How to Hide a Beam in Ceiling?
The following are some of the ways you can conceal a beam in ceiling:
Flush Beam Method – You can use this method if you want to cover your beam with something else or even just hiding it from view. Flush beam is very easy to execute. Just place something over the top of your beam and then secure it using screws, nails, bolts etc. If you want to make it look like there is no beam at all, you can use a piece of wood or even paint it black.
Drop Beam Method – This method requires more skill but can be done if you have enough time and patience. To perform this technique, first you need to get rid of any obstructions around your beam so that its not visible from outside. Then, simply drop the beam down into the hole. You will notice that the beam may fall down into the hole before it reaches the bottom. Once it gets to the bottom, you can easily remove it from underneath.
Steel Beam Method – This method requires a little bit more skill and patience but can be accomplished if you have enough time and patience. First, you need to determine what type of beam you would like to hide in ceiling. There are two types of steel beams used in ceilings; flush and drop style. Flush style beams can be easily covered with drywall and finished without anyone knowing it is there. The only thing you have to do is to cover it with a piece of wood and secure it in place.
Drop beam, on the other hand, gives you more trouble since they extend all the way to the bottom of your ceiling. As the name implies, these beams will not allow anything to be placed on top of them. You will need to build a false ceiling first to hide the beam.
Fiberglass Beams – To hide a beam that is made of fiberglass, you can either replace it with another material or simply paint it. If you are not comfortable about dealing with glass, then replacing it with a different material is probably the best option. You can replace it with plywood or you can even go for decorative materials like MDF if you want to achieve a specific look. The latter may not be particularly strong but it can still do the job. You can paint the beam if you want to achieve a specific look.
You can even use patterns or just a single solid color if you want it to look more realistic.
How to Disguise a Beam Above the Ceiling:
One of the common ways to hide a beam above the ceiling is by creating a false wall using drywall or even plaster and painting it with the rest of the ceiling. This simply involves making a square cut-out from the ceiling and then securing it in place above the beam. The edges should be painted to match the rest of the ceiling.
This method is considered very effective in hiding beams but it can be very expensive since you will have to pay someone to do it for you.
How to Cover a Beam Using Crown Molding:
Instead of hiding a beam completely, you could also try covering it with crown molding. To do this, you can use base shoe molding to cover any protruding portion of the beam. This is a relatively easy thing to do and you can always complement the look with other molding by using different types and sizes. To give it that professional finish, you may want to hire a carpenter or handyman for the job.
How to Fix Loose Beams:
There are two common causes of loose beams; dry rot and settling. If it is dry rot, you will need to replace the beam entirely since you can’t do anything about it. However, if it is simply a case of settling, you can easily solve the problem by cutting the beam shorter and re-installation it in place. If you believe that this has happened, then you should probably get a professional to inspect the rest of your house before anything else happens.
Regardless of which option you choose, you should make sure that your beams are properly supported. If you have a drop beam, then you need to get wall brackets so that the beam is securely fastened to the ceiling. If you have flush beams, then installing wall studs will do the trick. The last thing you want is to have a heavy object like a chandelier fall on your head because the beams could not hold it up.
Beam Coatings and Paint:
Spraying a coat of epoxy on your beams is another way to give them an entirely different look. There are professional painters who specialize in this so you may want to check if there are any in your area. This would give your beams a shiny finish that can either mimic the look of metal or give it a semi-gloss finish.
Another option is to give it a weathered look using a technique called ragging. This involves dipping cloth rags into various shades of gray paint and lightly dabbing it on the beam in a random fashion to give it a stone-like appearance. Of course, you have to find someone who is capable of doing this but the result can be very effective.
Suffice to say, there are many ways to hide or disguise your beams and these are just some of the most popular ones. The best thing you can do is weigh up the pros and cons of each so you can decide which one will work and look best in your home. Remember, whatever you do, you want to make sure that you are simply disguising the beams and not completely covering them up because that defeats the whole point of owning a log cabin in the first place!
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