Sharing 3 reasons we decided to take down our faux beam & faux wood ceiling in our farmhouse kitchen & what we replaced it with… DIY & before and after pictures included!
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3 Reasons for Taking Down Our Faux Beam & Faux Wood Ceiling
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While it seems like people are adding faux beams to their ceilings of their homes… today, I am sharing why we decided to take down the faux wood beam & faux wood ceiling in our farmhouse kitchen & replaced it with a bead board ceiling instead.
Kitchen Before with Faux Wood Beams & Faux Wood Ceiling
Over the years, I received many compliments about the faux beams & faux wood ceiling in our kitchen.
So MANY people thought that the faux beams in our farmhouse were original.
Why we Took Down our Faux Beam & Wood Ceiling
They were really neat and gave character to our kitchen farmhouse but I always knew I wanted to take them down and here’s why…
Reason One – Faux Beams & Faux Wood Ceilings are Hard to Clean
Our faux beams & faux wood ceiling were so dark, bulky and hard to clean (the rough texture really collected dust) and they took away from precious head space.
Reason Two – Faux Beams & Wood Ceilings are Dark
One of the main things we wanted to accomplish in our kitchen renovation was to brighten it up.
The faux wood ceiling and faux beams really made our kitchen look dark.
We really wanted to have a bright & airy kitchen after our remodel & the faux beams & faux wood was not helping to accomplish that!
In my opinion, there was just too much wood… wood floors, wood kitchen cabinets and a wood ceiling was just TOO MUCH!
Reason 3 – Faux Beams Take Away from Precious Head Space
Originally, there were 3 faux beams in our kitchen.
The center beam ran right through where we wanted to add our wood range hood.
When we opened up the center one we found it to be completely empty!
The faux beams were approximately 14 inches by 14 inches wide and tall.
Because our ceilings are definitely not the tallest ones in the world we decided to take down these faux beams as well as raise up our ceilings to be as high as possible.
The other 2 beams were covering the ceiling headers so we took down the faux beam wood and covered the header with lots of beautiful white trim making sure to keep as much head space as we possibly could.
The faux wood panels in our previous farmhouse kitchen were starting to fall down and just did not look good anymore.
Taking down the faux wood panels in our eat in kitchen area was pretty easy since there was drywall underneath but when we started to take down the panels down over the main part of our kitchen the original plaster ceiling came down and it was a MESS!
We even talked about leaving the rafters open and exposing the wood floors underneath but decided against it because we wanted a cleaner look and it would have taken FOREVER to paint the ceiling white.
Adding a DIY White Bead Board Kitchen Ceiling
After covering the exposed nails and screws, we are still painting AND chalking the ceiling but boy does it look bright now!!!
Painting Recessed Lights in the Kitchen Ceiling
Lastly, I painted the recessed lights white to match the rest of the ceiling (see how to my tips for how to paint recessed lights here).
Farmhouse Kitchen Ceiling Reveal with White Bead Board
And… Our Farmhouse Kitchen is DONE! Full Kitchen Reveal (HERE)
We CAN NOT believe the difference in our newly remodeled farmhouse kitchen looks now & could not be happier we decided to take down the faux wood beams & faux wood ceiling.
I hope this answers all your questions about faux wood beams, faux wood ceilings, and bead board ceilings and inspires you to take down a faux beam ceiling or put one up!
by Tara Lehman
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