Beadboard Wallpaper Party

I hope you all are ready for some fun today. Prepared to be inspired to try something new!


In case you missed my kitchen project using beadboard wallpaper, that is the one that got me hooked.   Go back and check that out if you  missed it.  After using it so successfully on the ends of my kitchen and bathroom cabinets, I was itching to try it in some other spots and this bathroom makeover seemed like the perfect place to do that.

I laid out the wallpaper in my livingroom floor and began cutting the pieces, after deciding the height I wanted the paper to come to on the wall.


And the decision was made to have the chair rail sit right on top of the light switch on this wall, so that’s where my line went.  I made the brilliant deduction that putting up the paper first would be the way to go. 🙂  Then, I would add the chair rail molding right on top of the paper.  Easy!  I bought one 8′ length of chair rail molding and cut it to fit this wall space with my mitre box.


Then, again I wet the back of the pre-pasted paper in the bathtub and let it sit for 5 minutes before applying it right to the wall.  No priming necessary.


I got all the pieces cut and hung up, being careful to cut around the light switch. IMG_6421

As I did in the kitchen, I went back with some caulking and added that in the seams to make them disappear even more.  A couple of spots on my seams seemed to dry out too fast without sticking, so I took some craft glue and swiped it down the inside edges and pressed down really good.  So, if you have that problem, just add a tiny bit of glue to the edges.  Then caulk!  After painting it all with your trim paint, it shouldn’t come up at all.


I prepainted the molding with 2 coats of my white trim paint and then hammered it in place with some finish nails.  This time I did a better job of counter sinking them and caulking to hide them.  See that tiny little wall edge to the left?  I wrapped the wallpaper around that corner too, just for continuity.


After 2 coats of trim paint on the paper and touch-ups on the molding, that was all there was to it.  Truly an easy project and I think a great way to add some architectural interest to a small room.  I thought that just this one wall was all that was needed and I really love it.


The Antique White paint really transformed this space too and I love the lighter color and feel in here.IMG_6445

And with the light switch cover back in place, it looks like a new room.


Here are a few closeups so you can see how it looks.  It really does look like the real thing, but of course, it doesn’t FEEL like the real thing.  That I can live with. IMG_6686

To  me, this is the perfect solution if you don’t want to go to the trouble of cutting real beadboard and taking out baseboards.  This is the next best thing, for a very cost-effective price.  I spent $25 on that roll of beadboard wallpaper and did my kitchen cabinet project and this one.  And I still have a little bit left for something else.  If  you didn’t see the entire makeover on this bathroom, go over to the Homegoods giveaway post to see it all.  It’s quite the transformation!  In fact, if you haven’t signed up yet, the giveaway will be on for almost a month, so don’t miss out.

I’m very happy to say that I’m now carrying the Wall Doctor Graham Brown paintable beadboard wallpaper in my online shop so click HERE to order it for yourself!  You will love this stuff! There are other versions of this wallpaper, but I can tell you the Graham Brown version is the ONLY one I would use.  The others pale in comparison.



One of my readers, Kristen, who doesn’t have a blog also used the beadboard wallpaper on her kitchen backsplash, so I’m going to share those with you here:

Beadboard Wallpaer Backsplash

Doesn’t Kristen have a beautiful kitchen? She used the beadboard wallpaper to cover a handmade tile backsplash that wasn’t her style and this was a good temporary solution until she commits to something else.  She said she’d love to use it in more spots too. BeadBoard with Plate

Thanks, Kristen for sharing your project with us too!

So, I can’t wait to see what y’all have done with beadboard wallpaper.  You know how to play:  add your link to Mr. Linky so that we can all come by and see your project too.  This is going to be fun!

  1. Be sure and add your permalink (the link to your post) and not just your blog address.
  2. Add a link back to THIS post, so that all of your friends can come over to the party too.

Let’s get inspired!

