Beam Renewal

April 14, 2016

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:living_room_listing_2great_room_listingspare_bedroom_listing
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.beam_corner_beforeIn 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.overhead_beamWell, 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!beam_corner_afterPretty 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…beam_planed_2I 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:beam_planed_zoom_2Excited to share more as we continue to make this place our own!


You Might Also Like


  • Reply Stacy April 14, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I love the beams, and I think you are spot on with lightening them up a bit. I look forward to your progress!

    • Reply Courtney @ Foxwood Forest April 14, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks, Stacy! We love what we found underneath the darkness — so excited to continue making progress on the beams!

  • Reply Tonya April 14, 2016 at 10:06 am

    What a difference! Those beams are going to be stunninag!

  • Reply Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) April 21, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Wow, that looks so much better! They were definitely too dark. Great improvement.

  • Reply Dining Room Rehab – Foxwood Forest June 27, 2016 at 7:03 am

    […] have not yet finished the moulding — we need to plane the beams before adding moulding in those areas. Also, we ordered a new dining table, which should arrive […]

  • Leave a Reply