Paintable beadboard wallpaper--on the ceiling!

farmhouseboundDecember 31, 2008

I posted a while back about any tips for putting paintable beadboard wallpaper on ceiling and found I was about to be the guinea pig. I told my SIL that all I wanted for Christmas from her was two days for her to help me. Well, let me tell you, two folks is not enough--definitely have to have three and four was even better (my DH and nephew helped out). We decided to start in the new add-on in the den before going on to the kitchen and breakfast room. We have real beadboard up on the ceiling (and walls) in the old part of the house and were trying to match without the expense. Painting it comes next, but other than a few spots (which DH is convinced only I will see), I think it came out pretty good--what do y'all think? (The old beadboard is on the left, the new is on the right--we still have to caulk the old.)

Here is a link that might be useful:

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homersmom

I think it looks fabulous! I used what looks to be the same wallpaper on my kitchen island. It's been one year and is still holding up well.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 9:49AM
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sc-irish

What a wonderfully creative way to get it all to "flow"! And, you have GOT to love you SIL (and the boys) for helping you achieve your goal. What a great gift she gave you. Looks great!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 11:48AM
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madeyna

So four people ,is that trick? I attempted to put up the tin look ceiling tile wallpaper on my ceiling my self and it was a disaster. Yours looks great. Thanks for posting the pic. its giving my incentive to try again only this time with help.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 12:13PM
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moonkat99

!!!FABULOUS!!!!

You're giving me ideas..... ):-p

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 12:21PM
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fancypants2008

Wow! I have never heard of this wallpaper. It looks like the real thing! What a great idea to pull the room together.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 12:40PM
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reno_fan

That looks amazing! You'd have to look really, really hard to determine if it was real or not!

I didn't even know they made that wallpaper.....now my gears are turning!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 1:11PM
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patches_02

Looks great! Where did you find wallpaper like that?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 1:18PM
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dilly_dally

Thanks for sharing the results. It looks fantastic. I've been tossing the idea around of using it in my home and everyone keeps telling me it will look like crap and to just get real bead board. Your results look fantastic. My plan is to use it on the walls and put up a chair rail in the breakfast nook.

I've seen it at Menards and it looks nice and thick with deep grooves in it. Was it tricky to put up? Now after seeing yours I am fantasizing about doing the ceiling just for fun.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 2:43PM
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moonkat99

I want to get a sample of it to try on my looks-like-crap office ceiling. Which looks like crap because it's t&g wood; roof is directly above it, probably as old as the house (c. 100 yrs) & really showing its age.

This is only thing I've seen that might be a viable aesthetic solution, IF it will look decent after installing it over an uneven surface.

So add me to those who would like to know which brand you used & where you got it!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 2:57PM
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caminnc

Dang, that look GOOD!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 3:16PM
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teacats

Brillant project! Looks wonderful!

Well done to the whole team! LOL! :)

Jan

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 3:21PM
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house_vixen

That looks great! And may be an idea I can sell Mr Vix on since he's not keen to do real beadboard on our tall sloped bathroom ceiling....

We don't have a Menards here; can you share the manufacturer?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 4:39PM
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madeyna

Lowes carries it as well.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 4:56PM
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brutuses

It looks great and this is closing the door after the horse got out the barn, but did you consider using PVC wainscoting? I'm asking because it would have been easier to handle. I can't imagine trying to put paper on a ceiling. Applause for you!!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 5:14PM
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oakleyok

I'm installing a lot of beadboard right now and I have to say, you did an amazing job. Putting the paper on the ceiling was a brilliant idea!

I'm also a wallpaper kind of girl. :)

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 5:28PM
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farmhousebound

Thanks everyone for the comments! It's nice to actually be able to give back on this forum after gaining so much myself. The paper is from grahambrown.com. I think there are other places that sell it but these folks were great in getting it to me quickly and I will be ordering more now that we know it will work to put in the new part of the kitchen and breakfast/keeping room. Believe it or not, SIL has volunteered to come back to help finish up (LOL)!

When I first was looking for at a local wallpaper store they told me Lowe's used to carry but not sure now--when I went to Lowe's was told they no longer carry (in fact, ours around here don't carry any wallpaper). When I inquired of grahambrown as to any tips for putting on ceiling was told: prime, use the unpasted version, and use heavy duty paste. Directions were very simple: put paste on, book for 5 minutes, put up. What made a little more difficult is were were doing these in 13' strips to go completely across the room. Also meant I had and will have a lot of waste as these come in double rolls 33' long allowing me to get 2 strips per roll with 7' left over. SIL is contemplating doing her bathroom w/ some of the leftover.

