Rustic Guest Room

Nancy and Lisa are at odds over the design for their bonus room. Nancy wants a calming guest room, while Lisa is looking for a colorful playroom.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThey create faux wood beams to bring in a rustic feel that both want. To make them easier to install, they use light wood and attach the beams to a support nailed to the wall.
Materials and Tools:

three 2x6s for each beam
2x4s for supports
ceiling brackets
long screws
pencil
water-based stain
nails
level
drill
awl and chisel
nail gun or hammer

Steps:

1. Determine the desired placement of the beams on the ceiling, marking the spots with a pencil and level. Factor in the ceiling support to hold the beam and spread them evenly across the room.

2. Cut the 2x4s two to three feet in length. Screw a 2x4 support on each end of the ceiling along your marked beam line.

3. To distress the 2x6 lumber, use the awl and chisel. Apply the stain on the distressed wood and let dry.

4. Nail three 2x6s together to build an open-ended box, creating the appearance of one large rustic beam. Nail the beam into the 2x4 supports on the ceiling.

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