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How to Install Beadboard & Wainscoting

3 Jun

Installing beadboard or wainscoting is an inexpensive and quick way to dress up a room! Beadboard/wainscoting is fairly cheap, however, if you are doing a large room then I can see how it can become costly. We have done both in our new house and we are happy with the results:

Shaker Style Wainscoting:

Beadboard:

They both install pretty much the same. The tools we used were:

  • Table Saw (or you can use a circular saw)
  • Jig Saw (for small cuts)
  • Miter Saw (for trim)
  • Crow Bar
  • Level
  • Nail Gun
  • Tape Measure
  • Caulk gun
  • Painting supplies

Beadboard:

Building Materials for this project:

  • Beadboard panels
  • Trim
  • Paintable caulk
  • Paint

Step-by-steps:

  1. Our baseboard has a bit of a ledge on it therefore we did not have to remove it. If your baseboard curves to the wall, then you will need to remove your baseboard first before installing the panels.
  2. Determine how high you want your beadboard to go on your wall.
  3. Once you know how high you want the beadboard to go, measure your first panel and determine your cuts! This is by far the most tricky part. Make sure you consider electrical outlets, cuts around vanities, windows, etc. We went back and forth with the table saw and jig saw for this.
  4. Once cut, place on the wall and ensure everything fits. Make sure you locate your studs. If everything looks good, put some glue on the back of it and place on the wall. Take your nail gun (if you have one) and nail a few nails into the studs. We choose to glue and nail to make sure it was flush against the wall. If you were to nail only, there is a bigger change of your panels bowing out especially if your wall isn’t completely straight.
  5. After you have installed all of your beadboard, the next step is the trim. We used the miter saw to make all of our cuts. We picked a molding that had a cap on it and I highly recommend that. Once everything is measured, leveled and in place, glue and nail those to the wall as well.
  6. Once everything is installed, take your caulk and seal up all of the joints. This is the messy part. Be patient with this step as this is key to making sure everything looks polished.
  7. Take wood filler (you could also use caulk, however, we did and I wish we hadn’t) and fill in all of your nail holes. Let that dry and sand down before painting.
  8. Last step…. paint it! You can paint it whatever color you like. We picked a crisp white in a semi-gloss since it’s in the bathroom.

Shaker Style Wainscoting:

Building Materials used for this project:

  • Plywood
  • 1×6’s
  • 1×4’s
  • Trim
  • Paintable caulk
  • Paint

Step-by-steps:

  1. Start by taking your baseboard off with a crow bar. You will be using a 1×6 in place of this.
  2. Measure everything out before you cut. You need to determine how much space you want between your stiles. You want to make sure you have the same amount of space in each box throughout the room. This is where your math skills will come in handy. Laying all of your boards out on the floor will give you a good visual.
  3. Once you know where you want everything, time to cut your plywood. If you have smooth walls, you can really skip this step. We have textured walls so it would have looked funny. Score if you have smooth walls!!!
  4. Glue and nail the plywood panels onto the wall. Tip: Make your seams where you are going to place a 1×4 over it to hide the seam!
  5. Once all of your panels are up, cut and install your 1×6 baseboard around the room. Make sure it’s level and glue and nail into place.
  6. Cut and install your 1×6 top rail next. Again, make sure it is level!
  7. Cut all of your vertical stiles and then glue and nail in place.
  8. After you basic shaker boxes are up, measure and cut all of your trim/chair rail then install!
  9. After everything is up, caulk all of your joints and fill in all of your nail holes.
  10. Once dried and sanded (nail holes that is), time to paint! Make sure to use a primer first so you don’t have to keep putting a lot of coats on.

What a difference right? You can really change the style or feel of a room with some molding. There are so many different styles of wainscoting out there and some are easier than others. I will say this…. if you aren’t the handiest person or don’t have some one that is handy nearby, this project may be a little difficult for you. The cuts are by far the most challenging aspect so you need to be comfortable with a saw and your measuring skills.

Good luck and happy wainscoting!!!

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Our Classy Coastal Master Bath

30 May

When we moved in over a year and half ago, we were just focusing on getting every wall painted (yes, every wall of the 3600 sq ft that is our house…. painted), nursery done, kitchen done, and great room… done. We weren’t focused too much on our bathroom; we just picked a paint color, hung up some new lights, bought some new rugs and towels and called it a day. I was never really a huge fan of our bathroom because it just seemed so… blah. It’s quite large but I never really felt like it was a “master bath”.

This is what the bathroom looked like when we moved in.

This is what it looked like after adding some paint and new lights.

Always looking for a DIY project because 1) it’s more fun when you put your own sweat into it (Chris’ sweat in this case) and 2a) we are on a serious budget and 2b) it’s just so much cheaper to do it yourself.

That being said, here are This Grey House’s 6 quick ways to update your bathroom!

1. Hardware:

This is the easiest thing you can do! Add some cabinet hardware and bathroom hardware (towel bars, etc) or replace existing hardware to give your bathroom a nice updated look.

2. Framed Mirrors:

Framing in your mirrors makes a world of difference! It’s a cheap way to dress up your mirror without having to replace the whole thing!

3. Beadboard:

Who doesn’t love beadboard? Wall molding/wainscoting just adds so much more of a luxurious feel and it really doesn’t cost much to do.

4. Light Fixtures:

We had those awful basic bulb light fixtures that builders love to put in every home. They do nothing for your bathroom. You can find some really nice fixtures for a good bargain at Lowes or Home Depot.

5. Painted Cabinets:

I am not a huge fan of the existing cabinet color that is in my house so I wasn’t hesitant at all to paint them. Also, adding hardware (or replacing old hardware) is a really quick and simple way to make a difference!

6. Decor:

Last but not least, add some decor! It ties everything together and is the funnest part 🙂

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Using these 6 ways, I started realize I started decorating our bathroom as soon as we moved in. We picked out new light fixtures, paint, and hardware immediately. I also bought some new towels and rugs but didn’t really have a vision in mind. About 6 months later, we framed in our bathroom mirrors. This helped immensely!! I highly recommend doing this if you have a big, boring mirror. We saved the harder projects like beadboard and painting the cabinets until now.

I hit the bargain stores for some decor items and really wasn’t sure what I was looking for. Going somewhat coastal seemed like a natural fit since we have blue walls and now white beadboard and the stuff is everywhere in the stores right now.

After spending Memorial Day Weekend and then some working on this project, we are so happy to say we are DONE!

As I said, we decorated our bathroom in stages to make it easier on ourselves (and our wallet).

Here is a rough idea on how much we spent on each project:

Beadboard: $100

Framed Mirrors: $50 for both mirrors

Cabinets (Hardware and Paint): $120

Bathroom Hardware: $60

Light Fixtures: $160

Paint (blue for walls and white for trim): $60

Towels, Rugs, and Decor: $100

That gives us a total of $650. Seems pretty steep when I write it all out but again, we took our time! We have been in this house for almost 2 years so it’s been spread out 🙂

We are so happy on how everything turned out!!


I hope you can find some inspiration to update your bathroom!

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