This wood ceiling needed something to tone down the grain in the planks. We were able to create a wash that did exactly that.

The floors (reclaimed red oak from a pre-Civil War barn) needed to have their different colors highlighted, not homogenized. Instead of staining the floor, we used a tung oil and beeswax finish that was hand buffed.

Our clients wanted to have reclaimed wood beams in their ceiling, but could not use true old beams as they would not be sturdy enough to support the roof. We took their fresh- cut fir beams and used synthetic plasters, paints, and glazes to give them an authentic aged look.

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Interior Designer: Emily Castle (

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Sarah Scherrman added this to Fireplaces19 January 2020

Height. Would want mantle to be the width of the brick

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