How to Age Wooden Beams

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How to Age Wooden Beams
Use a hammer to give the wood beam dents and scratches. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Wooden beams that look aged are an attractive addition to your home decor. They can give your ceilings, porches and other areas in your home a rustic, country-style appearance. Faux finishing kits tend to be expensive and often are hard to find. You can use paint, a hammer and carpenter's wood glue to get a vintage, weathered look on the beams within a few hours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Dusting tool
  • Latex or acrylic paint (black or dark brown and a lighter brown)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Carpenter's wood glue

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  1. 1

    Use a hammer to create dents and scratches in your wood beam.

  2. 2

    Use a soft cleaning cloth to get rid of any dust, wood debris, dirt or cobwebs on the wood beam.

  3. 3

    Paint the wood beam with a black or dark brown latex paint. This paint colour will show through cracks once the project is complete. You can use any two-color combination you desire, but if you want a more natural look, black and brown shades work well. Allow the paint to dry well.

  4. 4

    Spread the carpenter's wood glue onto the entire wood beam surface with a clean paintbrush. The second paint colour must go on top of the still-wet glue before it dries, so work quickly. A thick coat of the glue results in large cracks in the final product; a thinner coat of glue creates hairline cracks.

  5. 5

    Paint the wood beam with the second paint colour while the wood glue is wet.

  6. 6

    Allow the second coat of paint to dry thoroughly according to the directions on the paint. You will see the beam take on an aged appearance as it dries.

  7. 7

    Seal the wood beam with a final coat of glue and another clean paint brush. This protects the aged finish.

Tips and warnings

  • It is less complicated to paint and dent the wooden beam before installing in its final location.

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