Monday 4 June 2012

An Oversized Craft Paint Project!

You all know I like to do paint projects.  You take a piece of wood and play around with paint until you get it looking like old wood, driftwood or weathered paint.  It's fun!

The project I took on this weekend was NOT FUN!

The upper hallway in my rental property has gorgeous, exposed beams.  They are massive and hand hewn, with the marks from the adze clearly visible.  Unfortunately, they had been painted mint green.

I didn't take before pics but the green showing on the wall is the same colour. ~

I cockily assured my partners that if anyone could doctor these beams back to looking original, it was me!  Have I mentioned my affinity with Dumb and Dumber yet?  Or, how about, "Pride goeth before a fall."?

Five hours on a ladder, arms over my head, dark brown stain dripping from a saturated rag into my hair and the green started to appear weathered grey and aged dark wood. ~

A rag held more stain than a brush for the first layer.  A brush pushed more stain into narrow fissures than a rag.  ~

After letting it all soak in for a bit, more dark walnut stain was dry brushed on top. ~

That was one hideously painful heck of a fun way to spend a weekend! ~ 

I'm telling you, the fun never stops with this renovation!  I'm definitely feeling a "Calgon, take me away!" vibe these days!

I'm sharing this project with:


  1. Well I would say you did it!! They look fabulous. Now, on to the Calgon, girl!

  2. You deserve a good long soak after that job! You transformed the beams into a wonderful driftwood proud of you! xo

  3. You did an amazing job. Your pain paid off with beauty. Marilyn

  4. I've painted and gilded ceilings before, so I know how painful it is Maureen, for your neck and arms. But it was well worth it - the beams look wonderful !

  5. well done dear Maureen! my neck got stiff and my arms started hurting just thinking of you doing this...
    it looks so beautiful now!

  6. Looks like you did a great job! So pretty now! Hope you got your Calgon bath soak!! Overhead stuff always stinks!!

  7. Wow- You outdid yourself on this one. Is your arm looking like a piece of old, weathered wood, too, from all the drips and runs? lol Those beams look amazing....and just think of firming workout your "wings" got this weekend- xo Diana

  8. Wow. This is gorgeous. It is soooo difficult to work over your head like that, but you totally made these look wonderful!

  9. Those beams are absolutely wonderful!! You are amazing!

  10. And I think its looking gorgeous. I think I have something near to spondylosis, which means that i just cant crane my neck...But I love roof projects. Seriously, this is some Grade A Diy.

  11. Applause, applause! I'm very impressed. Especially since it doesn't look like you got any stain on your white ceiling. Very nice.

  12. Maureen..... these beams are fantastic. Well worth changing your hair color to walnut for. I'm pinning them, we have beams just like those in need of a redo.


  13. I purchased some unfinished beams and would love them to look like these. Can you tell me the color of stains you used?
    I would appreciate it.