How to use Beadboard in Bathrooms

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Beadboard is a good choice for a bathroom since it's a simple way to add charm and detail to what is normally a bland, and oftentimes small, room. Beadboard adds a cottage look when hung and you can paint it to match any color scheme.

  • Install beadboard on the bottom portion of the bathroom walls to achieve a charming cottage appearance.

  • Consider applying beadboard to the ceiling to draw the eye upward. If your bathroom is small, details like this can give the illusion of space.

  • Try using beadboard that runs horizontally rather than vertically as a way to minimize the "bowling alley" look in a long, narrow bathroom.

  • Cut the beadboard sheets into equal-sized squares and apply them to the wall in a checkerboard pattern for added interest and an unusual look.

  • Give your cabinets a face lift by covering them with beadboard. It's cheaper than purchasing new cabinets and it gives your old cabinetry a fresh new look.

  • Top your beadboard with a wide mantel shelf. The shelf can hold decorative items or a basket with rolled towels for easy access.

Tips & Warnings

  • Beadboard comes in 8 x 4 foot sheets that you can secure with construction adhesive; or, you can purchase tongue and groove boards to nail to your bathroom walls.
  • Choose beadboard that's suitable for a bathroom's humid atmosphere. If you go with wood tongue and groove, finish it with a polyurethane for added protection.

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