How to Attach a Bathroom Beadboard to a Baseboard

What You'll Need
Table saw
Tape measure
Small pry bar
4x8-foot bathroom beadboard panels
Caulking gun
Construction adhesive
Silicone caulk
Stain or paint
Stud finder

Bathroom beadboard is used to break up the monotony of the wall. Bathroom beadboard is essentially the same as wainscoting but does not always have a lip on the top like traditional wainscoting. Installing bathroom beadboard to a room that has a baseboard can be tricky, but the following article will show you how.

Step 1 – Notch the Trim

The baseboard needs to be flush against the wall, but the bathroom beadboard should have its bottom hidden. To do this, you will need to carefully create a notch in the baseboard trim that the bathroom beadboard will sit in. Remove the baseboard with the small pry bar by putting the edge of the pry bar between the trim and the wall. Apply a little leverage to pop the trim off the wall. Measure the length of the bathroom beadboard as well as its thickness. Turn the trim over, and transfer the length of the bathroom beadboard to it, leaving a 1/4-inch edge on the sides and 1/2-inch on the bottom. Set the router to the thickness of the bathroom beadboard and then cut the trim to scoop out the marked off area.

Step 2 – Trim the Bathroom Beadboard

Measure the back of the trim from edge to edge. Transfer the length to the bathroom beadboard. Trim the bathroom beadboard along the line. This small space between the beadboard and the wall helps to compensate for the expansion and contraction of the bathroom beadboard.

Step 3 - Install the Trim

Place the trim along the bottom of the wall. Locate the studs using the stud finder, and mark them with a faint pencil mark. Nail the trim in place on the ends. The finishing nails will secure the trim for the installation of the bathroom beadboard.

Step 4 – Install the Bathroom Beadboard

Place the bathroom beadboard on a flat surface with the back of it facing upward. Apply the construction adhesive to the back of the beadboard. Do so using a zigzag pattern. Wait a minute for the adhesive to start to cure and then lift it by the edges and carefully place the bottom edge into the gouge in the trim. Once it is seated in place, push the beadboard to the wall and apply pressure. Wipe away any adhesive that may come out of the sides or top. Nail the bathroom beadboard to the wall studs, and then place nails through the baseboard trim and the beadboard into the studs.

Step 5 – Finishing

Stain or paint the bathroom beadboard as you see fit. You may also want to touch up the baseboard trim if it does not match the color of the beadboard. You also want to prevent water from getting under the beadboard. Apply a line of silicone caulk across the top of the beadboard and the top of the trim. Use a wet finger to smooth out the silicone.