Our makeover of the Guest Bedroom continues! After deciding upon a plan and then painting our room, we went forth with installing the showstopper in the room: the beadboard accent wall! We love beadboard and have already installed it on the back of our kitchen island to great effect and popularity! But we liked it so much in our kitchen that we decided that the beadboard needed a sequel….so why not the guest bedroom? Since we had one wall in particular that was such a bold color (Glidden’s Spiced Gingerbread if you’re curious), we also thought it would be a good idea to temper all of that bold color with something very classic, crisp, and clean, so we felt beadboard would be the perfect solution! I also loved the idea of incorporating what is known in the Craftsman style as a “plate rail”. It’s actually very similar to a chair rail, except it’s raised higher on the wall (about two-thirds of the way up the wall)so that you can display (duh!) plates and other trinkets! Typically they’re put in dining rooms, but I just had an inkling that putting it in a bedroom would look tres-chic! Kind of like the inspiration photo below:
So we decided to do just that! Only instead of a knotty pine finish, we decided to paint the beadboard white and instead of putting it all around the room, we’d take inspiration from the photo above (and others on the internet) and simply do it on one wall. Hence, our Guest Bedroom looked a little unfinished once we finished painting last week:
Hey, no sense in wasting paint if we’re just going to cover it, right? And since we knew we were also going to install crown molding and replace the baseboards, it allowed us to skip that pesky step of taping! UGH!
Now if you’re looking for a step-by-step tutorial on how to install beadboard, fortunately, we’ve already tackled that! You can check out this link to go see the process. And honestly, once you’ve tackled installing beadboard once, it’s actually pretty intuitive and fun to install, so you’ll get the beadboard fever and want to install it everywhere! Trust me, it just looks too damn good not to! But word to the wise….it is pretty time-consuming, which explains why so few builders will put it in their homes nowadays. But the polish it brings is just top-notch!
One difference between the kitchen beadboard project and the bedroom beadboard is that we had to “cap it off” as in the photo at the top of this post to create the plate rail. We took two equal-sized MDF planks (about 1×3) to create a shelf. But before we hung that on the wall, we used a dado blade on our table saw to create a little “channel” on the back side of one of the pieces of MDF so that it would overhang the beadboard and cover up any rough edges, like so:
(we ended up having to use two pieces of MDF set end-to-end, so the photo above just shows you a little bit of a behind-the-scenes action before it was entirely installed). After we installed the “rail”, we simply set the other MDF plank on top of that to create a little mini shelf:
…and while the above shelf looks very professional and pretty, we wanted to take it up a notch, so we purchased about the smallest piece of crown molding you can buy and installed it underneath for a more polished effect:
…and then all we had to do was paint, paint, paint….oh, and, yes, MORE PAINT!
Fortunately, the type of beadboard we purchase comes pre-primed, which is helpful. But as you can see, it gets filthy dirty while you’re installing it, so don’t bother painting it before you install it. We had to use hammers, knees, grubby hands and dirty shoes (there may or may not have been some kicking involved) in order to install those suckers on the wall. But the effect just simply can’t be beat….
Oh, you’ll just have to hold your horses for the final reveal….