Step 1

decide on height for beadboard

Strike a Line Across Wall

After deciding on the height you want the beadboard, strike a level line across the wall. Measure for the first piece along the side wall.

Pro Tip

Paneling needs to be acclimated to the location where it will be installed for at least 24 to 48 hours prior to the installation.

Step 2

cut beadboard and add adhesive

Cut Beadboard and Add Adhesive

Cut the beadboard (paneling) using a circular saw and add some construction adhesive to the back.

Step 3

Align and Secure Beadboard

Place the beadboard on the wall, making sure to align it up with the guide.
Secure the beadboard paneling by using a brad nailer and nailing the corners and edges. This will hold the board in place, and the trim at the top and bottom will hide the nails.

Pro Tip

During the installation of most paneling, a gap of 1/16" should be left between panels to allow for expansion during periods of increased humidity.

Step 4

Measure and Mark for Holes

The next piece of beadboard goes on the sink wall. Measure and mark for the holes for the drains and supply lines.

Step 5

drill out holes in beadboard

Drill Holes

Drill out the holes using hole-saw attachments on the drill.

Step 6

Attach Beadboard

Place the beadboard up through the drain pipes and supply lines, and attach it the same as before with a brad nailer.

Step 7

Install Beadboard Around Room

Measure and cut the rest of the beadboard pieces and install, working your way around the room.

Step 8

install chair railing along top of beadboard

Install Chair Railing

Cut the chair railing with a miter saw and install it along the top of the beadboard. The baseboard goes on the same way as the chair railing.

Pro Tip

If you're looking for a good alternative to wood molding, consider medium-density fiber board (MDF). It won't warp or splinter, and it come pre-primed and ready to paint.

Step 9

Fill Holes with Caulk

Finish off the trim by filling in the exposed nail holes and any spaces that aren't perfectly aligned with caulking.

Step 10

Apply Drywall Compound

The final step is to apply one more coat of drywall compound to the wall, and since it's quick-set, you'll need to work fast. Sand any rough spots and apply the second coat of mud "lighter" than the first.