How to get a fantastic beadboard look for your walls without hard labour or a super high price.
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.
After 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
Photos: Graham & Brown