How to Remove Beadboard Paneling

  • 2 hours
  • Beginner
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What You'll Need
Alcohol-based solvent
Stanley knife

As beneficial as beadboard paneling can be to add functional decoration to your home, you may also find it useful to know how to remove it in case you want to change the design accent to a room. By following a few simple steps, you will find that the task is not as daunting as it may seem.

Step 1 – Turn off Power

Depending on the extent of the beadboard paneling that has been fitted, you may find yourself needing to remove it from around a wall socket. With this in mind, turn off the power supply before beginning any work. Test whether the power is off by plugging in an appliance and making sure that it does not turn on.

Step 2 – Examine Panels

There are several different types of beadboard paneling available which means there will be different methods of removal. Begin by examining the panels to see whether you can determine the best course of action to remove it. Many varieties will comprise a trim at the top, bottom, or both which will need to be removed first. Further, this examination will enable you to work how the panels are attached to the wall as some versions use a tongue and groove method while others require an adhesive. Examine the area around the power outlets and the point where the paneling reaches the end of a wall.

Step 3 – Prepare

If it is necessary to do so, carefully unscrew the covers for the power outlets and set the screws aside so that they can be found again later. At this stage, you can also check all the borders of the panels to undertake any required work. If it was installed using adhesives, carefully and gently run a Stanley knife along the edges of the panels to cut away the glue. Alternatively, apply some solvent with a paintbrush to loosen the glue.

Step 4 – Remove Trim

If the trim makes up a separate part of the beadboard paneling, this should be removed first. Work a thin prybar between the panel and the trim at one end to pry it from its holding. Once you have dislodged a small section, move the prybar along while pulling it out of place along the length of the trim until it is completely removed.

Step 5 – Remove Panels

With the trims no longer in place, it should be easier to remove the beadboard paneling. Beginning at one of the edges and depending on the amount of space available, work a prybar into the gap between the panel and the wall to pull them apart. When you are able, grip the panels and pull them away by hand. When you reach the section where the outlet covers were fitted, thread them through the opening before pulling the panels away. Once all the paneling has been removed, you will be in a position to rectify the wall if it is necessary.