Beadboard Wallpaper party Participants

1. Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss
2. Stephanie – Master Bedroom
3. paintergal
4. melissa * 320 Sycamore (beadboard tray)
5. melissa * 320 Sycamore (beadboard cabinets)
6. Linda from ::Surroundings::
7. ~Country Lady~Ladeside bathroom and laundry room
8. A Queen in Training (beadboard alcove)
9. Donna@The Country Nest
10. Buzzings of a Queen Bee!
11. Beth@The Stories of A to Z (Rain Gutter Bookshelves)
12. Karen~Desk Refab!
13. Karen~Shelf Refab to match the desk!
14. Jen R

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- Rhoda


  1. I remember this project and LOVED it! I’d never heard of beadboard paper and think its a spectacular solution for lots of trouble areas.

    I don’t have that project going but wanted to chime in to say YES, that kitchen looks beautiful! Its great for a backspash!

    Bravo Kristin! Get a blog, girl!

  2. This makes the second time in a week that I have seen someone post about this wallpaper. I use to paper (when paper was big) but got out of it a few years ago, but this looks great. I might just have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Rhoda!!

    The bead board wallpaper has a nice, shiny quality to it and up close, was as shiny and ‘real’ looking as your trim. I love it!!

    Krisitns ‘backsplash’ is very nice. I do like her kitchen. I think you both are going to get a fanclub!


  4. The beadboard wallpaper is so fascinating. I am so impressed with how beautiful it looks in your bathroom. Your tutorial is also very easy to follow. Thanks for showcasing the kitchen also, it looks wonderful as a backspash. Hugs, Marty

  5. Rhoda, I have been looking forward to this party so much! Your bathroom and Kristen’s kitchen look absolutely awesome. When I finally re-do my kitchen, I am seriously considering using this wallpaper on the backsplash area.

  6. Looks great Rhoda! Gotta love a woman that’s not afraid to get her hands dirty! 🙂
    And that antique white is so fresh- love it!


  7. Now that is an amazing project! I hate to say this but I didn’t even know there was such a thing as beadboard wallpaper. I’m impressed!

    Kristen’s kitchen is amazing too. Love her cabinets.

  8. I don’t have any links to it, but I did the beadboard wallpaper on the sides of both sink commodes in my bathrooms. It looks like the real thing and everyone who sees it loves it. Very easy to do! My parents have already taken my leftovers from the roll for their own projects. Thanks for the fantastic tip, Rhoda!

  9. Looks great. Even if its not the real thing, it adds some subtle texture. great job.

  10. Nice job Rhoda the bathroom came out great….what a nice touch looks like the real thing !!!

    Kristen great fix in your kitchen….it looks so nice !!!

    I saw you met up with Kat….my gosh she is one busy gal huh ??? Love the pics of your beach getaway…..glad you had a nice time 🙂

    All the best,
    Kathy 🙂

  11. I am pretty impressed with the beadboard wallpaper! Give me some time to finish this class and I will be all over it!

    Have a wonderful week!

  12. I am looking for a place to use the wallpaper. You as always are an inspiration.

  13. I added my link.
    Thanks for the great idea!

  14. Rhoda, looks wonderful my friend…girl I just got me 4 rools of this stuff 2 weeks ago I want to do my laundry room and hall way with it…Can’t wait to get started but thats one of my winter projects when I can’t get out side…Thanks again for all you do my friend, May you have a great day …Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  15. Rhoda~the bathroom looks so fresh and new! That’s what I call bang for your buck~it looks great on the backsplash as well. 🙂

  16. Rhoda!! I love this too! It does look like the real thing! It is just amazing stuff!!!! I am still planning a project in my dining room, but I won’t get to it until further into fall.

    Great Job!!

    Lou Cinda

  17. Rhoda,

    Amazing! You have done a fabulous job for adding interest and texture. Have you ever tried using beadboard wallpaper on the ceiling — just like in old cottages? I am thinking of that on the kitchen ceiling. What do you think?

    Kristen did a great job on her kitchen — lovely!

    Debbykay @ Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

    Debbykay @ Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

  18. I added my post even though I’m only in the beginning stages of putting up the beadboard wallpaper, but am so inspired by all the other projects!!

  19. Your new project looks fantastic, Rhoda!
    I didn’t order my paper soon enough to join the party but you can be sure I’ll take a look at all the links and I’ll post my own project when I get to it. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  20. That looks fantastic! What brand is the paint you used? I love the kitchen too. You are both inspiring me, I think I can see that in my kitchen.

