As we described before, the lodge has exposed beams aplenty. I’m talking real, thick, original beams that give the place a ton of character. They were one of the first things Courtney and I noticed when we toured the place. Some quick refreshers:
But, to be honest, I don’t actually like them very much. They remind me of utility poles, the ones soaked in creosote. Oh, you too? Well that’s because that’s exactly what they are. It’s hard to tell from these pictures, but in some places you can clearly see where the crossarms were attached. Now, for me the utility pole look is too dark and monochrome, and feels a bit drab—call me crazy. But don’t get me wrong, I do love these beams and what they could be.In fact, up close you can see that these old boys have some potential! Turns out there’s tons of texture there, and underneath that gloomy outer shell is some natural pine color poking through. My plan since we bought the place has been to expose that beautiful inner layer, I’ve just been unsure about the best way to go about doing so.Well, last weekend I couldn’t wait any longer and decided to try out a power hand planer (this one, in case you’re curious). I crossed my fingers, took it slow, and….voila!Pretty sweet, right?! I had originally planned to stop at this point, just to see what the planer could do, but this section only took a couple of minutes, so I couldn’t resist doing more…I still have to finish by hand the edges where the planer couldn’t reach, but I’m thrilled by how much potential these beams really have! I can’t wait to do the others throughout the house. Also planning to finish them all with a light sand and subtle stain. But seriously, check it out:Excited to share more as we continue to make this place our own!