Installing Beadboard Wallpaper

(Updated 2.3.22)

Installing Beadboard Wallpaper

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The powder room is 90% done and it's lovely!

Let's start with the wallpaper....This wallpaper is awesome! And nobody's paying me to say that! 😊

I wanted to put bead board up in the powder room, but one, I'm cheap and two, I want beautiful results the easiest way possible.

It's #2 that sold me on the wallpaper. You see, I'd have to remove the sink from the wall and disconnect all the pipes, and let's not forget the toilet...

Uhhh, No.... I didn't want to go that route. So, when I saw that I could get the same look without all the work! You can find this wallpaper on Amazon for about $25 a roll, here's the link. Paintable Beadboard Wallpaper

I picked up 2 rolls at Lowes. (When they had it in stock, you can still order it.) Oh, I did I mention that this is paintable wallpaper which makes it PERFECT!!

Here are some of the supplies I used.

Beadboard wallpaper supplies

Now, I've NEVER EVER worked with wallpaper. I don't think you can imagine the intimidation I was feeling! I watched videos, read the directions a million times, and let's not forget I probably procrastinated for a week or so....I finally jumped in with both feet.

The very first thing I did was roll wallpaper primer on the walls.

Wallpaper Primer

Then after it dried, I rolled the wallpaper out and began measuring. I thought I had it measured out all correctly.... but.... we'll discuss that later.

The wallpaper was really easy to work with.

Cutting the beadboard wallpaper

I used hubby's carpenter square, drew the line and cut with scissors. Easy.

Then I rolled it up with the paste side out. Dipped it in my wash tub and let it unroll. I left it in there for about 30 seconds.

Then pulled it out and laid it paste side up on an old plastic table cloth and rolled the paste side with a small paint roller I dipped in water.

Rolling water on the paste side of the wallpaper

I did that just to spread the water and help activate the adhesive. Then I waited 5 minutes.

Putting it up on the wall was the easy part.

I used this little tool to smooth it out.

Spatula to smooth out bubbles

I spent some time on it getting all the bubbles out. I kept worrying that I was pushing out too much of the adhesive. Because, I'd use the tool to push out the bubbles and globs of paste would come out that I'd have to wipe up. But it seems like it's all worked out fine.

I had to figure out how to go around the sink, pipes and toilet. It helped to "make a template" to cut the wall paper.

Using a template to cut around pipes and sink

I was so nervous it was going to be a flop, but it wasn't. It actually worked out great!

When it came to the pipes underneath, that was a little more trying.

Cutting wallpaper fro pipes

I would measure, mark, cut then check. After about 10 times of getting under the sink, I got it. 👍

Omg!!!!!....loving it!!!

Beadboard wallpaper is complete

So, next I put up the trim. I just picked up something simple at Lowes.

I love using our nail gun. It's so much fun to use, but I swear every time the air compressors starts up I jump right out of my skin!! (Now I have a cordless one that I love!! Cordless Nail Gun)

Lining up trim on beadboard wallpaper

I made marks where the trim would go, but I used the level just to make sure we were right on the right track.

Trim complete

So, I got that up pretty quick. Of course, you do realize that I did NOT cut ANY of the trim pieces. Hubby is awesome with all those numbers and angles. I don't have the patience or enough spare trim for the mistakes I would have made. (I've learned so much since 2013! Today, I would easily make these cuts!!)

Now, I think you might be observing my little measuring mistake....You see I figured the trim was going to hit either the light switch or the outlet. Turns out I probably could have squeezed it in between the two and I think it would've looked better than it does. Oh, well, it's all done now. I think I'm going to have hubby add a piece of trim on the bottom of the light switch to complete it. (Which he did!)

This Patch Plus Primer is amazing!! Seriously. It doesn't have the flash back under paint. 

Spackling and primer in one

The fact that it has primer in it makes it so awesome. It saves a whole step of priming.  I will be using this from now on! Remember, it's the little things....

This is before.

Lining up corners before spackle


Corner spackled

Sanded and painted.

Sanded and painted corner

Nice right?!

Now, before I painted I ran a line of caulk on the top and bottom of the trim.

Caulking top of trim

I also caulked at the baseboard.

caulking along the baseboard

Then, I painted the wallpaper with two coats of semi gloss paint. It's the same color as the stripes and all of the trim in the house.

Beadboard wallpaper and trim complete

I had it custom color matched, which makes it super easy to blend with the door frames!

Installing Beadboard Wallpaper

As you can tell, I am not an expert at this. But, hey not too bad for my first time at it. At least I won't be so intimidated next time...

Here is the bathroom from the front door.

Powder Room Finished

You can see that I finished the mirror too! You can see the tutorial on that at How To Make A Custom Tiled Mirror.

And if you want to see the whole makeover, Powder Room Before and After.

Also... This little powder room got another makeover in 2018. Farmhouse Powder Room.

Farmhouse Powder Room Makeover


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