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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  1. 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!

    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.

    2. Absolutely love this project! We are moving into a new house soon and I want to add some wood, this would be great. Althought there is already some white moldings so not sure how that would turned out. But definitely something I want to take a look at.

  2. 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.