You’ve already seen our really ugly wallpapered master closet and while it may be bigger now, we had a long way to go to make it look better. To start, we decided get our DIY on and hang beadboard everywhere. So here’s the scoop on how to install beadboard on walls and ceilings (or even weird angled closet walls).
The process isn’t too difficult and it was totally worth it to us to have a fresh, clean closet. Here’s where our walls started:
There just was no way for us to take off all that wallpaper (trust me, I tried). I think it isn’t really wallpaper but is some sort of ancient wall covering that was was attached to wood with something akin to industrial glue. It wasn’t coming off. So we embraced the beadboard look that we already have in our family bathroom and in another closet.
To get started on any beadboard project, here’s what you’ll need:
4’x8′ sheets of beadboard (ours was from Home Depot)
- trim pieces (if necessary)
- nail gun + nails
- construction adhesive (liquid nails)
- sandpaper or sanding block
- caulk and wood fill
Our closet is a funny shape so we decided to put our beadboard up one wall, across our ceiling, and down the sloped wall on the opposite side so that if you are standing in the doorway to the closet, looking toward the window, the beadboard (shown in red) would go on the walls like this:
We kept the window wall bead-board free (I mean, we didn’t want it looking like a fun-house or anything). So while this room is a weird shape, the same principles apply for installing sheets of beadboard to any wall and ceiling. Here’s how you do it.
1. Measure. I measured every area surface that I was going to beadboard and then calculated my cuts based on the 4’x8′ sheets of beadboard. I wimped out and instead of using my b-day gift table saw for the first time, I just had my friendly Home Depot helper cut the sheets to my specs.
2. Hang your beadboard. Even before hanging, it’s best to test fit your beadboard. Assuming your cuts are accurate, start on one side of your room and attach the sheet of beadboard to the wall with construction adhesive on the back (in a squiggly shape) and then with lots of nails. Use a level to get your first sheet straight and the rest will follow. Each sheet of beadboard should butt up together very tightly – you’ll need to really use your muscles to hold the sheets together while nailing it (did that sentence sound wrong to anyone else?). It is possible to do it on your own (I did some that way) but so much easier to have a second set of hands (again, really awkward language here).
3. Add Trim. Our walls were all wonky so we used trim to make sure that everything looked nice and neat where the walls met the ceiling. Again, bust out your nail gun for this.
4. Fill and Caulk and Sand. You want your beadboard to look seamless, so fill every single hole with wood filler. Then sand to make it smooth. Then caulk every seam. And caulk where your trim meets your beadboard. Here’s a progression of a seam and nail holes to show how it looks:
5. Paint. I used a 6″ roller to just roll the entire thing with white paint. I would have liked a brushed look better but hell, it’s a closet, and I’m in the middle of our kitchen reno so a little rolling saved a lot of time.
And that’s really it! The biggest challenge is hoisting up those sheets of beadboard but once you’ve done that, the rest is pretty smooth sailing. And now it just looks so much better – not that that’s saying a lot considering where we started.
Okay, next I’ll share our organization and storage solutions for this really awkward-shaped closet. I feel another Ikea hack coming on…
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