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Fake Beam

by Motoko, June 20, 2013

“Fake” in terms of beam. But real wood. And this is a quick one-day house project I did.

This is how our kitchen looks from Dining Room now. The opening to the kitchen had no moldings, no details, just that narrow (not-so-today width) opening in the wall. So I added the beam, the wanna-be-beam.

Thick barn wood a little bit longer than what I needed costs about $500, and I didn’t want to pay that much. So I bought 1″-thick barn wood instead, cut that into three pieces to cover both sides of the wall & the bottom, and installed them. To tell you the truth, I haven’t installed the piece for the kitchen side of the wall. I don’t know if I want it on the other side or not. It kind of looks nice as is. Sorry, I didn’t take a picture for that.


Either way, it’s a little thing, but made a big difference in this opening. Most importantly, it made me happy.

Cabinetry you see in the above images is built by me. We removed the old and not-so-functional pantry cabinets  and installed these.  I will show you more pictures of them later on.