Beadboard Wallpaper Wainscoting

4 Materials
2 Hours

Beadboard wallpaper is the perfect solution to completely transform any room or project. It is quicker, easier, and much cheaper than traditional bead board slats or paneling. Plus, I think you are going to like it more than the real thing!

For additional information, check out my full tutorial on how I created this wainscoting wall treatment using beadboard wallpaper.

Here's a look at the before of this project. The walls, like many others in this house were painted a lovely shade of periwinkle. I'm not even sure what is going on with that ceiling paint situation, but I resolved that when I scraped the popcorn ceilings.

Before installing the wallpaper, go ahead and paint any part of the wall that won't be covered. For me, this meant painting the ceiling and top half of the wall. It's much easier to do this before you hang the wallpaper and saves you from cutting in around the wallpaper later on.

You can see I also removed the vanity and the tank from the toilet to make these areas more easily accessible. 

When determining the height of your wall treatment, keep in mind the "rule of thirds."

For more on what I mean by this, check out the detailed tutorial on my blog.

Then, using a level, make a line around the room where the top of your wallpaper should start. This will make hanging it super simple.

This wallpaper cutting station came in super handy for cutting multiple strips exactly the same length without measuring each one. If you don't have a ridiculously oversized kitchen island, just measure and cut with scissors or a utility knife.

First, activate your adhesive... Doesn't that sound so fancy? Yeah, it just means dunk the whole strip of wall paper that you just cut into the sink.

Once your strip has been thoroughly dampened, you'll want to bookend the strip and let it sit for about five minutes. This allows the glue to fully activate.

Take your moistened wallpaper strip and place it onto the wall, starting at the line you drew previously. Smooth with your hands as you work your way down the strip.

While the wallpaper is still wet, it is easy to manipulate the placement by pushing it one way or the other just with your hands. 

Be sure to check straightness with a level after each panel. Even the slightest amount of tilt will appear worse as you go along the wall. Since the beadboard lines are vertical, it will be really easy to tell if they are leaning.

Once you get it where you want it, use the scraper in the wallpaper smoothing kit to gently brush out any air bubbles. I say gently, but some really took some time to get worked all the way out. 

Repeat this process (cut, activate, hang) to each piece until you have worked all the way around the room.

I replaced all of the baseboards in the room, and hung trim around the top of the wallpaper as well. I did obviously have to use power tools for this step, but I did it while there was a football game on, and therefore, no husbands in the garage.

Then, my top secret trick to getting the perfectly seamless beadboard wall treatment... CAULK. Run a bead of caulk in all of the vertical seams where the wallpaper strips meet, and wipe off any excess with a damp finger. Do the same anywhere the beadboard wallpaper meets the baseboards, trim, or any other molding.

Then, to finish everything off, I gave everything two coats of paint in the color 7069 Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams. This is my favorite "black" color. It's actually a super rich, super dark grey. Or, as my Tyler would say "black."

Even if you're planning on keeping the timeless look of white bead board, be sure to finish everything off with a coat of paint. The wallpaper by itself has a slightly squishy texture, and the paint helps to firm it up a bit and give it the look of real, authentic beadboard. 


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  • Pash Christina Morelli Pash Christina Morelli on Dec 11, 2020

    Hi, firstly I absolutey love the change you made here. Simple, but classy. 😍

    But...I'm actually curious as to the true colour of this, as it changes dramatically in the picures and different lighting. Is it dark like a grey, or lighter. Ty. ☺

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    • Pash Christina Morelli Pash Christina Morelli on Dec 14, 2020

      Ty. I should have been clearer. I meant the wallpaper. 😉🙂😍😍😎🤗🤗