  21. Another fantastic project by you. Thank you for hosting this party. I appreciate that. You are one talented lady who inspires so many of us. You are generous in sharing your knowledge and experience. I hope this post will inspire others to expand on their creativity by using this wonderful product. Blessings Rhoda!

  22. it just looks so ‘real’!!!!!! i think i’ll have to put it in the kids’ bathroom!!! love it!!!

  23. I cannot say thank you enough for bringing this wallpaper into my life (ha ha). Your post came at the perfect moment when I was about to purchase real wood panels.

    Your projects are always an inspiration.

    PS. I had NO idea you could paint this stuff. Now I’m off to do just that.

  24. looks great rhoda! i love it! i just posted up pics of my craftroom with the makeover items that i put in there. come check it out!

  25. Now seeing the close-up pic…it really is incredible! You may switch my allegiance from a faux seagrass wallpaper I’ve got my eye on for our half bath. 🙂

  26. This is awesome!!
    It looks so real.

    thanks for all the pics and instructions.


    barbara jean

  27. Wallpaper…OVER TILE?????? Stop by my blog and tell me how…i have the most Godawful BATHROOM tile in my kitchen, i have NO IDEA what the previous owners were thinking…having the kitchen re-done is NOT in our budget..if i could wallpaper over it, i would be one happy camper!!! Thanks…great blog!

    • Caroline Conner says:

      Dear CatHerder,
      It has been 3 years since you posted this. Did you get an solution for covering over your bathroom tile? I have pepto-bismuth pink tile trimmed in blue from the early fifties. Can’t afford new tile. Would love to paint over it or “something”. I am sick, sick, sick of it. Does this mean you have multiple cats. I do.

  28. You just blow me away, chickadee! Love this!!


  29. LOVE the backsplash idea!!!! Our builder didn’t do our tile backsplash and I am just left w/ plain ole’ walls. 🙂 This is such an affordable idea!!! I think I just found a weekend project. I think I could even do this under our bar….whew…now the ideas or flowing. Thanks!

  30. Wow that looks absolutely fantastic. Need to find some of this wallpaper – you would think it would be easily available here in the UK but I haven’t seen any yet 🙁

  31. Rhoda, it’s so pretty! And I love the idea of using it as a backsplash! We are in desperate need to redo our kitchen but I haven’t decided what to do for my backsplash…this gives me a great idea!

  32. okay, I am convinced to give this product a try around the kitchen bar area where my 9 yr old likes to mark up the painted drywall with his sneakers…
    Is anyone else going to any of the Home Depot FREE “Do it Herself” workshops this Thursday evening? I found out about it on another blog (sorry can’t remember which one) and my best friend and I are both going to get some hands on practice before we tackle refinishing different cabinets in our homes, and the hubby’s are thrilled! okay, not really that thrilled. HA..
    Love your kitchen backsplash idea to cover up old tile, Kristen! I may use your idea on my plain painted wall behind my stove.
    Beautiful blog, Rhoda! Have a blessed day!

  33. Rhoda,
    I’ve been wanting to put beadboard in my powder room but I was dreading the mess of ripping out the baseboards. I’m so inspired by this post.

    Did you say you painted the wallpaper after you put it up? Or did you leave it as it came on the roll?

  34. Hi, Amy! YES! it is meant to be painted, so that just makes it look all that much more real. You paint it just like you would your trim all the same color. Give it a try! I really can’t say enough good things about it.

  35. Hi Rhoda,
    You are such an inspiration. Your house is absolutely gorgeous and I look forward to trying some of the projects you have shown us when we move into our first house next month!!! I adore the Antique White paint in your bathroom. Do you mind me asking who makes it?
    Thanks so much,

  36. I was going to post about this tomorrow, but saw you had a party going on so I had to join! Thank for your inspiration Rhoda! I love this stuff! 🙂

  37. Rhoda, thank you so much for including the pictures of my backsplash! I can’t wait to show my husband all the positive comments, because he was shaking his head at the idea of me using it as a backsplash! Of course now he really likes it.

