DIY Beadboard in the Entry


As promised, today I am sharing all the details on the beadboard in the entry! I brought you a preview on Monday (here), but today it is all about how we did this really simple and affordable DIY. We still can’t get over what a difference it makes in our entry. It adds so much character and gives the front of our home a custom look. If you have been flirting with the idea for a while (like we had), I hope this helps you take the leap of faith to add beadboard to your home! Guys, we love it so much that we added beadboard to our guest bathroom the weekend after we did the entry (details coming soon!).

Let me start by saying this is really easy. I especially love this DIY because any skill level can do this, really! I also have to emphasize it is a really cost-effective to bring a dramatic transformation to any wall in your home! Especially if you buy the 4′ x 8′ sheets, and have Home Depot cut them for your space. It’s amazing how far one sheet can go! There are a lot of great options and tutorials for beadboarding with wainscoting as well. We used a 4′ x 8′ sheet of beadboard for this project, so I am going to strictly stick to how we did it with the sheet. There are many methods and they all come out fabulously! With that being said, pick your wall to beadboard, and let’s take a peek at how we tackled this beauty.

What you will need:

  • 4′ x 8′ sheet of beadboard panel – ours is from Home Depot
  • Moulding for top of beadboard
  • Trim for sides – necessary for wall we chose, yours may not need this
  • Level
  • Jigsaw
  • Miter Box with Saw
  • Hammer and finishing nails or nail gun
  • Caulk and gun
  • Liquid Nails
  • Wood fill, sanding block
  • White Paint – We used Sherwin Williams Alabaster in semi-gloss
  • Paint brush
  • Wall hooks – We used these from Amazon
  1. Measure for beadboard – First things first, pick the height of your beadboard. We went with 4′ high for two reasons. One, I know the sheets at Home Depot come in 4′ x 8′, so this would give us the most bang for our buck and would require only one sheet to do this area. And two, 4′ and then with the 6″ of trim on the top, is the perfect height for our hooks to hang out of reach of the boys (for now). So that was a super simple decision. From there, I measured my exact sizes for the beadboard. Make sure you check these measurements 1,2,3 or more times. Nothing is worse than getting home and realizing your beadboard isn’t fitting your wall because the measurements are off! I highly suggest having someone at Home Depot cut the paneling for you. For ours, I first had them cut it in half so I had two 4′ x 4′ sheets. Then left the one sheet exactly as is, and had them cut the other 4′ x 4′ sheet for the rest of my long wall and my other two small walls around it. And that was it! I now had all my beadboard from one sheet for $20! It saves so much time and you head home with beadboard that is pretty much ready to go right onto your wall (besides outlet or light switch cuts).
  2. Cut in your outlets/switches and hang it – With your sheets perfectly cut, it is time to hang it.  Before applying your liquid nails, I suggest putting your freshly cut pieces on the wall and making sure it is all going to line up perfectly. Once, you see all your paneling fits on your wall as you intended the fun begins! Using a jigsaw, cut in your light switch/outlets, then you are off and running. Apply a layer of liquid nails to the back of each sheet then firmly press it against the wall. I held it in place, making sure it was level and perfectly in line with our baseboard, while my husband secured it with finishing nails. We used the good old hammer and nails method! Of course it would have gone faster with a nail gun, but ours was down and out and we didn’t need many nails because we used liquid nails. The nails are just for the first 24 hours to secure it in place, but from their liquid nails do all the strong work. Side note here – if you think you would ever want to remove the beadboard do not use liquid nails. You would need to most likely re-dry wall after you removed it. Nails would be a better option if you aren’t wanting this look forever, just make sure they go into studs.
  3. Add your moulding/trim – Next, we topped off our beadboard with a piece of moulding. I searched the whole store for a piece that would be wide enough for my hooks and not splinter when screwed into. So make sure your piece of moulding can handle your needs, or it will ruin your final outcome! Then using your miter box and saw, cut your moulding so that each piece fits together seamlessly. Apply liquid nails and top off your beadboard! We secured it with just a few finishing nails into studs. If your wall isn’t closed in, you will want to add a piece of trim or moulding to give it a finished polished look. We used just liquid nails to apply our trim. Sorry for the bad phone night pictures! But that’s when we get stuff done around here! This is after everything is hung, and before we filled, sanded, and caulked. I was a little nervous at this point, that’s why I wanted to show you these pictures, for you to see it comes together! And clearly I should have put a drop cloth down, but thankfully it was easily swept up.
  4. Fill, sand, caulk – This is where you really see your project come together. I was feeling a bit worried at this point that our seams were going to show. Well, that was silly! Fill every nail and sand. Next, caulk all your seams. Caulking is the star in this show! Once it was caulked we both were amazed at how easy and fast it all came together! For the top of the moulding, I use the blue painters tape trick. Place a piece of painters tape where the moulding meets the wall, and apply your caulk. Then remove the painters tape almost immediately, and you will have a perfect caulk line without getting it on your wall. And here it is caulked, sanded, and ready to be painted! You can also see the walls before we painted them. The new color is such an improvement right?!
  5. Paint – Using a paint brush, I applied two coats of my white paint, and it was done!
  6. Add your hooks – If you’re using hooks, once the paint dries screw them into your moulding. And that is it! Stand back and awe at your beautiful new wall for under $30 (if you have everything besides the beadboard on hand like we did!).

I know I have said it so many times but it is such an affordable, an easy way to make a huge impact. My husband was hesitant at first when I came to him with this idea, but he now admits it was one of the best things we have done to our home! I can’t wait to share the beadboard updates in our guest bathroom, I am just waiting on the right mirror to replace our old builder grade one. As always, thanks for stopping by the blog today. And if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask! 

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3 Comments

  • Amy Fennell
    July 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Hello. I love your entry way! What color paint did you use for the walls? Thanks

    • Raising Rustic
      July 4, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Hi Amy,
      Thank you so much! The wall color is Sherwin Williams Sandbar. Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Jess

  • Melissa
    September 30, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    What color is the door?

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Hi, I'm Jess. Soon to be mom of three and lover of all things decor and design. Follow along as we renovate our newly bought farmhouse one room at at time, and welcome baby #3. So happy you are here!

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