How to Finish Beadboard Pine Planks

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Beadboard is paneling with routed detail. Beadboard pine planks add an eye-catching dimensional design element to a room. Finish beadboard pine planks with either paint or stain so they correspond well with your decor. Proper preparation of the wood creates a beautiful finished project. Take your time with the preparation for the best results with your finished beadboard pine planks.

Things You'll Need

  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Primer (for painting)
  • Paint (for painting)
  • Paintbrush (for painting/sealing)
  • Steel wool (for staining/sealing)
  • Stain (for staining)
  • Disposable cloths (for staining)
  • Sealant (for staining/sealing)

Prepare

  • Sand the entire front and back surface of each beadboard plank with 120-grit sandpaper. Fold the sand paper and use the crease in the grooves. Work in the direction of the wood grain.

  • Repeat with 220-grit sandpaper. If sealing or staining, repeat with steel wool.

  • Remove all dust from sanding by wiping the entire front and back surface of each piece of beadboard plank with a tack cloth.

Painting, Staining and Sealing

  • Place beadboard planks with the grooved, or front, side down on a flat work surface.

  • If painting, apply a coat of primer to the back of the beadboard planks with a paintbrush. Paint in the direction of the grain. Dry completely according to the directions on the primer label. After the primer has dried, turn the beadboard planks over and apply primer to the front. Priming both sides prevents the board from warping from the moisture in the primer. In addition, priming both sides of the wood protects the back from moisture for a longer-lasting installation.

  • Apply one or two coats of paint to the front of the beadboard planks with a paintbrush. Paint in the direction of the grain. Dry completely according to the directions on the paint label before installation.

  • If staining, apply stain to the back of the beadboard planks with a disposable cloth, working in the direction of the grain. Dry completely according to the directions on the stain label. After the stain has dried, turn the beadboard planks over and apply stain to the front. Staining both sides prevents the board from warping from the moisture in the stain. Follow staining with a sealant.

  • If sealing stained or unstained wood, apply at least two coats of sealant to the back of the beadboard planks with a high-quality paintbrush. Work in the direction of the grain. Dry completely according to the directions on the sealant label. After the primer has dried, turn the beadboard planks over and apply sealant to the front. Sealing both sides prevents the board from warping from the moisture in the sealant, since stain does not seal the wood and prevent penetration of moisture. In addition, sealing both sides of the wood protects the back from moisture for a longer-lasting installation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase a high-quality paintbrush for the best results when painting and sealing.
  • Apply primer, paint, stain and sealant in a well-ventilated area. Read and follow all precautions printed on the product label.

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