    It was fun to see all the great ideas everyone else had.

    Thanks again Rhoda for sharing your blog with me today.


  38. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Claudia, I used the same color in my dining room earlier this spring & it is a dead-on match to Sherwin Williams Antique White. It’s a long story, but we had a bunch of left over paint from grandma’s house & I actually got a quart of the SW Antique White to try out & discovered that all that leftover paint was a dead match, so why buy more? Try out a sample quart & I think you’ll love it.

  39. Rhoda,
    For your reader’s backsplash (Kristen), did she go DIRECTLY over the tile with the wallpaper? Wouldn’t that show the grout seams? I had planned on pulling down my tile and then covering up the *probable* drywall mess with REAL beadboard panels. I would dearly love to avoid having to do that by using the beadboard wallpaper, but need an explanation as to why the grout lines won’t show. Thanks!

  40. What a great idea! It looks wonderful…and your tutorial was easy to follow. I’ve just found your blog and love it! I need lessons on how to begin one. *embarrassed smile*

    Kristen’s backsplash is beautiful…the whole kitchen is beautiful!

    Thanks ladies for sharing your homes with us.

  41. Great job!!! I wish I knew about that paper before I did my kitchen…oh well I think I must find a new place to put more! pretty pretty Miss Rhoda!

  42. I want some!!!

  43. Thank you Rhoda. I saw on your kitchen article that you said some paint was the same as SW Antique White so I pulled out a SW color deck to see it. It is just a smidge darker than the color I put on the walls yesterday, and I like it much better. I love your house; it is absolutely gorgeous!

  44. That looks great Rhoda!!! I really want to do it in my powder room but I just didn’t get a chance to do it before your party. Do you have to order it online or do they stock it at Home Depot?

    Kristen’s kitchen is adorable!

  45. No! Oh my goodness. We have a home in Vermont now that needs to be Vermont-ed up. Perfect. This goes right on my chalkboard so I don’t forget! Thank you so much.

  46. Wallpaper Backsplash Update:
    Hello. Rhoda asked me to stop by and leave a few more details about using the wallpaper over tile on my backsplash. I should have mentioned that I did line the backsplash first with a liner that comes on a roll just like wallpaper. I found it at Lowe’s in the wallpaper section. Home depot does not carry it. It is NOT prepasted, so I bought the roll-on paste. (It was right next to the liner.) Read the directions and make sure you let it set for a day or two.

    As for the wallpaper, I did find that after it dried (before painting) I needed to caulk a couple of the seams that were
    just a tad too visible for my preference. I used DryDex by Dap. It goes on pink, and when it turns white you know it is dry and ready to paint! Don’t put this stuff on too thick because you do NOT want to use sandpaper on this wallpaper, of course. Use your finger or a damp cloth to wipe off excess while it is still wet. If the seam still shows after it dries, just apply some more and wait. After your seams are smooth you are ready to paint. I painted with a combination of roller and brush. Don’t press too hard with your roller. You don’t want to have flat spots. Listen, it isn’t rocket science, just do it! You’ll love it. And if you don’t love it, chances are you will still like it better that whatever it is you covered up, so you still win!

  47. For those of you who put in your walls, did you “size” your walls before papering with the bead board wall paper? I have textured walls which have to be “sized” to give them a smooth finish before wall paper can go up. I’m curious if you just put it up over textured walls or were lucky enough to have smooth walls to begin with.

  48. I love it all, both yours and Kristen’s. Fabulous job – I’m so inspired. Must find a place to hang some beadboard wallpaper !


  49. I was looking at curtains in Lowe’s today (Northern California) & turned around to look at the other side of the aisle… lo & behold a new display of tons of pre-pasted textured wallpaper. After seeing all of the entries in your party I had been getting ready to buy the paper online (our Home Depot was not carrying it.) I immediately scooped up a roll of the beadboard & some of the ceiling tin type. Not sure if they are double rolls, but they each have 11 yards. The beadboard was ~$14 and the tin ~$17. Just read the small print on the beadboard paper & it is made by Graham & Brown!!

