Exposed wood beams can be located in several places throughout your home. Some common places include as load bearing poles or as part of your ceiling. If you are unhappy with the appearance of these exposed wood beams, or if they do not fit with the new decorative scheme of the room they're located in, then you have the option of painting them. A fresh new paint job can often do wonders to restore and enhance a wooden area of your home.
Remove any old paint from the exposed wood beams. Unfortunately, this wood can be delicate, so the best method to use is dry hand scraping with a paint scraping tool.
Apply painter's tape to protect from paint any areas that the wood beams are touching, such as your ceiling.
Use a two-inch tapered brush to apply one coat of primer to your wood beams. Allow it to dry.
Brush on one coat of the final color for your wood beams using your two-inch tapered brush. Again, let this layer of paint dry.
Apply one final layer of paint to the wood to ensure the surface has a beautiful, even color. Remove the painter's tape from around the sides of the wood beams.
Tips & Warnings
- Be sure to apply primer and paint to all areas of the wood beam that are exposed.
- Wear a face mask and protective goggles when scraping the wood to protect your eyes and lungs from falling dust or debris.
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