When I was nine years old, my parents designed and built (one of) their dream home(s) on the shores of Lake Michigan. It was a gorgeous 3-story home, tucked away in the woods, oozing with character and outdoorsy charm. The second level had these gorgeous exposed beams a few shades darker than the hardwood floors. We moved around a lot growing up, but that house always felt the most like “home” to me, and my love affair for exposed wood beams has never died!
Fast forward to a few months ago, when I saw this incredible bathroom makeover on my dear friend Traci’s blog. She showed off her gorgeous new bathroom complete with faux wood beams! Say wha??? Faux beams that look like rustic barnwood beams that I can actually lift and install (with minimal help)! Oh yes please!
I contacted AZ Faux Wood Beams to discuss the benefits of faux beams and design options for my kitchen.
This is what I learned:
- The beams are made of polyurethane.
- They are made from the molds of actual wood beams so are very authentic in appearance.
- They will not split, crack, or dry out like real wood but can be easily cut to size with a hand saw.
- They are incredibly lightweight making them easy to ship and install.
- They are termite resistant.
- They can be painted or stained.
- They look exactly like real wood!
- They come in a variety of finishes, sizes, and styles.
- They are manufactured by Superior Building Supplies.
AZ Faux Beams has been featured on HGTV and the DIY Network. They offer such amazing products that I was thrilled to try them out for myself! I discussed my design options with the AZ Faux Beam team, and with their help I was able to choose the number of beams in the style and finish that was perfect for my kitchen. I chose the Old Timber Beams and I LOVE them.
The color is exactly what I was hoping for. They are a gorgeous true brown without a lot of reddish tone to them and they look beat-up, chunky, and straight from an old barn :). The beams I chose were actually close to 15′ long. The total cost of three beams of the size I chose runs around $350 before shipping. I think it would be very difficult to achieve a similar look for less. And they are so light that two of you can easily install them in a day!
I was already loving all of the recent changes that I made to my kitchen but the beams are definitely the icing on the cake! They separate the kitchen visually as a “room” in our open floor plan and add some additional architectural interest and character.
Okay, and here is where you can really see how far my kitchen has come in the past few years. Below is the before.
And the much improved after :). Eek! I am thrilled with it now! It is EXACTLY what I was hoping for when I started my kitchen makeover journey several years ago.
If you are wondering how in the world to install the beams, I’ve included Traci’s video tutorial below. I was going to make my own tutorial for you, but Traci did such a great job that there was really no need. We used toggle bolts to install wood blocks in the ceiling (because there were NO studs in place) and then drilled wood screws through the wood beams and into the wood blocks. It’s not hard to do, but is a two person job. Click on over to AZ Wood Beams and see if there is a beam that speaks to you!
I loved these beams so contacted AZ Faux Beams and asked them if I could review their product. They agreed and were excited about reaching all of you. As always, the opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine. My family loves these beams, how easy they were to work with, how natural they look, and the character they add to our home. I highly recommend them!