part HERE, was all about installing that big beam at the top of the ceiling.



Today is all about the remaining beams and the reveal.  We began working on the first beam near the entrance of the room, in this next picture, the one at the far right.  The best candidate to do those first cuts, since its the "hidden" beam. ;)



It got measured and with the numbers on hand it was ready to be cut.  But wait a minute, this is a slanted ceiling!  That was one of the things I was most afraid of, when I began thinking of doing this project.  I'm not that great of a mathematician, somehow transferring angles onto the wood is just not my thing.



Not this time!  I used a sliding bevel to measure the angles and then I set the miter saw following that angle.  As simple as that, just by looking. No numbers involved!



For that first beam I cut each piece separately, at the same length and at the corresponding angles.  When it was time to put it together, the button piece was laid on top of the ¼" samples (for the reveal), and the sides were clamped on each side, one at a time, while the nails were driven.  BUT it was hard to drive the nails like that, on the side.   Right there in that picture below, one of the nails went the wrong way, popping out on the button of the beam. :(   I got it out and continued putting together that beam. 
To my surprise the ends on that beam didn't match perfectly, even though I had been careful to cut everything at the same length!  It wasn't that big of a difference, but it did bother me. 


Installing the beams along side the walls was kind of tricky. Walls are not perfectly straight, neither are the 2x4s.  Since one side cannot be nailed to the support, we applied liquid nails to that edge and then installed the beam.  It was such a super tight fit, that we had to bang it in place with a mallet, protecting the beam with an extra piece of wood.   Then it was nailed to the 2x4 support on the open side.  Just like that, it stayed in place, but to be extra secure, some nails were driven from the button of the beam, the reveal lip, onto the studs on the wall.



For the remaining beams I changed how things were done.  I put them together before cutting them.  The nails were driven from the top (placing a tempory piece of wood inside the beam as support), like I did with that big beam, it was easier.



After assembling them, it was time to cut them.
That first beam was cut piece by piece because I thought that my cheap saw was not big enough to cut all the way through if the beam was assembled, but with the bad experience I had, it was time to try something different.
I put together some spare pieces of wood and cut them.   It didn't go all the way through but it wasn't that bad either!  There was a tiny bit left uncut,  with a hand saw I finished the cut.  That's what I did with all the remaining beams.
It is very important to pay close attention to the way the angle goes.  I had to flip the beam to make the second cut because with my saw I can only cut those angles in one direction.




Those beams in the center of the room were the easiest! They are not heavy, you drive the nails on each side and LISTO!  No problem!



We continued with the third and then the final beam until it was all done!


Really? Well no, not completely done.   It was time for caulking, the magic of caulking! I love how good wood projects look after you caulk them.  Look at the difference!




Huh, remember that nail that went wrong?  That's the hole it created while pulling it out.   After covering all those nail holes a good sanding is a must.



Once again with my painting uniform to cover all those marks.



The whole ceiling got a new coat.  The same stain-blocking paint was applied.



Now it was painting time for the beams.  Since I don't have a steady hand it was easier for me to tape them all around.



And F I N A L L Y!   Here they are, all finished!









One before pic to see the difference.



Oh my!  I'm loving them!



Even though the room is still a mess, I feel so giddy each time I get this picture of the beams when I get to the top of the steps.


They make a big difference!



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48 comments:

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Cristina, they look absolutely fabulous! You are a gem for sharing all of your info along the way too. Thanks so much for sharing. :) Megan

Feral Turtle said...

Amazing! All the work you have done and it has totally paid off. Good job Cristina.

Violetas Rendadas said...

Lindo.Parabéns pelo trabalho maravilhoso e por sua postagem.

Adrienne said...

Wow, what an accomplishment! They are gorgeous.

Amantisima said...

Menudo trabajo,esta quedando genial! Un saludo

Ronda Batchelor said...

They look great. I love the difference they make. Texture can be so powerful. I can't wait to see what else you do in there.

Ceci Bean said...

What a great improvement with that extra architectural detail! Love it.

Christina @ Floridays Mom said...

The beams look amazing! I've been debating something similar in our family room as we have the same slanted ceilings. Yours look terrific! Fantastic job all the way around!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

The beams are so fabulous! I am so impressed that you were able to do it yourself. Working over your head is no fun! I don't have the arm strength for that haha. Terrific job, Cristina!

Decora Adora said...

Cristina cuando te veo encaramada arriba de todo , me digo no puedo creer que sea ella .. Y si!!! Eres tu la que hace todo.. Cristina realmente eres demasiado astuta y valiente. No se sí yo me atrevería a hacer todo el trabajo que tu haces.... Te felicito
Muchos cariños

Jennifer@ClassicStyleHome said...

