Beadboard Wallpaper: A Thorough Review

Earlier I showed you my progress in the dining room.

I know, I know. I know what you are all thinking.

“Why on earth are you putting wallpaper UP when you’ve been spending so much time taking wallpaper down!? Haven’t you learned?”

Here’s the thing: wallpaper is easy to take down when it’s been put up properly.

I ordered my beadboard wallpaper through the blog Southern Hospitality. It was great – it arrived very quickly even though I just paid for standard shipping.

I was not sure how I was going to like the paper and was very interested to see it in person. It was much thicker than I expected. It had an almost foam-like texture. The grooves were much deeper than I expected, thus giving the beadboard quality.

I have wallpapered before, but never alone. It was actually pretty easy!

I measured and cut my first piece. (Always leave some extra. And start in the most hidden corner.)

I dunked it in my trough (Home Depot, $2) of warm water. Then I folded it over itself and let it sit for a few minutes. This activates the wallpaper paste and causes it so get very sloppy on the backside of the paper.

Note: This was pre-pasted wallpaper. I bought paste just in case, but I definitely didn’t need it.

Then I unfolded the paper and put it on the wall. The wallpaper will be very maneuverable for a few minutes. You will be able to slide it around into place with both hands. Since this has a stripe in it, I used a level to make sure each piece was put up straight.

Then I used a wallpaper scrapper (not a technical term. 99 cents at Home Depot) to adhere the paper to the wall. This is the messy part. Be sure to have lots of wet paper towels around because the glue will be coming out the ends of the paper.

Hello Wallpaper Boogers!

I usually took some extra glue with my finger and put it over the creases before I wiped it all away with a wet paper towel.

After all the excess goop was taken care of I used a seam roller (Home Depot, $2) to go over all the ends and seams to make sure it stays tight to the wall. I went over the paper with a final scrap to make sure there were no air bubbles. At this point you should get up and look at the wallpaper from different angles and distances to make sure you aren’t missing any air bubble underneath the paper.

Finally, take a metal ruler and sharp razor blade to cut off the excess paper. This can be a little difficult so do it gently so you don’t rip the piece (therefore, having to start over).

Then repeat every 34 inches!! : ) Wait 24 hours and then you can paint.

For outlets I carefully placed the paper and cut a rectangle over where the outlet was. Window molding is slightly more tricky. Just go slowly and use small cuts.

It IS possible:

I really enjoyed the process and am planning on trying it in several other places in my house!  I like it because I didn’t have to take off the molding, nor did I need to use any sort of cutting machine. (Which I don’t know how to do.)

(Still no cabinet doors. Still no corner rounds.)

I think it looks like it has always been there.

I did read that you could install door stoppers if you have a door handle swinging into the wallpaper a lot. The foam texture could take a beating and leave an imprint. Fortunately, I don’t have that problem in this room!

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Doing the whole room cost around $40 (including shipping). That is a lot less than real beadboard, and I am sure I would have made many more (and more irreversible) mistakes.

How do you feel about beadboard? How about baked beans? How do you feel about alliterations in general? Am I crazy?

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11 comments

  1. Marilyn F. says:

    Kat, I see that this was posted a few years ago. I’m considering this paper for a full bath off our hallway that get a lot of use. Have you found the paper to be durable? Any problems over time?
    Thanks so much.

    • Hi! Yes it has held up well. The only problem I’ve noticed is that due to the texture of the paper (it’s foam-like), it can indent easily if something is leaned against it. It usually goes away, but could possibly be damaged.

      • Marilyn F. says:

        Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. Do you think there would be a problem hanging artwork or installing towel bars or bathroom tissue holders on top of it? It it firm enough to be able to install those securely against wall or do you think the wallpaper would look crushed or crinkled where fixtures are secured against the wall? Thanks. It just helps to get “in person” perspective before ordering. I was going to get my through Southern Hospitality as well.

  2. Marilyn F. says:

    Kat, I see that this was posted a few years ago. I’m considering this paper for a full bath off our hallway that gets a lot of use. Have you found the paper to be durable? Any problems over time?
    Thanks so much.

  3. Elizabeth Bowman says:

    Your results are beautiful! What did you use to top the paper with? A chair rail, or is there trim you can get? Thanks! Liz

  4. Kiki says:

    I plan to do my backsplash as well, ASAP, but I’ll be going over existing tile – the regular, boring 4″ vanilla tiles. Think it’ll be ok? I have never wallpapered so I’m unfamiliar with the gripping power of wallpaper adhesive.

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