Asked on Feb 09, 2016

Painting bead board

by Wanday
Does anyone know if bead board paneling (like you buy in sheets at big box stores) can be painted? I want to use it in a kitchen as a backsplash. If possible, what type of paint? Primer first? Washable? Durable???
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  • Charlotte Charlotte on Feb 09, 2016
    I painted my bead board ceiling in a bathroom and love it.

    • Wanday Wanday on Feb 09, 2016
      @Charlotte This will be in a kitchen (backsplash). What type of paint did you use? Primer first? Also, washable?

  • Semi gloss for a backsplash. A good primer for paneling is what you'll need especially since this will be surface cleaned a lot. Good luck!

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    • Wanday Wanday on Feb 09, 2016
      @The Garden Frog with C Renee THank you!! Thank you! THank you! You are a well of KNOWLEDGE!! Wrote all down!! Armed with knowledge and brand names!! I think Im se!! LOL WIll let you know!!

  • Diann Diann on Feb 09, 2016
    use good primer and work it into the seams. I would use a gloss if your using it as a backsplash as it will be cleaned a lot

    • Wanday Wanday on Feb 09, 2016
      @Thank You Diann! That is a VERY good idea Re: seams! I hadn't thought of those! I will DEFINITELY a gloss!!

  • Charlotte Charlotte on Feb 09, 2016
    Primed with Zinzer and painted with white Glidden semi-gloss. Yes, I have wiped mine down. Made the bead board so elegant looking.

    • Wanday Wanday on Feb 09, 2016
      @Thank You Charlotte! Yes, I want white (hope not a mistake) and for sure a gloss! Thank you, Charlotte!!

  • Chrystel Blosser Wells Chrystel Blosser Wells on Feb 10, 2016
    We had the glossy kind in a basement bedroom - if yours is glossy, be sure to use a good deglosser before priming.

    • Wanday Wanday on Feb 10, 2016
      @Chrystel Blosser Wells Chrystel, can you recommend a GREAT deglosser? Mine glossy!

  • Karen leslie Karen leslie on Feb 11, 2016
    Yes, it can certainly be painted as mentioned above! One word of caution-use a roller or better yet a brush that does not leave lint behind. The sheets of beadboard can sometimes be a little rough and will grab fuzzies off the roller which really show up with any type of satin or gloss paint. I learned the hard way and had to sand most of a small room to get them off!

  • Karen leslie Karen leslie on Feb 13, 2016
    Sorry, I don't have the package anymore to look up brand. Ask at a PAINT store (not big box store) for their suggestion. You will pay more-but the end result will be worth it! Even using a high end roller cover or brush-I would still suggest sanding lightly between finish coats and using a vacuum and tack cloth to remove dust/lint before recoating. Your backsplash will likely be well lit with undercounter lights, etc and will show imperfections readily. I am sure you know that you can reuse roller covers by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap between coats. Some of the higher end covers also say that they can be rinsed out (like a brush) and reused for another project. I have never tried that!We bought our beadboard plywood sheets at Lowes for $19.99 per sheet. Here is a photo (in progress) of how we used them in a closet/dressing room. Best wishes for your project!

    • Wanday Wanday on Feb 13, 2016
      @karen leslie Exactly where I purchased mine, Lowes. So you know just what I have/dealing with. Thank you so, so much!! We have a Sherwin Williams and that is exactly where I am headed Monday morning for supplies!! Will they know sandpaper grit strength? Thank you so much!! This is completely doable (with some elbow grease)! ha

  • Colleen Colleen on Feb 14, 2016
    You've already received many helpful suggestions so the only thing I will add is my experience.... beadboard is SUPER durable so you should not regret the install. I have it as wainscot throughout our main floor, painted white, and can't believe the kicking it can take. Highly scrub-able (with a good quality paint) and highly resistant to all kinds of abuse. Even in our small entryway, it still looks fantastic. I would have had to patch and repaint drywall many times over otherwise.