Finally Some Fun

“Patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.” ~ Joyce Meyer

Our goal for all of our houses is to have a strong foundation and structure to work from. We don’t just want to cover the flaws with new paint and flooring. To get through all of the mundane and grueling projects it takes patience. I believe Cole is one of the most patient people in the world. He is amazing during all phases of renovation but his patience truly comes through when I know he is just dying to get to all the fun projects, but spends weeks digging dirt out of the basement so that we can install structural posts. With all that said… we finally got to a FUN PROJECT!

Our official first fun project was installing amazing hand hewn beams. These beams were from the basement were we installed the new floor so therefore could be utilized elsewhere. Cole had the great idea of putting them in a place of honor in the house – the living room ceiling! We needed to reframe the second story floor anyways and using these huge beams was a great option.

Cole first hand hewed all of the beams with an ax and chisel. We knew we were going to be staining them so I tested a few different stains seen below. We ended up mixing two different colors (Minwax Early American and Minwax  English Chestnut). We wanted a stain that wasn’t to dark or red but still brought out the natural wood grain.

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After the beams were installed we lightly sanded them to remove any large splinters. I followed Cole with the vacuum to remove any dust. 
We then wiped down the beams with water to open up the pores and started staining! The stain went on beautifully. After applying a stain it is always a good idea to go back and remove the excess that does not soak in with a clean cloth. 

After the stain had time to be absorbed we applied 2 coats of Minwax Antique Oil Finish.

The beams were a large project but they look beautiful and will be a real statement for this house. Stay tuned because we can’t wait to show you the ceiling we put on top of the beams! 
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