How to Age Wooden Beams

Written by chelsea fitzgerald | 13/05/2017
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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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


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

Tips and warnings

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

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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