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I love beadboard. We’ve used it in a number of room renovations around the house including the bathroom, master bedroom and upstairs hallway. It’s a relatively quick way to cover a multitude of evils. And the end result is a nicely finished wall.

Beadboard has been around for centuries. Called wainscoting, it was originally applied to the lower part of an interior wall. In the kitchen, it protected the walls from food preparation, in the bathroom from water damage, and in hallways from traffic.

In 18th century New England, wainscoting was used in conjunction with plaster walls for finishing the front rooms. Boards were run horizontally and cap molding mounted on top for a chair rail. When millwork became more available via machine production in the 19th century, boards were installed vertically.

We used the 8ft high beadboard paneling in the first floor bathroom and upstairs hallway. Although there was a lot of cutting and fitting, the panels covered the wall surfaces pretty quickly and provided a more attractive finish than plain sheetrock.

In the master bedroom, we recycled tongue and groove cedar slats from an old porch and mounted them below the windows. Painted and framed with molding at the floor and below the window sill, these old cedar boards cleaned up well and provide an added visual interest to the room.


So next time you have a scuffed up wall or one that’s pockmarked with holes, consider mounting beadboard for a relatively quick job with a great finished look. 

text and photos by Ann D. Travers

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Comments / Discussion

  1. Classof65
    I've always loved bead-board. Its clean, fresh look has always appealed to me and I'd love seeing even more applications. It's not just for beach houses anymore and I plan to install it in my hallway and in my bathroom. Thanks for reinforcing my inspiration!
    March 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Permalink
  2. editor
    classof65 - let us know when you get to beadboarding your house! We'd love to see some photos. Maybe even a before and after?? Thanks for visiting.
    March 31, 2011 at 8:31 am | Permalink
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