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:
- Nailer and nails
- Wood glue
- Baseboard molding
- Laser level
- Standard level
- 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.