Sanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home

Mar 31 2019
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With my workshop complete and my final finishing of my laundry room remodel it was time to expand out into my entryway and kitchen… And that meant my attention turned to the beams in my home. If they were the ACTUAL 100 year old beams that were here originally I would feel totally different… But, they’re not.

During my renovation in 2014 my brother took me to a local sawmill out in the middle of nowhere where I hand picked these lovely rough sawn 8x8s.

It took my dad, my brother, me and two sledgehammers to get them all in place and take out as much of the sag in the 2nd floor as possible. It also took a chainsaw and multiple blades to cut the load bearing walls to put them in.

It was a big couple of days but the three of us got it done!

I chose these specific 8x8s because they had been weathered over a year outside already and they were local pine.

NOTE: I have MAJOR smoke damage throughout my entire home from that horrible wood stove that I got rid of last fall. My ceilings are DISGUSTING. And the dry heat made all of my trim and beadboard warp. I will be sharing even worse photos soon as I begin the task of fixing my ceilings, my trim and repainting my entire first floor, but I needed to get this job done first! So, when looking at the next pictures please note that I am fully aware of the nastiness and I am going to fix it.

Sanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylicSanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylic

They’re really rough!

They are, in fact, so rough that if I run my hand over them I will get some serious splinters, they cannot be cleaned or dusted, anything that touches them stays there.

And I’m also becoming less and less fond of the rustic look…

I painted out the barn and pallet wood I used as wainscoting in my workshop, I’m going to be removing (and replacing) the barn wood shelf above my kitchen sink, I’m going to be sanding down and staining my kitchen sink base and I’m going to be painting the fake stone on my chimney.

Literally the only thing left in the end (in my head as I was planning all of this) were these beams.

With my plans of repainting (and cleaning) all of my first floor it dawned me that if I was going to actually tackle them then I needed to do it right now BEFORE I repainted and cleaned everything.

Because: SAW DUST.

Lots and lots of saw dust…

I grabbed my Orbitol palm sander as well as my little mouse sander and got to work one Sunday afternoon.

Guys, I am not exaggerating when I say this was one NASTY and awful job! Those beams were full of ancient house dust from the renovation and they were also totally covered in black ash from the wood stove.

It took a LONG time.

I got saw dust EVERYWHERE and thanked the Universe for my foresight to do this FIRST before I cleaned and repainted my first floor. I dunked my head in my kitchen sink multiple times, washing my pour eyes and face lol.

With them thoroughly sanded down it was this moment – when I was running my hand down them and seeing the saw marks and bare, smooth wood when I knew I had made the right decision. (Not to mention, they were so filthy, getting that filth out of my home just felt awesome!)

Sanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylicSanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylicSanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylicSanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylicSanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylicSanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylicSanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylic

I cleaned them with a mix of 50/50 vinegar and water.

It wasn’t even a question that I would be staining them to match my floors. Dark Walnut my Minwax is simply my favorite.

I stained them by putting the stain on with a sponge brush and waiting a good 20 minutes before wiping the stain off.

Though they did turn out darker than I had anticipated I am still very happy with them. (That’s just the way the cookie crumbles when it comes to working with Pine.)

I sealed them with polycrylic also by Minwax and now I can actually clean them!

I will admit I was worried that this was going to be a ton of work that produced very little results when it came to how they looked in my home. I had come to terms that I have become a full on adult and, regardless of how they turned out, being able to clean them would make it all worth it for me.

But I think they look lovely and way better than before.

Now I can finally start cleaning and painting away the awful smoke damage in my home!

Sanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylic
Sanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylic

Sanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylic
Sanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylic
Sanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylic
Sanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylic

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14 Comments

  1. March 31, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Tarah, they look great! I would never tackle a job like that–you constantly amaze me!

    • April 1, 2019 at 9:11 am

      Ugh Jean it was SO gross and much nastier then I anticipated but totally worth it! Thanks 🙂

  2. Barbara
    March 31, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    You amazing! Can’t believe you did all that yourself!. Your home is looking amazing.

    • April 1, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Thank you Barbara, yeah it was a nasty job but totally worth it!

  3. March 31, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    That’s a ton of work, but good for you! I like the unstained look myself, but I’ve noticed you like dark colors

    • April 1, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Thank you Nancy! I seem to have been passed on the dark wood look lol almost ALL of the furniture my grandparents’ made they stained dark so I guess I come by it naturally!

  4. March 31, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    HUGE JOB Tarahlynn – and WELL worth your hard work. You have some reflected light from the shine that brightens them. The beams still have their ‘age’ but now they are clean and can be cleaned when needed. No more of wood smoke layers on the beams – and the timber character shows up so well.
    Joy

    • April 1, 2019 at 9:16 am

      Thank you so much Joy! It was kind of one of those thankless jobs where I honestly thought and wondered the whole time if it would be worth it but I’m REALLY glad I did it now!

  5. LINDA MARTIN
    March 31, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Great job! I had the same problem with a “rough cut” beam in our living room. My husband decided to cover it with drywall instead of sanding it. I just wanted it to disappear. 😊
    Yours look real nice. Congrats on a job well done!

    • April 1, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Thank you Linda! It was such a nasty job but I’m happy with them now. I so understand why you had yours covered up! They’re just not practical!

  6. Diane
    April 1, 2019 at 10:39 am

    They Look fantastic! What a huge improvement!!

    • April 1, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Thank you Diane, it was a ton of work but I am SO glad I did it!

  7. Esther
    May 4, 2019 at 9:33 am

    You did a great job on the beams. They look so good now.

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