How to Install Beadboard in a Bathroom

What You'll Need
Circular saw
Miter saw
Goggles and Gloves
Measuring tape and Pencil
Paneling adhesive
Hammer or nail gun with nails
Paneling or finishing nails
Spackle and knife
Molding and trim
Primer and Paint

A beadboard bathroom design is a great way to add glamour to your bathroom décor while covering up a damaged drywall. Once you’ve decided what type of beadboard bathroom paneling is necessary for your bathroom, you can begin the installation process.

Step 1 - Preparing to Install Beadboard Bathroom Paneling

Once you’ve decided where you want your beadboard, you need to decide what height you want it to be. Using a level, measuring tape, and pencil, draw a level line around the perimeter of the room. This will ensure that your beadboard bathroom paneling will look great. If your bathroom is large enough, it’s helpful to leave the beadboard bathroom paneling in the bathroom for one to two days to let it adjust and shrink or expand to the conditions in your bathroom.

Step 2 - Cutting the Beadboard

Cut the beadboard bathroom paneling to the desired height using a circular saw. Then, use the circular saw to cut it into sections of four to five feet long. This way they will be manageable and easier to install. If you have a small bathroom, you can cut them to the length of the wall. Using your miter saw, cut the trim and molding to the proper dimensions. Be sure to wear protective goggles when cutting wood, and make sure the wood is on an even and sturdy surface.

Step 3 - Mounting the Beadboard

Starting in the corner of the room, line the beadboard up with the line you drew earlier. Make sure the beadboard isn’t touching the floor and that there is some space. This will allow for natural expansion and contraction of the wood. Use shims to keep the beadboard in place off the floor. In a zigzag pattern, apply paneling adhesive to the back of the beadboard. Press the beadboard bathroom paneling into place along the line and attach it to the wall with finishing nails in the top and bottom of the beadboard. Continue this process until the desired area of the bathroom is covered in beadboard.

Step 4 - Applying Trim and Hiding the Nails

Remove the shims from the bottom of the beadboard. Attach the molding and trim to the beadboard using finishing nails. Use a nail set to sink the nails into the beadboard and cover them with spackle. Wipe of the excess spackle.

Step 5 - Completing the Beadboard Bathroom Paneling

To complete your bathroom, prime the beadboard and let it dry. Once the beadboard is dry you can apply the color of paint you want. Choose a paint that is durable and can withstand high traffic.