What you’ll need:

  •  Circular Saw (or table saw)
  •  Nail gun
  •  Nails
  •  Carpenter’s glue
  •  Beadboard
  •  Molding
  •  Baseboards
  •  Power drill
  •  Utility knife
  •  Level
  •  Crowbar
  •  Paint

Installing beadboard, also referred to as wainscoting, is a great way to add a little decorative flare to a room, but it also helps protect walls in high traffic areas, such as hallways or pantries. Although installing beadboard may seem like a daunting task, it’s a fairly straightforward process that the average DIYer can knock out in a few hours. Here are seven easy steps on how to install beadboard in your home.

Step 1 – Measurements

Take careful measurements of the walls so that you know how much beadboard to purchase. These measurements will also be helpful when you purchase molding. Start by determining how high you want the beadboard to rest. A good starting place is anywhere between 32 and 36 inches. Remember to leave some room for the upper molding trim.

Step 2 – Remove the Baseboard

Removing the baseboard will help ensure a level install for the beadboard. Using a utility knife, score the top of your old baseboard to help separate it from the wall. A small crowbar works great at prying baseboards loose, though you want to be careful if you plan on reusing them. If you are using new baseboards, some companies make them with special notches in the back where the beadboard can easily rest.

Step 3 – Cut the Beadboard

Cutting the beadboard is easily the most challenging part of this project. Start by cutting beadboard for larger sections of the wall. Depending on how you plan on finishing the beadboard, you may want to hide the seams by cutting the ends at an angle. Inside corners should be cut at 45-degree angles. Don’t worry about the outside corners as these will be covered by molding strips.

Step 4 – Making Cut-Outs

You will need to make cut-outs if the beadboard runs across any phone jacks, electrical outlets, or plumbing. Start by measuring the location of the obstruction and transfer those measurements to the beadboard. A jigsaw blade is great for making these cuts, but you need to first drill out a hole inside the area that will be cut. The drill bit should be larger than the blade of the jigsaw. Once the hole is made, insert the jigsaw and carefully cut the material to fit around the obstacle.


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