Wood Beam and Lace Curtains

This post is so exciting for me to write! I had this vision for our master bedroom, and it’s coming to life even better than I imagined. After we got the plank walls put up, we moved our bed over to this little nook on the left side of the window, and it’s such a cozy space now. It has just enough room for our new bed and a pair of nightstands and feels amazing to crawl into our bed every night now. I’ve always had this idea in my head of adding curtains somehow to make this space even more cozy and intimate, and last week we finally made it happen!

You guys… I am DYING over the new “wood beam” and lace curtains!

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com


So after we finished the gorgeous plank walls and brought in some new furniture, here’s what the room looked like:

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

Such a huge improvement already, right? To get this project started, I adapted a few ideas from one of my favorite bloggers, Jenna Sue. This girl has added amazing faux wood beams in her home and recently did a bathroom makeover with lace curtains around a clawfoot tub that seriously left my jaw on the floor. It was to die for, you guys!

For the wood beam, Jeremy and I first cut a 1×4 to stretch from wall to wall in the sleeping nook. This board gets screwed into the ceiling and acts as the support for the sides of the beam. We pre-drilled holes through the board and into the ceiling about every foot or so.

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

Then we went back and finished drilling the holes in the ceiling and added a drywall anchor. Ideally, you could just use long screws and drill right into studs behind the drywall, but our house seems to have no rhyme or reason to the stud placement so Jeremy decided it would just be easier to use anchors.

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

After the anchors were added, we put the board back on the ceiling, lined up the holes in the board over the anchors, and added screws to secure the board in place.

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

Then I cut two 1×6 boards to the same length as the 1×4 and stained them with Minwax Classic Gray. Once they were dry, we placed them on the side of the 1×4 with the long side of the board facing out and the short side flush against the ceiling. Then I used my brad nailer to nail the top of the 1×6 to the side of the 1×4.

A few notes…

  • We cut our boards to have a nice, tight fit against the wall, so they pretty much held themselves up there even before the nails were added. I think that having a tight fit helps the 1×6 stay in place and not want to wiggle, since it’s only attached at the top.
  • When nailing in the boards, we quickly found out that our ceilings are definitely not straight! Part of the ceiling bows in the middle, which left a gap between the 1×6 and the ceiling in some areas. If the beams were going to be painted, I would just caulk the seam and call it a day, but because they are stained, I decided to leave the slight gap and go with a rustic look. That’s the best part of farmhouse style, right? The houses are supposed to be old and crooked and imperfect! You can only see a slight shadow on the ceiling from the gap, so it’s not that noticeable anyway. Just be aware that you might face the same issue with your ceiling.

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

If we were doing a normal wood beam, we would add a bottom 1×4 and be finished. But I wanted to leave the bottom open so I could hang a curtain up inside of the beam. We looked at a few options for a curtain rod and settled on PVC pipe. I’ve used electrical conduit before, but they didn’t have any pieces that were long enough, so we grabbed two pieces of 3/4″ PVC and a connector and trimmed it down to fit our nook. You’re not going to see the rod anyway, so I didn’t care how it looked, and PVC is super cheap. I also grabbed a package of closet pole brackets to hang the rod.

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

The brackets were screwed into the wall as close to the 1×4 as I could get them.

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

Then I put these lace curtains from Ikea on the PVC pipe and hung it up inside the wood beam.

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

We had already guessed that the PVC pipe would sag in the middle, but I was hoping it wouldn’t hang down as low as it did.

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

So I went back to the store and grabbed one of these brackets:

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

I screwed the bracket to the 1×4 right in the middle, and it held the PVC pipe up perfectly. Problem solved!

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

I wanted to be able to draw the curtains to the side so we don’t trip over them in the middle of the night and pull the whole thing down (because that would TOTALLY happen to me!), so I picked up some pretty metal hooks from Hobby Lobby and screwed them into the wall. I have to admit… it hurts a little making holes in my new beautiful planked walls! But for these pretty antique gold hooks it was totally worth it.

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

And here’s the finished product! Guys… all I can say is swoon…

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

Isn’t it just dreamy? The sunlight from our little window filters through the lace, and it looks like something straight out of a magazine… or maybe a romance novel! It feels so cozy and inviting, and I could honestly spend all day in bed with the hubby catching up on sleep and our plethora of DVR’ed TV shows. It’s hard to make myself roll out of bed every morning now, but at least I can look forward to crashing into those comfy pillow at the end of every day!

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

Pools of lace at the end of my bed… seriously, does it get any dreamier than this?

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

 

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

Most of the time we keep the curtains pulled back on the hooks, but when I need a little quality time with my sweet hubby, the curtains can be draped over the bed for a little added romance.

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

This cozy sleeping nook was created by adding a faux wood beam and lace curtains over the bed, and the results are amazing! See how to do this project in your home at LoveGrowsWild.com

I’ve had a bunch of questions about all the new furniture and decor in our bedroom, so I’ll list the items below for you, but first I have a VERY important question to ask you guys! We obviously need to switch out the light fixtures in here, which currently look more like futuristic flying saucers than a rustic farmhouse light, but do I go with a flush mount fixture over the bed or a more dramatic chandelier? I had a chandy picked out that would fit perfectly with the cozy rustic vibe in here, but I don’t want it to compete too much with the bed and the wood beam… help me decide! Do I make a major focal point over the bed with a chandelier or stuck with something low key that will blend into the ceiling? I can’t wait to hear your suggestions! Leave a comment below and tell me your vote and what you think about the new wood beam and curtains!

bed – Amazon (also found on Overstock)

quilt – Target

gray sheets – Target

cream ruffled pillow – Ikea

lace curtains – Ikea

swing arm lamp – Lowe’s

wicker trunk – Ikea

nightstands – Sauder… more on that coming soon!

