Got a lot of natural wood furniture and fittings in your home? Our faux wood products could be the perfect addition to your decor, and you can stain them to match!
Staining the Secret to Synthetic Wood Beams
Christi T., from Seaford, New York, recently sent us pictures of the awesome faux wood beams installation she and her husband had completed in their home. What made this installation so special, however, was the way in which Christi had perfectly matched the color of their faux wood beams to the rich, dark hue of their existing wood furniture.
"I wanted to share the final installation with you," Christi writes, including pictures in her email. "I'm very happy; they look great and stained really well."
Christi and her husband ordered our faux timber beams - one of our top-selling products. But unlike the majority of customers, she actually ordered them unfinished; shipped from our warehouse totally unfinished, and designed to allow homeowners to stain the product themselves.
The reason they had decided to go for an unfinished look, rather than choosing one of our gorgeous, natural-wood hues, is because they had a lot of beautiful, dark wood antique furniture in their home; and wanted to make sure the faux beams they installed matched their coloring. In doing so, it would help tie the entire look of their home together.
Fortunately, staining our synthetic wood products is incredibly simple - much like staining regular, untreated wood.
First off, you need to put a coat of primer on the beams. We recommend a water-based primer, like Benjamin Moore "Fresh Start" 100% acrylic all-purpose primer. A light tan or peanut color gives the best results.
Once that's dry, you can stain the beams in any color you want. We recommend using a product like Benjamin Moore's semi-transparent deck stain "Arborcoat"; which provides a beautiful finish.
There are additional tips and tricks you can use - like using a darker shade of stain to highlight the knots of a beam, or a runny, watery mix of stain to highlight the grain texture. For more information about finishing our beams, check out this page on painting and staining.
The finished results, though, look amazing - and after installation, as you can see from these pictures, our false beams looked outstanding in Christi's home.