March 10, 2016

Beams in the Bedroom

Hi All!

Our master bedroom is almost finished.  My husband's been on Spring Break this week and we actually had a lot of fun yesterday getting our 'beams' up.  And we're both loving this change!
I have always loved the slant of our ceiling and when I suggested that we do this project, my husband liked the idea too.

We purchased 12 8 ft long, 2x4's of rustic white pine. We purposely picked imperfect boards for this project; ones that had lots of knots and even imperfect edges. I stained them with MinWax Weathered Oak and a little bit of MinWax Aged Oak Gel Stain ahead of time and gave them plenty of drying time.

Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area. The stain has a strong smell and it takes a few days before it goes away. It gives me a headache and I wanted to wait until it was gone before we put these in our bedroom.

The Weathered Oak definitely has a gray tone to it and the Aged Oak is more the color of our furniture.  I think I may use less of the Aged Oak if we do in this other rooms of our house.

This was a very straight forward project and easy to do.  We cut the two boards that follow the slant first. They were the only cuts that had an angle. All the rest of board had straight cuts.

We may add some decorative metal pieces to some of our seams but they're really not very noticeable. This is probably our most noticeable seam - right above the bed.  There were not studs in this area to really get the board on tight so one is slightly twisted.

If you saw my last post on our bedroom, I had ordered fabric for pillows but received notice that I had to order five yards.  I cancelled the order. I had already ordered this gold damask as another fabric that I was going to use, and when it arrived I really liked it and decided to make the pillows out of it instead. I'll post a pillow tutorial soon.

I found this French chaise right here in town. A local photography studio was selling it. They'd been using it just for pictures. It's in perfect condition although I don't plan on leaving it this color. It's a solid piece of furniture and very comfortable. This is now my new favorite spot to read.

I have a Pinterest board where I save ideas for reupholstering furniture and think I'll probably make the wood a distressed white and recover the chaise in an off white French linen.

We had taken down our chandelier during this project so I cleaned it and replaced some crystals that were amber with clear crystals.

I hung our mirror above the dresser and added a decorative piece above it. I'm not sure I love it so this may get tweaked a bit.
We bought two 28" wide doors for our opening to our bathroom.  We've never had a door there but loved the idea of barn door here. I painted the doors a soft gray/blue and they're ready to hang. We're hoping to get that done tomorrow.

You can also see my wall treatment a little bit in this picture. I've not been able to get a good picture of it. I will also try to do a tutorial on it soon. I used two colors of paint to mimic Venetian plaster.
So we have a few more things to do and this project is finished.
We are still trying to get estimates on redoing our master bathroom and once that project is done, we're planning on replacing our upstairs carpet, including this room.

I'll be back soon with tutorials on the pillows I made, the wall paint treatment, and painting and hanging the barn doors.

love and blessings~

"Behold, I will set your stones in turquoise, and your foundations I will lay in sapphires. I will make your summits of rubies and your gates of crystal, and your entire wall of precious stones."
Isaiah 54:11,12
Bedspread and shams -
curtain fabric, pillow fabric and tassel fringe -
rug - QVC, Royal Palace about 12 years ago
French chaise - second hand


  1. The beams look great and really add to the country feel of the room. It's so very pretty and restful! Perfect for a bedroom!

  2. Oh my goodness Lynda!!! Your room looks sooooo gorgeous! The wood adds so much character and that Chaise...... absolutely dreamy! Looks like a picture in a magazine! You are so lucky! If you are at all interested in joining in on one more link party, I host Making Broken Beautiful every Thursday thru Sunday and I would be honored to host your talents! It is a furniture and decor link party. I hope you have a great weekend!
    Making Broken Beautiful

    1. Thanks so much for the invitation, Terry, and for visiting and commenting!

  3. Lynda, you know I love everything you do. Thanks for sharing at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Your home is gorgeous! :)

  4. I love the rustic touch with your elegant finishes...beautiful!

  5. The beams are a great addition to your bedroom, and you already have some wonderful pieces. Best of all, you have light pouring through your windows. I saw your link at The Curated Collection.

  6. Your beams truly give your bedroom an olde world touch! This post was truly a joy to read and I hope that you will continue adding your ray of sunshine every week on Thoughts of Home on Thursdays.

  7. We want to do something like this to almost every room in our house and this was so informational plus it looks fantastic. Thank you!!


    1. Thank you, Trish! We are wanting to add this to more rooms too!

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE those "beams!" You have such a fun ceiling to play around with, love that sloped side above the bed. Your master is so regal!

  9. very cute. my bedroom has the very same angled I love to see what people do with it and how they decorate around it.

  10. Your home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  11. I love this room. You two have done a beautiful job! I'd never want to leave the room!

  12. Beautiful and elegant. I love the beams, and your bedding and blue draperies are gorgeous. Such a lovely room!