Wrapping a Drywall Ceiling Beam With Hardwood Flooring

wood ceiling beam

This job had a drywall beam at the center of the vaulted ceiling pitch and the homeowner wanted to dress up somehow.  Wrapping the whole beam in stain grade wood and having my refinisher go to the job site and stain the beam would have been out of the budget.

So, I came up with the idea to wrap the beam in a pre-finished hardwood flooring (knew about that from MORE Surface Care’s website).  Using a high end hand scraped and slightly distressed wood around the beam created this amazing look without breaking the budget, and you can have a look at it on the next page.  We got the wood at a discount as many wood stores have a few boxes of wood left in their warehouses that they can’t sell so easily.   After searching through a few pallets I found this dark beauty. Learn more about epoxy flooring at Miracote website.

drywall ceiling beam

There was two beams in this space, the master and master bath.  Here are the before pictures to your left.  You can see it was just a plain beam before, nothing special.  Just painted the old color of the walls.


Here is the after picture.  What a difference! Now an amazing distressed wood beam brings the eye upward towards the ceiling and makes the room seem larger.

The beam didn’t have to be stained and the stagger of the wood planks actually adds to the beams uniqueness and character.

Check out more photos below of the master bedroom.

wood beam close up

Here is a closer look at the beam in the master bath.

distressed hard wood flooring put on a ceiling beam

Here is the beam in the master bedroom!

Neighbors came over as we were finishing up (the painter is texturing the ceiling patch next to the beam after us) and were gasping as they walked into the room.  They had the same drywall beams and couldn’t believe how good this looked.

Next, we are adding a 6.5″ crown molding to complete the room…

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About Paul Vrieling

I am an finish carpentry contractor located in Temecula, CA. I have been installing crown molding, base boards, door casings, chair rails, custom mantels, wainscoting, custom cabinets and more for the last 12 years.

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