"I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint." elsie de wolfe
Fake It If You Can't Make it
I've been working on a cool project, a condo in a converted warehouse (it's not finished, so excuse the ladders and lack of staging). Among its great features are exposed brick walls and original beams. However, a new steel support was added to the living room and encased in sheetrock. It stuck out like a sore thumb.
Here's a detail of one of the great, naturally aged and distressed original beams from when the building was constructed in 1895.
Here's the sheetrocked beam after a couple of layers of glaze applied with a rocker graining tool:
A closer look shows the similarity between the painted finish on the right and the original on the left.