How to Age New Pine Beams

Updated April 17, 2017

Ageing pine is a common technique used in many interior design schemes. The old, distressed look of the wood gives the appearance of country-style living in a modern or traditional house. You can age furniture and other wooden objects like pine ceiling beams to add to a room's country appeal. You can use different techniques to age pine ceiling beams. One, which uses a bottle of drain cleaner and a few other supplies, can change the appearance of your beams in a day.

Prepare to work area. Remove movable objects that may get splattered with ageing solution, such as furniture, lamps and vases. You also can move the objects away from the work area and place a painter's dust sheet over them. Place sheets of newspaper on the floor under the beams to catch any drips.

Prepare the pine beams for the ageing solution. Sand the beams with 180 grit sandpaper. Distress the beams if you want by, for example, using a hammer to add imperfections such as dents.

Pour detergent into a bucket of water. Use a large sponge to remove dust and dirt from the beams. Allow them to dry. Place masking tape around the beams where they meet the wall to protect the wall from the ageing solution.

Put on your face mask and rubber gloves to protect yourself from sodium hydroxide fumes and splatters.

Prepare your ageing solution. Combine the liquid drain cleaner and water by filling your spray bottle with equal amounts of each liquid.

Apply the ageing solution to the pine beams. Spray solution on a rag and wipe the beams with the wet rag. You also can spray the solution directly on the beams and then wipe the beams with your cloth. As you wipe the pine, the colour will start changing to a yellowish shade. The colour change allows you to see which areas you might have missed with the ageing solution. Let the solution dry to a grey-green colour overnight.

Apply the light brown creme wax to the pine beams with a rag. Allow the wax to sit on the pine for a few minutes, then buff it off with a clean cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Step ladder with a platform
  • 180 grit sandpaper and sander
  • Hammer
  • Bucket of water
  • Detergent
  • Sponges
  • Face mask and rubber gloves
  • Liquid drain cleaner containing sodium hydroxide
  • Water
  • Rags
  • Spray bottle
  • Light brown creme wood wax
  • Newspapers
  • Painter's dust sheets
  • Masking tape
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Since 2007, Jophiel Aurora has written articles on environmental issues, vegetarianism, travel and animal rights for Web sites like eHow, Answerbag and LIVESTRONG.COM. Aurora is also a writer for Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants, an online program. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in computer information systems from Georgia State University.