A few weeks ago I blogged about our wooden bedroom ceiling, and I finished that post by saying I was pretty sure I was going to stain it.
My issue with the ceiling was that it looked very fresh and new, not rustic and old like I had hoped. Adding to that feel was the fact that the wooden window headers are old and gray, and the two just didn’t look like they belonged in the same room.
Staining it seemed like the best solution. Nothing too dramatic, just something to add age. After some research and awesome reader suggestions, I decided to do a homemade stain out of apple cider vinegar and steel wool. It seemed like it would be easy to apply, cheap to make, and add just the right amount of color.
So I bought all the supplies, and then….I did nothing.
I just couldn’t convince myself that spending a day or more, 17 feet in the air, upside down, applying drippy liquid to a ceiling sounded like anything but torture.
Then one day my sister-in-law came over and unloaded the best idea ever. Instead of changing the ceiling, what if I changed the headers and made them lighter/less gray? It was such a great, EASY, solution…why did I not think of it before?! So one night I grabbed a stiff wire brush and tried to expose a fresh layer of wood on the header beams (which I did live on Instagram).
I’d love to tell you it worked perfectly and all is right with the world now, but it was a fail. All my brushing and scraping had zero effect. That doesn’t really make any sense to me, but I suppose the outcome could have been much worse.
So I decided I didn’t care if the wood tones matched and to stop thinking about the whole thing. It will slowly darken with age anyway, so a little patience will take care of the “too new” look. We still have quite a few wooden things to add to the room anyway (barn door, floor, bed, etc), and none of it is going to match. I’m calling it a good thing.
Sorry about that unimpressive non-update, but sometimes that just the way projects go. There ARE a few ceiling changes that happened though, so let’s talk about those before you decide this is the lamest blog post ever.
First, the beams are now white.
They look nice, and I like that they match all the trim in the room and really stand out amongst all the wood. Also, since the beams are just framing wrapped in cheap plywood they literally cost about $60. That being said, if I could go back in time and make them real antique wooden beams (like the window headers) I would 100% do that. No doubt. Hindsight’s the worst.
Next, we now have a ceiling fan! This is huge. We keep our house fairly warm (77 degrees) and the fan makes it feel downright cold in our room. I even used a blanket the other night. Man I’ve missed blankets.
I scored this one new on eBay for $250, and it works really, really well. It moves a ton of air, has an LED light and remote, and it’s not ugly. Also, the wood tone doesn’t match any other wood in the room, which means I am totally nailing the mismatched look.
Last, we managed to fill the gap between the wood ceiling and the stone wall and have it not look ridiculous. Here is the before…
and the after –
The stone wall isn’t straight enough to add trim (we tried), so I bought this sanded caulk in the color ‘bone’ instead. It went on surprisingly well, and since it’s sanded its almost an exact match to the mortar.
So those are all the ceiling updates, but many more bedroom updates are coming! Do y’all remember when I used Modsy to design the master bedroom earlier this year? As a reminder, here is the plan we came up with…
Doesn’t that look so dang good…not to mention lifelike?! I’m slowly working my way towards this goal, and if my very backordered bed ever comes in, then reveal will be up at the end of October! Well, reveal minus the fireplace and wood floor, because budgets are real.