As soon as I saw Rhoda’s beadboard wallpaper project over at Southern Hospitality, I knew I wanted to try it out on something. Years ago, we installed real beadboard paneling wainscot in our master bathroom. It looks great, but it was So. Much. Work. Rhoda got such great results adding bead board wallpaper to her cabinets, I decided to give it a try in my hall bathroom redo.
It really was an easy project. The hardest thing was waiting for my online order to arrive. I couldn’t find it locally, so I had to order mine online. This Graham and Brown textured paintable wallpaper is available from Amazon.com and Home Depot.
I used a pencil to mark the length of my pieces using a Carpenter’s Square. This really helped me make accurate 90 degree cuts. The paper is very easy to handle and cuts easily with normal scissors.
After cutting my pieces, I just followed the directions on the package. The paper is prepasted, so it needed to be immersed in water for 30 seconds, and then folded paste side to paste side (booking) for 5 minutes. Then, I lined up the top edge of my paper along my level line and smoothed it out. I kept going, piece after piece until I was done. Because the paper was thick, it was very easy to handle. I’ve hung wallpaper before and this was a breeze. It has to dry for at least 24 hours before painting. It took the paint beautifully. I accidentally deleted my in progress photos, but here is the finished product after painting and installing the trim.
It looks so clean and elegant compared to my old faux finished paint job. It looks especially nice next to my recently revamped vanity above.
Beadboard wallpaper was definitely a worthwhile and easy way to add some class to my bathroom. It was much easier than installing wood wainscoting panels.