how does bead board hold up in bathroom?

heidiaSeptember 27, 2012

I see painted beadboard walls behind sinks and tubs in catalogs all the time. Love the look. But, is it practical? How does it hold up with splashes of water? I am considering bead board behind the sinks in all the bathrooms. I can do tile, but I like the look and price of beadboard better, but, will it hold up to the water?

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    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 1:33PM
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heidia, while the current bath we just did has only had the beadboard (wider version) for just over a year now, I have had it in previous baths. The bathroom I grew up in had it. There is a difference in the quality of what you put up. If you put up the pine boards and not the thin laminate type stuff, it will last a lot longer. Also, give it some good coats of paint to seal out the water. It will last a very, very long time. Probably longer than the grout would if you put in tile.

We also bounced back and forth between tile and wood for this bath. For the look we wanted it was a LOT of tile (and more costly a lot of trim tile).

Good luck,

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 2:10PM
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Heidi - It takes a small amount of design:

1 - a good bathroom fan - preferable the humidity-activated ones

2 - seal the back and the grooves of the beadboard (not just the front) with waterproofing or paint.

3 - install with the bottom edge a half-inch off the floor so in case of a leak it won't soak up water. Baseboard will cover the gap.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 10:00AM
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