How To Make Rustic Wood Beams

Our house is an almost 200 year old farmhouse and I wanted to add character back into the kitchen when we renovated it. I was really hoping we’d find some old rustic wood beams when we tore it down that we could reuse, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. We also searched on Craigslist and FB marketplace for old rustic wood beams, but didn’t have luck finding any that were affordable, and the right size. So we moved on to making our own. And we documented the whole process so we could show you how to make rustic wood beams!

Of course, I’ll always love authentic old wood best, however I’m really glad that we were able to find a solution for getting this look when we couldn’t find the real deal to use. I feel like the bench we made last fall helped in learning the best techniques when it comes to distressing new wood boards to make it look old.

kitchen with faux rustic wood beams and beige cabinets

With this project we had to get just the right look with distressing new pine boards to create an authentic rustic wood beam look. And we also had to find the perfect stain color, which is really a struggle for me. I’m never happy with stain choices and just want real, aged wood. But after a lot of trial and error, I feel like we finally found the perfect combination for getting the color I’ve been wanting!

kitchen with rustic beams and beige cabinets
rustic wood beam on white ceiling
kitchen with rustic beams and beige cabinets


  • 1×6 pine boards (3 for each beam)
  • hatchet
  • power planer
  • chisel
  • drill with wire brush tool
  • circular saw with guide
  • table saw
  • wood glue
  • nail gun and nails
  • screw driver
  • orbital sander
  • clear water based polyurethane
  • Minwax Early American stain
  • paint brush
  • measuring tape
  • stud finder
  • drill and screws

Watch the video below to see how we made it:

kitchen with rustic beams and beige cabinets
kitchen with rustic wood wood beam and beige cabinets

Be sure to check out the entire kitchen reveal here!


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