Check out the rest of our bedroom makeover posts:
Master Bedroom Makeover Plans & Before Photos
Master Bedroom Planked Walls


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Comments

  1. This is my new favorite project you’ve done! It is STUNNING! If this doesn’t end up in a magazine, I’ll be shocked and sad! Such a great idea and beautifully done! Oh, and I vote chandelier! I think it would go perfectly with the rustic, romantic look you’ve got going on!

  2. Wow!! This is getting sooooo goood!! (as usual) I think a statement light would be oh-so-romantic and I feel that as long as it doesn’t have alot of dark/iron/bronze on it, it shouldn’t compete with the bed and would blend in with the other finishes. Something flushmount but with alot of crystals/glass to keep it light and subtle? Like:
    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/clarissa-glass-drop-flush-mount-ceiling-fixture/?pkey=cflushmounts&&cflushmounts
    or
    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/mia-faceted-crystal-oversized-flush-mount-ceiling-fixture/?pkey=cflushmounts&&cflushmounts

    I can’t wait to see more! :)

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Those lights you suggested… LOVE! That’s exactly what I had in mind if I went with a flush mount fixture, but unfortunately what you haven’t seen yet on the blog is that there are TWO lights that need replaced in this room: one over the bed and one by the door/closet. So I need to find an option with a slightly less painful price tag! Lol! Lighting is one of the main things I’ll splurge on in a space, but I’m not sure I’m ready to take that big of a plunge just yet. Thank you so much for the suggestions, Emily! :)

  3. Ok girl… this is every bit as dreamy as you described. I’m so in love with how pretty this made your master bedroom!! I can see why you are so in love with this project, it’s absolutely gorgeous. You go girl!

  4. How about a ceiling fan w/a light kit. Home Depot or Lowe’s both have some that look quite old fashioned and “farmhouse”. I know this because my house is very, very similar to yours in decor & design. ;-))

  5. What a wonderful idea! I can’t believe it was so easy to do.
    It really is a a beautiful space.
    Karen

  6. Hehehehe – we did a bedroom transformation with the same nightstands too – completely different look but I love them. Can’t wait to see your third piece & what you did!!! (our transformation wasn’t quite as dramatic.)

  7. I love your dreamy bedroom! Great job.
    I would put up a chandelier over the bed.
    Enjoy.

  8. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Just simply divine!

  9. Good Morning Liz,

    you both did a great job with the remodeling of your master room above all the makeover with the laze curtains is really lovely. In the before pics you really see that something was missing in your bed area it looked so undone and uncozy.
    The actual lamp is very ugly sorry but to hang there a candelier isn’t in my mind not a real farmhouse style I would pick up an unobtrusive lamp that the 1st focus is still to the bed area and not to the ceiling. Maybe you use a similiar lampshade like the swing arm ones. I think you’ll manage it like you did with the other decoration picks before,too.

  10. Beautiful job!!! As for my opinion, I would go with a chandelier. The rest of your “feel” is very soft and low-key. A chandelier would really add some pop and interest. But either way, your room is still gorgeous.

  11. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! I wish it was mine….sigh,.
    Good job!

  12. Jeane Cockey says:

    Lisa, gorgeous nook! I’d go for tucked up light fixture. Keep it peaceful and quiet in there – a chandelier would take away from the peacefulness of it. Hang that over a sweet chair or in your bathroom – or walk in closet! Poor Jeremy’s going to whack his head on that pitched ceiling at least once! You don’t want him to hit the chandelier, right?!

    Just sayin’,
    jeane
    Kent Island, MD

  13. Your bedroom is gorgeous…I would go with a chandelier…

  14. Oh my goodness ! I love what you have done with your bedroom. I always love the lace curtains hung around things. I have them around a porch swing on my patio and enjoy them so much. If it were me I’d have to have a chandy over the bed. To me it would just make it feel that much more romantic. Y’all have done such a nice job.

  15. Lovely space! It reminds me of a bedroom I saw on the Jenna Sue Design blog, check out under “current house” on her blog. She has planking as well they hung a chandelier from a wooden beam, it looks fabulous. I think it would in your room too. You’ll also adore her bathroom, check it out.

  16. Um…..SO good. I really, really love it.

  17. this is just so lovely! and I would definitely go with a chandelier, twinkly crystal drops & lace, how could it not work?

  18. Beautiful! Absolutely love it!

  19. Dreamy! Looks so good it’s hard to believe it’s the same room! Definitely switch the light out…I vote for a semi flush, like a school house light.

  20. cyn Benson says:

    Gorgeous! Looks like a bed and breakfast room. So peaceful.

    Cyn

  21. WOW!! Your bedroom is just beautiful! You really did a nice job. I am in awe! Great job!!!

  22. Sherry Fram says:

    I love your room & the curtain is beautiful! I would do a flush mount light with lots of bling! It will look fantastic with the wood beam.

  23. I LOVE this soooo much!! It turned out beautifully!! I think a vintage chandelier would be beautiful in that space :) Can’t wait to see what you do!

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