Beadboard wallpaper Graham & Brown

Get The Beadboard Look For Less

How to get a fantastic beadboard look for your walls without hard labour or a super high price.

Beadboard wallpaper Graham & Brown


THE LOOK FOR LESS | As much as I try to squeeze it in, my sunny dream cottage by the sea just won’t fit my budget.  But the fresh, cottagelike look of a bright wainscoted room can be achieved without using high-end, labour-intensive classic tongue and groove boards.

Looking for a cheery solution for finishing a basement room, I chose floor-to-ceiling beadboard panels painted pure white for a room-heightening, room-lightening wall treatment. The four-by-eight-foot panels are easy to install with basic tools and DIY skills, and are spiffy finished with a wooden cap and baseboard moldings. The panels, available at home centres and lumberyards, come in ecofriendly MDF sheets or real wood.

Beadboard Wallpaper Graham & BrownAfter my sparkling success in the once-dingy basement, I knew that beadboard would wow in my light-filled, vintage bathroom. The small room was challenged with tight corners so the four-by-eight panels were not the most practical choice. Then I discovered budget-friendly Wall Doctor beadboard wallpaper. The paper is embossed with grooves in a beadboard pattern and is prepasted and paintable.

The heavy-duty wallpaper was also an affordable fix for our cracked and wavy walls. I hung the paper below the chair rail halfway up the wall and then painted the whole room with white mildew-resistant kitchen and bathroom paint, and so far no one knows they’re faux.

After the transformation, I could almost hear the ocean. —Terri Brandmueller

 Wall Doctor is available online through at Home Depot. Visit And click here for a beadboard wallpaper tutorial.

Photos:  Graham & Brown

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  1. Cathy Barzo
    Cathy Barzo says:

    What perfect timing for this information. I was thinking of using beadboard at my Dad’s house. The wall paper may be a much better option – less expensive and perhaps even better for resale. I’m so glad you wrote this piece!

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