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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The brackets were screwed into the wall as close to the 1×4 as I could get them.
Then I put these lace curtains from Ikea on the PVC pipe and hung it up inside the wood beam.
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.
So I went back to the store and grabbed one of these brackets:
I screwed the bracket to the 1×4 right in the middle, and it held the PVC pipe up perfectly. Problem solved!
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.
And here’s the finished product! Guys… all I can say is swoon…
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!
Pools of lace at the end of my bed… seriously, does it get any dreamier than this?
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.
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!