Just a couple of observations: I know I have seen this wallpaper used on one of these forums in the bathroom and would like to hear back regarding how it has held up on the walls so I can let SIL know. I say this because we found we had to be careful not to push too hard with a finger or scrape a fingernail across because the vinyl would "dent". Haven't had a chance to look closely to see if these have come out, though. When putting paste on, make sure you don't get any dirt--the smallest grain will show when you start to smooth down. Will try to add more when we get around to painting.

moonkat--the rest of the farmhouse (built around 1935-36) is t&g walls and ceilings and we would have loved to have put up the same in the add-on but was too cost prohibitive for us. The beadboard in the old part of the house has separated quite a bit over the years due to past renters heating with a wood stove and not bringing in any humidity. I talked to local expert for any advice on caulking and he advised using a product called "MH Ready Patch" (professional formula spackling and patching compound). Well, we have done two rooms (LR &DR) walls and ceiling and love the way they came out. Would highly recommend trying before tearing down your old t&g ceiling.

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moonkat99

farmhouse - thanks so much for the info. It sounds like I would need to create a REALLY smooth surface for optimal results.

Are you saying that you were going for, and achieved, a smooth surface with the MH product? I've patched & sanded & painted & patched & sanded this ceiling more than I care to think about, but I'm certainly willing to try a product that really works! I've managed to patch & sand all of the other surfaces in this house so that they look, at worst, decent, but this ceiling has been a nightmare. And I just hate to put a layer of anything with any thickness on it, since it slants down to a height of 6-1/2' on the window wall - every 1/2" counts! :D

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 6:10PM
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farmhousebound

moonkat - Not sure if our situation was quite the same. Our beadboard was fairly smooth just had lots of separation between some of the t&g. DH is scraping some of the ceiling prior to painting (he does ceilings, I do walls). I am going to try and post some pics of some before and after pics of a wall and ceiling. Hope they help.


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    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 6:42PM
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farmhousebound

moonkat - sorry - haven't got this picture posting thing all figured out. The pic above is before pic of wall. Will try the rest again.

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moonkat99

farmhouse thanks. I did have a lot of the same separation & took care of most of it w/ various spackle type products, looking for much the same result as you :) My beadboard, for the most part, isn't in as good a shape as yours, but I've salvaged what I could.

The non-beaded t&g is another matter - I will try your product - the wall I've just uncovered has some issues (of course! lol), & I would love to have a good quality, easy to work with, effective wood spackle on hand!

And what beautiful work you're doing! I remember the first pic I saw of your kitchen & "new" stove in the kitchen forum - my jaw just dropped!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 7:16PM
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oceanbaby

Take a look at grahambrown.com They carry paintable wallpaper designed for walls and ceilings. Was thinking of buying their beadboard paper but have not done it yet. Also, you can request free samples. One of the samples I requested was similar to a tin ceiling. Beautiful.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 2:16PM
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madeyna

Our Lowes has a very large selection of the textured paintable wall paper. It covers ruff walls really well I will try to post some before pics tomarrow. The paper gets stronger after it has been painted and totally dried. I think kids could pick at it though .Mine has been up for 5 years and its is still as good as new but my kids aren,t to hard on walls just carpets.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 11:06PM
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moonkat99

madeyna I would love to see your before pics - if they're as uneven as this ceiling, & you got good coverage, then I have hope!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 12:19AM
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oceanna

Holy smokes, it looks fabulous!

I'm a bit sad, but not surprised to learn it took four people ... is that four people all on ladders at the same time?

I'm thinking this might be a wonderful solution to when we scrape off those popcorn ceilings, and don't know where to go from there. Does your ceiling have to be perfect for this to work? Or would it cover some flaws?

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madeyna
here is the pre\-textured paper wall.
    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 7:05AM
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newdawn1895

Looks really good, job well done. I have beadboard all over my house too, ceilings and walls.

I bet your ceilings are real high too, are they? If so, I can see how it would take four people.

