How to Install Beadboard

Beadboard paneling can add a sense of rustic charm to any room and at the same time cover up many problems such as cracked plaster or damaged drywall. Install beadboard to eliminate dull old walls and give them a new look. Here's how to install beadboard paneling to your walls.

Prepare to Install Beadboard Paneling

  1. Decide how high you want the finished beadboard paneling to extend.

  2. Figure out how much paneling you are going to need for your job.

  3. Purchase the beadboard paneling and allow it to sit in the room where you are going to install it for 48 hours. This is necessary so that the paneling can contract or expand as needed based on the climate.

  4. Finish the paneling, trim and molding with stain or polyurethane, or a combination of both, before you put it on the walls.

  5. Allow the beadboard to dry thoroughly before installing it onto the walls.

  6. Draw a level line around the entire room, at the height of the top of the bead board, using a level. This is the point where all of the beadboard paneling will line up.

  7. Cut the beadboard paneling to the desired height.

Install Beadboard Paneling

  1. Place the first board in one of the corners of the room and apply the paneling adhesive in a zigzag pattern over the entire back of the board.

  2. Square that piece of paneling to the line that you drew earlier, and secure it to the wall by hammering paneling nails into the studs.

  3. Repeat this step, working from corner to corner around the entire room. If a thinner width of paneling is needed to finish a corner, lay the good side of the board face down and cut to the desired width using a circular saw and a guide.

  4. Install the beadboard molding trim at the top of the paneling and attach the baseboard trim to the beadboard paneling with paneling nails.

  5. Use paneling nails to attach all of the corner moldings.

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