Installing Beadboard Wallpaper

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.

21 thoughts on “Installing Beadboard Wallpaper

  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 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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)

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