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.