  50. Queen in Training emailed me about her wallpaper & here are the specs she shared, that came from Walmart:

    brand “easy wallpaper TM”

    -pattern # 17287

    -motif # 83901

    -bar code 3456517287

    It was $24.99 CAD

    I don’t think this is the same paper as Graham Brown, since the pattern # is not the same. To be sure you get the prepasted, paintable Graham Brown wallpaper, I’d buy it directly from Graham Brown OR from the Home Depot link above.

  51. Great site, how do I subscribe?

  52. Rhoda, thanks for the inspiration! I found the paper at Lowe’s for under $15. I added it to my island and want to tackle my ugly outdated bathroom cabinets next!
    Leigh Ann

  53. I was wondering how the wallpaper holds up with kids- I’ve got 5 and hate to do a project that they will destroy! I’m thinking of doing my bar area and maybe redoing my kitchen cabinets with the wallpaper. Please advise! Love your site!

  54. Wow this is awesome. I am inspired to try this beadboard wallpaper you show!

  55. Tiffany M says:

    Hi Rhoda,

    I started a project with this paper last night and I’m having trouble with it sticking to the wall. I didn’t realize I was supposed to ‘book’ it after wetting it. Could this be the problem? I really don’t feel like using paste with prepasted paper. Love what you did with it!!


  56. I’m in the middle of redoing our powder room, and this would be perfect as well as help me to stay under my thrifty budget. Thank you, Thank you , Thank you!!!

  57. Rhoda, I looked at Home Depot and Lowe’s for Beadboard Wallpaper. Don’t think it was the kind you recommend, but what I found at Lowe’s was wonderfully thick, but easily dented. That’s doesn’t seem practical for the areas I’d want to use it for, especially a kitchen backsplash or an island. Is that true of the Graham & Brown?

  58. I used it last Sept. to redo my kitchen island! LOVE it and so easy to use! check it out on my blog:

  59. I used the Graham & Brown stuff last summer for a backsplash. Superb! I just started a blog of my own and made sure to credit you as inspiration. Thanks!


    Your blog inspired me to try the bead board wall paper and boy oh boy did I get some awesome results! I love how it turned out and am already thinking of my next beadboard wall paper project! Thanks for the inspiration!

  61. Can’t stop thinking about this paper since I saw this post. I think I could do it without my husband’s help unlike the wood panels.

  62. I get so fired up seeing all the incredible projects here!

    I live in an apartment, could SOMEONE….ANYONE direct me to sites,blogs, etc. that are specifically for apartment living?



  63. I am going to order some of this beadboard wallpaper from your site, but I don’t know how to calculate how much to buy. Can you help me? Thanks!

  64. Dear Rhoda,
    I realize this post is 3 years old but I just had to write and say thank you for the inspiration. I stumbled upon your website while looking for ideas for our only bathroom. It’s the main bathroom but it’s quite small and was painted a dark salmon, peach color which made it dark and dingy, especially since there are no windows. I thought that I would have to spend thousands on upgrades to make it fresh and pretty but then I saw your post on beadboard wallpaper and decided to try it. My bathroom now looks like someone came in and designed it for me. What a difference!! My sister helped me wallpaper the lower half of two walls, we installed a chair rail, caulked the seams and along the bottom, and then I painted the paper and the rail with two coats of semi-gloss ultra white. It is stunning! And I haven’t even painted the rest of the bathroom yet, it’s still primer at this point. I’ll be doing the same to the wall in the entryway. I am so excited to start the next project. The wallpaper is so easy to install. Thank you again!

  65. I love the beadboard. I went to order 2 rolls but the cheapest shipping cost was more than 3 times the cost of the wallpaper. Did I do something wrong? Thand. I want so much to get this quality paper.

  66. How wide is each strip of beadboard? I’m thinking of using these on my cabinets but I have the beadboard paneling on the walls and I’m not sure it would look too busy. I bought some at Menards and it’s very thin paper and the stripes are much wider than my paneling. Thank you!!

    • HI, Diane, the thickest part of the strip is about 1 1/4″ wide. The smaller beads take up more space, but that’s the widest part.


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