These days people are adding faux beams to their ceilings but today I am sharing why we decided to take down the faux beam and faux wood ceiling in our farmhouse kitchen.
Taking Down Our Faux Beam & Faux Wood Ceiling
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I received many compliments over the years about the faux beams in our kitchen. They were really neat and gave character to our kitchen but I always knew I wanted to take them down and here’s why…
They were dark, hard to clean (the rough texture really collected dust) and they took away from precious head space.
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.
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 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.
After covering the exposed nails and screws, we are still painting AND chalking the ceiling but boy does it look bright now!!!
Lastly, I painted the recessed lights white to match the rest of the ceiling (see how to paint recessed lights here).
Believe it or not, we will be finishing up the last minute touches to our kitchen renovation over the weekend and hope to FINALLY share the whole reveal with you guys next week!!! Woo Hoo!!!
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