.....Jane

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 9:09AM
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madeyna

If covers holes and creavises really well put not anything protruding out . I think if I had a surface with things poking out away from the wall I would just take some ruff sandpaper on my elec.sander and knock it off that way.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 1:43PM
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nanny2a

Wow, that's impressive, and you sure could have fooled me! It's giving me all sorts of ideas, too!! After spending four afternoons to steam and strip horrible wallpaper off my bedrooms walls, I "swore" I'd never hang another inch of wallpaper again!! Problem is, I love bead board and we already have it in several rooms of our house. I truly wanted to have it beneath the chair rail in our bedroom, but didn't want to go through the expense, time, disruption and labor to install it there.

I had already decided, once the wallpaper was removed showing the off white wall beneath the chair rail, that the blue that I wanted to see in this yellow room needed to be introduced into accessories, pillows and other accents, but not as paint on the walls. The yellow and creamy-white just looks too soothing to try to alter. This would be an easy alternative to get what I always wanted in the first place....now all I need to do is convince DH, lol!

Just two days ago I told him that if I ever mentioned the word "wallpaper" again, to hit me over the head or hide the car keys, but, dang, that sure looks good!!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 5:52PM
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oceanna

Thanks, Madeyna. I'll remember that.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 6:37PM
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moonkat99

Thanks for the feedback madeyna :) I've ordered a sample, & will check local places. My old t&g ceiling may be too warped, but I'm thinking that, IF the wallpaper 'boards' match the width of my ceiling boards, I just might be able to fake it.

It would be heaven to have a decent looking ceiling in here w/o losing any inches of space!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 8:08PM
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laurenk88_pa

I'm not sure how I missed this thread, but I used paintable beadboard wall paper in my kitchen. I really like it. I'm not home or I'd post a pic.

I was not able to get it through Lowes, they said they no longer carried it. I found it online.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 3:24PM
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zipdee

That turned out fantastic, it looks wonderful !! How's you're kitchen going?

    Bookmark   January 6, 2009 at 6:51PM
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farmhousebound

zipdee--kitchen is going s-l-o-w-l-y as we are working throughout the renovation, not just on the kitchen. I thought we were going to get the pantry done enough over the holidays that I could post some pics but ran into a snag there as well. Maybe after this coming weekend (had to go back to work after the holidays so now back to just weekends for working on the house). I have ordered some more beadboard wallpaper since the den turned out so well and my SIL and I will start on the new part of the kitchen ceiling once it arrives. DH will also be starting on the trim around windows/baseboard/crown as soon as it arrives (back-ordered). We will get there at some point. Thanks for the compliment on the ceiling!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 10:06AM
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2ajsmama

Wow, looks great! I can't believe it's wallpaper - it looks like the real thing. What kind of paint do you use on it? I'm trying to figure out something for kitchen backsplash (and eventually MBA walls), even the beadboard "panels" (not strips) at HD are too $$$, but wallpaper would work. Lauren - did you use gloss or semigloss over it in your kitchen? How does it stand up to water and scrubbing?

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laurenk88_pa

Hey there,

I believe I used semi-gloss, but will check at home. It wipes ok, but I haven't actually "scrubbed" it. The wallpaper hasn't had any real water contact yet...knock on wood!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 1:18PM
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eastcoaster_2009

Just wondering - how did the beadboard wallpaper hold up on the ceiling? Also - did you find that the shipping charges were a lot since the paper is coming from the UK?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2009 at 2:37PM
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1956gritsgal

I just saw that there is a Martha Stewart paintable beadboard wallpaper at Home Depot

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technicolor

Bought mine at Lowes. They have 2 slightly different styles. I have never had a problem wallpapering, but when mentioning this was going on the ceiling the kids had a fit. They have no use for worrying about my being on a ladder and definitely no interest helping with wallpaper. Something needs to be done though as my kitchen ceiling was not finished off well. Someone is going to be climbing a ladder regardless. Tough to get old when you know it can be done.

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newhomebuilder

Your ceilings are amazing!

I saw a thread about this wallpaper last year. I thought about using it in my kitchen, but chickened out. Now I am even more impressed with the product. I went to Lowe's website and see the there are two types. Most of the reviews are 4-5* and everyone seems pleased. The Roth and Allen seems to be the way to go for a more realistic look and it's $10 less and more per roll than the grahambrown.com site.

I have decided to go ahead and paper my backsplash with this paper and paint it the color of the walls, with a bit of semi-gloss paint. Eggshell is on the walls. However, I need opinions.