I'm so impressed! They look great!

ngnrdgrl said...

They make a huge difference! I could see doing something like this in the future. What a wonderful project!

Kim (TheKimSixFix) said...

Wow! Those came out so great.. and you make it look so easy!! I'm super impressed!

Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer said...

They turned out great! You should be very proud...and I'm sure you're glad you don't have to get back in that attic!

XO,
Christy

Jenn AJennuineLife said...

Awesome DIY and the results are fab! I'd love it if you stopped by to link up at Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. http://www.ajennuinelife.com/2013/02/thrifty-to-nifty-thursdays-6.html

Orlando Designs said...

you are just so amazing!

Marina Pérez said...

No dejo de sorprenderme contigo, eres alucinante, soy tu fan número 1.
Marina

Ahna said...

Just beautiful! I love how they turned out.

Just Spiff It said...

You are an amazing woman!! Beams in a room make such a difference. I am sure your master is going to be even more fabulous. Thanks for sharing these photos.

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

Wow, they look amazing! I also appreciate the tutorials you have done foe each part of this process.

Roeshel said...

They're awesome! All of your hard work is paying off! Beautiful architectural detail. Love it!

Pendra said...

Your ceiling is amazing and so are you! This is incredible and that you did it yourself, is totally amazing!! I know the feeling of walking into your space and WOW... what a difference it makes! Can't wait to see your room done, although is it ever really done? If you're like me I get it done and then my mind is already looking ahead and planning, more, bigger, better... hehehe!
Great job!
~Pendra

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

So beautiful! You did an amazing job! Great tips as well! Congrats!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Wonderful work, Christina, you must be very happy with how it turned out!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

that simply rocks!!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Gorgeous! I want a room that I can do that too! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

KathyMcCann said...

Where did you get your inspiration picture? I so want to do the exact treatment in my family room. With your amazing tutorial and a clearer copy of the picture of that room I will be set to go! My husband is going to dread this but he will love it when we are done. I think it said Houzz but there are so many thousand pictures on that fabulous site I can't imagine how I would ever find it. Thanks! Please keep inspiring us!

Cristina Garay said...

Thanks everyone! Kathy, yes, it was from Houzz, this next link may help you http://www.theremodelingco.com/studies.php?study=1

Vel Criste said...

amen! I love the white but wondering if your gonna be highlighting the sides of the beams with a different color or so? Anyway, it looks fab just the way it is. :-)

Kim said...

Love seeing a lady who uses power tools! Good for you!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautiful job,Cristina. They add so much to the room.

❤ Mrs. Sinyan ❤ said...

These are so beautiful, you are so so talented. If I build up the courage to tackle this project I will use you as my guide. WAY TO GO!!!

Brandi said...

You are such an amazing woman! It makes my heart all giddy to see you tackling all these projects in your home yourself. Bravo! I bow down to you!!!

Guerrina said...

Love, love, love it! Though I don't have a place for beams, it gives me courage to possibly, maybe, someday do a coffered ceiling. Hey! Is that primer on the walls? A new color coming?

Wild Oak Designs said...

Ditto to everyone's comments! Stunning! You guys are absolutely amazing!! Great job...
Nancy
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Ginger Bergemann said...

What a fantastic job!

I'd love if you shared this at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/02/show-tell-13.html

decoratewithalittlebit.com said...

Yay!! What a wonderful accomplishment!! Oh my gosh, and I totally know how much caulk makes a difference- great advice! Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Wow, is all I can think, so admire you and of course the beams are gorgeous!

Our Little Orphanage C said...

They look amazing!! I don't know where our next home is going to be but can I pack you up and take you with us;) Thank you for giving us details of how you do things eventually I may get to do some of them.

Suzan Sweatman said...

Absolutely AMAZING - you should have your own show - really you should!!!!

Sandy said...

You rock with power tools! This is a great very comprehensive tutorial. Beams add a lot of character and it's nice that you have those very tall ceilings! My kitchen ceilings are low but I'd love to have beams to add character. I'm very impressed with your skills.

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Such a great project! I'm featuring this on my DIY round-up tomorrow morning! Thanks for linking it up to Monday Funday!

Vanessa said...

Hi, Cristina

I love it! You all did a great job. Just lovely. I can't wait to see the room all finished up. : )

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The beams look amazing and such a great tutorial. Hugs, Marty

Sherry said...

Looks fantastic! I love beams! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

They look amazing!!!

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Cristina, you did an amazing job! The beams look fabulous. This room is going to look like a page straight out of a magazine, just like your daughter's room. Your family must be so proud of you. I know I am! Way to go!

Debbie

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