Best Beadboard Projects

DIY BeadBoard Projects for Your Home

Adding style to your home doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. If you’re a crafty DIY’er, consider learning how to install beadboard wood paneling. This low cost project will transform into a decorative accent that you can place in any room of your home! You can find it at stores like Home Depot, but before you go and stock up on material, get familiar with the different types of beadboard, and what tools you’ll need.

Different Types of Beadboard

Real Wood Beadboard:

  • Look: High-quality, wooden appearance.
  • Best for: Main rooms, hallways, and other up-close applications.
  • Cost: Greater than $1 per square foot. Pine is cheaper, Cherry is one of the most expensive at $22 per square foot.

Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF):

  • Look: Pre-primed, more uniform in appearance.
  • Best for: Can be interchangeable with real wood based on budget or preference.
  • Cost: $.80 to $1 per square foot.

Beadboard Paneling:

  • Look: Convincing from a distance, looks cheap up close.
  • Best for: Ceilings and standalone projects.
  • Cost: $.50 to $.75 per square foot.

Tools You’ll Need While Installing Beadboard

Depending on the type of project you undertake, and the type of beadboard you’re working with will determine which tools you’ll need. There are some general sets of tools to keep on hand while working with beadboard, including:

  • Wall Adhesive
  • Nail Gun
  • Tape Measure
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Finishing Nails
 Aside from tools and material, working with beadboard is fairly simple, and can be used in a variety of ways. Take a look at these examples of DIY beadboard projects for your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

Beadboard Projects for the Kitchen


Beadboard can be incorporated into the kitchen as an alternative for stone backsplash. Offering a more traditional look, white beadboard is a unique way to give your kitchen a fresh face lift.

Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands are a great place to add some beadbord. A beadboard kitchen island will drastically improve the look of a plain kitchen. Keeping a traditional look, paint the beadboard to the color of your choice and add some overhanging counter tops.

Beadboard Projects for the Bathroom

Walls and Trim

Beadboard panels can be used on your bathroom walls, enhancing your dull bathroom into a vibrant, fresh, space. Keep in mind, if you have tile on the walls of your bathroom you will need to completely remove them prior to installing the beadboard.


You may not think it’s possible, but even your bathroom ceilings can be covered with beadboard. You’ll need a step ladder and some tools, as well as an extra hand to complete this project.

Beadboard Projects for the Bedroom

Beadboard Headboards

There are a ton of ways to make a headboard from beadboard. This is one of the cheapest yet decorative projects you can DIY. Update the look of your bed with beadboard, no matter what size bed frame you have. Be sure to take down the proper measurements before starting.


We hope you’ve found these DIY beadboard projects helpful! If you’re new to DIY space, try building a beadboard headboard first, to get yourself familiarized with the material. Once you feel comfortable, you can start working on other projects. If you’re interested in starting other home improvements, you may need to rent a dumpster to tackle the mess. Call us at Dumpster Rental Inc for an affordable, easy to use dumpster rental!


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