10 DIY Projects – How to Install Beadboard and More

We have a little love affair going on with DIY beadboard. It’s been a pretty traditional design element in the past, but now it’s trendy to use in almost any style home. A tough surface that can cover flaws, add charm and give some architectural zing to any room on a pretty tight budget, this is a DIY’ers dream. Originally it was put up board by board in a tongue and groove fashion on walls, but now you can get it in 4×8 paneling. This makes much quicker work of installing beadboard. Did we mention, it’s for more than just walls? Whether you want a beadboard wainscoting in the dining room, or an amazing DIY kitchen backsplash, some farmhouse modern elements or some classical  elegance, this is the stuff. Learn how to install beadboard with these DIY projects from some of our favorite bloggers!




Brit at ‘House Updated‘ shows us how to install beadboard on the walls and ceiling. This is a full tutorial for those of you who want to make an awkward space seem like a cool little nook, like an attic or basement. Love the way it turned out!

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Got boring doors? Brittany at ‘Pretty Handy Girl‘ has you covered… or rather, has your doors covered! Find out how to add beadboard paneling to a flat door to make them look custom and vintage. This tutorial has lots of step by step photos and instruction.

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Our next project is from ‘HGTV‘. Learn how to cover dated bathroom tile with beadboard! Love this tutorial, because they have all the steps written out for you, but backed up their know how with a video. So you can’t get this wrong! Great use of an inexpensive material to remodel a small space, and white beadboard wainscoting always makes a space look fresh, clean, and larger.

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This beadboard ceiling makeover  by ‘House of Smiths‘ makes this bathroom ooze with vintage awesomeness. It looks like a Victorian farmhouse! And I love her money saving tip for what to do when you need “just a little bit more,” but don’t want to buy another sheet of beadboard, or have seams. Lot’s of tips for learning how to install beadboard no matter where you want to use it.

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These DIY beadboard stairs from ‘Prudent Projects‘ are an amazing before and after story. Go check it out for yourself. You will never again think any project is “too far gone”. Wow!

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Bargain Hoot‘ used beadboard paneling sheets to dress up an existing kitchen island. This  has a short tutorial, but they had a handyman do this. Does your handyman (or woman!) have a favorite sweet treat, that might be assembled on just such an island? Seems like a fair trade, don’t ya think?

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Want to learn how to install beadboard on the ceiling? It does come with it’s own set of challenges, and the biggest one being gravity. ‘Our Creative Life‘ has the technique down! Check out how!

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Don’t want to do construction? That’s ok… Kim from ‘Sand & Sisal‘ (love her!) brings us Brandi from ‘Brandi Sawyer’ (love her too!) and her budget DIY beadboard cabinet door makeover… wait for it….with beadboard wallpaper!  Oh, my, this kitchen! We have featured Brandi’s kitchen before, (her mason jar chandelier is the best) but this really makes this kitchen look pulled together. Find out how to do the exact same thing!


More beadboard wallpaper? Ok then, Tamara from ‘Provident Home Design‘ shares her beadboard headboard project! You can get the full plans to build the DIY headboard from Tamara, or you can just use her technique for using the wallpaper to create a beadboard look!


This last one is another DIY beadboard headboard from ‘Our Nest of 3′. Photo tutorial, but if you read into the comments, they give a cut list as well.

Ok, get to it DIY’ers! We want to see all kinds of beadboard charm, because now you know exactly how to install beadboard yourself! We think you will also love our posts on 16 DIY Headboard Projects and DIY Stair Railing Ideas!

Image Credits: House Updated , Pretty Handy Girl, House of Smiths, Prudent Projects, Bargain Hoot, Our Creative Life, Sand & Sisal, Provident Home Design, Our Nest of 3
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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.

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