DIY – How to install a Beadboard

To successfully installed a beadboard, carefully follow this step by step DIY approach. Its installation is easy and it makes the wall look great.

Materials and Tools:

  • Saw
  • Nailer and nails
  • Drill
  • Wood glue
  • Crowbar
  • Baseboard molding
  • Router
  • Laser level
  • Wainscoting
  • Standard level

Steps:

  • Measure and draw a layout of the room to be covered.
  • Mark the measurements on the walls.
  • Purchase molding that will be enough for the measurements of the room.
  • Setting a laser level, measure from your desired height of the beadboard down to where it will fit. All these measurements should be based on the height of the wainscoting board.
  • To know where your chair rail will sit, mark the point on the wall.
  • Take off the old baseboard. In the case where you still want to use your old baseboard, using a utility knife, score the top of it. This separates the paint from the wall and prevents it from peeling off the baseboard.
  • To pull the baseboard off the wall, use a crowbar.
  • Cut the wainscoting to fill the room and cut the panels to 45 degrees where ever the panel meets a straight portion of the wall.
  • Using a wood glue apply glue to the back of each panel. On the backside of the baseboard, slide the wainscoting on it.
  • To make sure the wainscoting is placed straight and leveled, horizontally and vertically place the standard level against the first piece of work.
  • When it is well placed, nail wainscoting to the wall if necessary.
  • Continue with the other panels until the wainscoting is well placed.
  • Mark the wainscoting and cut out holes for any cable outlets, electrical outlets or phone jack.
  • Using a drill and jigsaw drill and cut the marked area.
  • Nails and glue to fasten the chair rail molding over the wainscoting.
  • Nail and glue base molding to the wall if you are installing one for the first time.
  • Make sure the baseboard has scarf joints to hide the seams of the baseboard.

 

5 important painting tips

A popular DIY home improvement activity is interior painting. It is affordable and it is an easy way to give your room a fresh and new look. This activity does not require a special training or a very strong muscled individual. It can be achieved if you have patience and you are ready to adhere to tips given on this website. The DIY tips can be helpful to both professionals and novice.

  • Prepare the surface

To achieve a neat painting job, you first have to start by preparing the surface you want to paint. This part of painting involves you scraping, patching, sand and fill dents, crack and any imperfection on the surface. This part of the activity is no fun but it is considered to be the most important part. The reason being, no paint even of high quality will be able to hide an uneven or cracked surface.

  • Apply Primer

Primers help block stains, act as a one coat coverage and improve paint adhesion. Applying primer to our walls and ceilings is important. They are really important especially when you want to paint the wall with a darker color. Whenever you want to apply a new paint over a surface, ensure you prime the walls. Priming the wall reduces peeling and blisters. A trick which most professionals use is to use a small amount of the topcoat paint and mix it with the primer. The topcoat hides the primed surface, this is the reason why it is a most valuable trick used by professionals.

  • Use canvas drop cloths instead of plastic

Plastic coverings for floors to protect against paint spatters are more affordable than canvas covers. Canvas coverings are mostly recommended because the material is durable and rip resistant. It protects one from tripping and lays flat. Plastic covers which are slippery when paint spatters on them, do not absorb paint drips but canvas covers do absorb paint drips. Canvas drop cloths are easily flooded and are washed and used when needed. Plastic covers, on the other hand, are disposed of after first use.

  • Get an Extension Pole

An extension pole is needed for your paint roller. These poles come in a different dimension. Get an 18 to 36-inch pole, this type of extension pole can be used to paint rooms with tall ceilings. Do not get plastic poles as they are flexible and hard to control.

  • Use a Paint Grid

Instead of using a tray, use a paint grid as this method is neater, better and faster. When painting rolls the paint from the paint bucket using the paint grid. A paint grid is rectangular in shape and is usually hooked to the rim of the paint bucket.

  • Storing the paint equipment overnight

If you are not done with the painting job, there is simply approach to storing your tools so that they do not dry overnight. Instead of thoroughly washing your paint brushes and paint roller, simply wrap them in a plastic wrap. Seal out any air and double wrap them if necessary and store in the refrigerator. This sounds awkward but it keeps them fresh.