DIY Wood Beam Doorway

Something about our latest project has me experiencing 90s flashbacks.

Ya know…in the form of a red-jumpsuit-astronaut-weave-wearing-Britney-Spears music video type. Oops! We did it again. (P.S. I should probably apologize now for making you relive that song all over again.)

DIY Wood Beam Doorway

I’ve realized Robert and I are architecture addicts. There are so many ways we’ve made our builder grade house less boring, but the projects with architectural details we’re constantly adding are my favorite.

It all began with our faux fireplace last summer. Then, our factory window shower doors. We’re still determined to continue the chunky farmhouse window molding on the rest of our windows. And now this.

DIY Wood Beam Doorway Before

We’ve come a long way in our living room and breakfast area since Day 1 (and there’s still lots more on the wish list), but the doorway between these two spaces was lacking the character we craved.

The only problem was a real reclaimed wooden beam would cost $1,000 or more.

kitchen before

So after using a few tricks of our own in 3 days and with $80, we turned our plain doorway into a statement-making focal point.

DIY Wood Beam Doorway (4 of 10)

I’m so excited how this DIY wood beam doorway turned out! And even though it was a bit time consuming, it was really fairly simple.  The full tutorial is over on Remodelaholic.

DIY Wood Beam Doorway (5 of 10)

Now that the beam is up, I’m ready to ditch those cherry wood cabinets even more.

DIY Wood Beam Doorway (6 of 10)

DIY Wood Beam Doorway (7 of 10)

The back of our sofa staring at me all the time makes me want to build a console table behind it too. But we’ll get there. There always seems to be a project to do, but it’s nice to take a step back and admire how far we’ve come.

DIY Wood Beam Doorway (10 of 10)

If you’ve got a plain doorway needing some lovin’ in your house too, you can check out all the details here.

What do you think? Are we getting somewhere on this modern farmhouse journey? Would you put a wooden beam in your own house?

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52 Comments

    1. Thank you, Taryn! We’re so excited how they turned out. Now to paint those kitchen cabinets. 😉

  1. Wow adding this bit of architectural accent really does create a wonderful accent to your lovely home. I invite you to share your post at my Thursday Blog hop ( you can still link up until midnight tonight) Hugs!

    1. Yay! Thank you, Kelly! We really love it too. I’m the worst at remembering to do link parties each week, but I always enjoy checking out all of the fun on yours. 🙂 Hugs back at ya!

  2. This looks SO good! It doesn’t even look like the same entry. Just gorgeous. I love it all. It was awesome to finally meet you at Haven. You’re so talented! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, CoCo! It was so great meeting you too! I’m loving your new bedroom makeover. 🙂 You’ve got mad skills too, friend!

  3. Oh. My. Gosh. I love this! Such a great way to dress up something that often goes overlooked. Definitely sharing with my hubby to see if we can do something similar in our house!

    1. Thanks, Paula! We’re so excited about it. By the way, did you get to pick up your chair at Haven?

  4. Thanks for the excellent idea! We trimmed our opening in our last house out with white trim, but the natural is gorgeous. I’ve got an opening that needs trimming now and maybe we’ll do this! Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Jess! White would be beautiful too! I figured if we ever got tired of the natural wood or if it went out of trend eventually, it could always be painted white for a clean, classic look. I’m sure we’ll never paint it, but it’s a great option if a future home buyer decides they don’t like the rustic look. Gotta love versatile home improvement projects. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Meg! I really love our light fixtures and gallery wall too. Those were some of the first things I changed in this house and haven’t regretted those decisions for a second. 🙂

  5. I love the wood beam and all your other stuff. I just noticed your ceiling fan in the living room. Do you remember where you got it? I am looking for a replacement and I really like that one.

  6. I love how this turned out! I was thinking that you somehow attached real beams to the wall, I had no idea that you just framed out the wall that was already there until I read your tutorial. I can’t wait to see how this will look with painted cabinets. Awesome job 🙂

    1. Thanks! It was so easy. I can’t imagine the struggle and expense of real beams. That would be huge! But I’m dying to paint those cabinets now. I need a clone for all these projects on my to-do list. Haha

  7. Love the wood beam….oh my goodness, what a difference it made! I also love the idea of your mention of a sofa back table – that would look great! Maybe you’ll “sneak upon” one at the thrift store! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!
    Lanita

    1. Thanks, Lanita! Yeah, the back of the couch there bugs me. When the perfect piece comes along, I’ll know it. A thrift store trip might need to happen soon.

  8. That looks fantastic! What an amazing transformation! We have several of those boring doorways that I’ve been itching to upgrade. I just need the kiddos to go back to school first. All crafting/DIY has come to a halt here in favor of more pool time. Not a bad exchange, but your beautiful project has me inspired to get back to my projects. Great work!

    1. The struggle is real! Haha I know how that is. If we had more than one kid to wrangle, there’s no way we could manage all of these projects. We’re so excited how this one turned out though.

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