Installing Beadboard Wallpaper

January 21, 2010
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 and Home Depot.

First, I determined how high I wanted my beadboard.  Then, I pilfered borrowed my husband’s laser level and marked a level line across the wall.   
 level line  level line

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.
trimming the wallpaper
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.  

Finished beadboard wallpaper  
finished beadboard wallpaper
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.

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  1. Looking good! I have installed a lot of the real thing in beach condos and our home...maybe I should give the wallpaper a try!


  2. Swoon, I love it. I wonder if hubby would let me try, He hates wallpaper. We have had to strip it off of most every room in our last two houses and they were not properly primed. Glad to hear you can paint ove it. I keep you posted.

    Cha Cha

  3. That looks really nice, Carolyn! It's always nice to hear what people think of something, too. Glad this was not a big "to do" to hang.

  4. That is so crazy that I came across this posting! I bought some beadboard wallpaper last weekend at HD and I was going to try it over the weekend. I was a little nervous about doing it myself, but it looks easy and beautiful! Thanks for the post now I feel a little more confident!

  5. That's absolutely gorgeous!! It's so classy!

  6. Hi, Carolyn, thanks for letting me know about your project! It looks fantastic, you did a great job. I love how easy it is to work with and handle. I'm going to add some to our masterbath water closet too with a chairrail. Yours is beautiful!

    I'm now selling the beadboard wallpaper in my online shop, so if anyone needs to order more, please come by & shop with me. Cost is competitive with Home Depot's pricing!

  7. Looks great! I wish I would've known there was bead board wall paper before we did our bath remodel!

  8. It looks great! I am in love with that wallpaper but I have yet to discover a source over here in Europe.

  9. It looks great! I picked up a roll at our Home Depot for $20 (Canadian). I'm redoing my hobby room and added the wallpaper to my second hand cabinets. I still have lots left on the roll too.

  10. what an amazing idea! I am a sucker for beadboard and for Home Depot and to think. I didn't even know that this existed! Wow. This is a must-do!!!

  11. Congratulations on tackling such a big project! Great job!

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  12. I keep thinking I'll do this somewhere in my house. Thanks for the reminder ;-)

  13. stopping by from Sits!! looks fantastic!!!!

  14. I love it!!! I've seen it in Home Depot, but now that I know it's so easy...hmmmm!!! *idea*!!!

  15. Its wallpaper??!!! Love it!!!

  16. This looks AWESOME! I love this stuff! It is such a great way to update and you did just that!

    LOVE it!

    Lou Cinda

  17. I love how it turned out. I've got to do this in our bath downstairs. I already have the wainscoting up and now just need the paper.

  18. um, I just went to Amazon to check out ordering this. I LOVE it! you did a fabulous job- shocker. :)

  19. Hi Carolyn there ... job well done !! It looks gorgeous and is such a great addition to your newly revamped bathroom !! I'm going to be doing the same to my "toilette" room ... bought the paper the other day ... now to just get started. Curious though ... was it hard to install behind your toilet? I can't wait to attempt to do this !! Take care, Becca (Adventures in Decorating)

  20. Oh girl, your project turned out beautiful! Thanks so much for inspiring me!!!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D


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