Below are a few photos of the areas under my cabinets. As you can see, the wall area over the desk doesn't have a stopping point. Is it going to look funny to have the paper stop there? Also, the cabinet ends do not line up with the granite backsplash. One more photo to come. Sorry for hijacking the thread.

This post was edited by newhomebuilder on Fri, Nov 15, 13 at 15:29

    Bookmark   November 15, 2013 at 3:24PM
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newhomebuilder

On the other 2 walls, do I wrap the paper around to end at the front of the cabinet edges (near where the white outlet is, or just do the back of the walls?

    Bookmark   November 15, 2013 at 3:28PM
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SheeshareeII

Hi Newhomebuilder!
FWIW, I have the Grahambrown bb wallpaper and used it on the inset part of the doors on my laundry room cabinets. I think it looks very realistic. I saw some bb paper at Lowes before and didn't care for it. I'm not sure what brand it was though. I can take a photo for you if you'd like. It's very thick and was easy to apply.

I think it will look good under your cabinets.

I would take the paper out to the edge of your countertop and use a thin piece of trim along the top, bottom, and sides.

Here are some photos. (see link)
I actually can't find the pictures I'm looking for right now. She used real bb but you can see the trim. I wouldn't take the bb up as high as she did and would only take it a few inches above the cabinets.

I'm in the middle of planning a kitchen facelift and bb wallpaper is still on my mind too.

Here is a link that might be useful: bb thriftydecorchic

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newhomebuilder

Hmmm...I didn't like that at all. The white BB did not seem to go with her kitchen. I certainly did not like it climbing the walls. Now I am second guessing again about that look in my kitchen, although mine would be painted the Decatur Buff. I will have to go look at a friends house. She has a newly remodeled kitchen with white cabinets and white BB. I'll see where her BB ends. Thanks for the link.

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marti8a

farmhousebound, your ceiling looks great. We're doing tongue and groove planks and it's been a bear. Do you have to paint it or can you just leave it white?

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SheeshareeII

Newhomebuilder - Oh, I'd go with your original idea of painting it the wall color. I think it would add some nice texture.

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farmhousebound

Not usually in this forum but was told that this thread had been resurrected--can't believe it's been almost 5 years! The paper probably could have been left white but would not have matched the trim (BM Mayonaise) and I really wanted that. I also saw where someone posted that after painting the paper strengthens over time. Ours has held up beautifully and am really happy that I found as it definitely makes the new house flow into the old portion. Most folks still can't believe it's wallpaper :)

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 10:58AM
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forboystoo

Newhomebuilder~ I first did the Roth and Allen paper 3 years ago and I am now redoing it all in Graham and Brown.
Now,they may be making the R&A better ...but... once you put it on and roll
it then paint there is practically NO grooves that make-up the beadboard effect.
Before you go forward with the R&A brand get a sample of the G&B.
I think it's like 3.00 for a sample.
I can also send you a sample.(email me)
I bought up all that G&B had when they said that they were going to discontinue the pre-pasted .They didn't !!

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newhomebuilder

Oh my goodness! I had not even noticed this was an old thread. Was it SPAM that resurrected the thread? I see that person 1956gritsgal joined in September. Odd to suddenly post that the MS wallpaper can be found at HD. Hmmmm

farmhousebound - It is good to know that your wallpaper is holding strong after 5 years, especially after being painted. I was afraid that the heavy paint would pull the paper down.

forboystoo - Thank you for that information. I checked out G&B site and they had a special 25% off and $5 shipping for orders under $50. I only needed one roll. My order total came to $23.75 including shipping. No tax for some reason. I would have paid more at Lowe's with the TN tax being so high. :)

My DH says "no" to wrapping the paper around the wall to the front of the cabinets, so this paper will go on the back of the backsplash, only. I have some leftover trim from another job that I can hang and paint where the cabinet stops on an open wall. He also wants to stop it at the cabinet, so will end an inch back from the end of the granite backsplash. I think it will be fine and probably look better then sticking a tiny bit of trim up top.

Here's one more photo of another corner. I am glad that this thread was resurrected!

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lov_mkitchenIOWA zone 6b

I used the paintable wallpaper, too. I would do it again.

Here is a link that might be useful:

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forboystoo

Lov_mkitchen ~
Beautiful..........You did a really great job !!
I've really got to get to work..
Love the design. (might have to steal it)
You've got me thinking about my bathroom ceilings !!!

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newhomebuilder

Beautiful work on your ceiling!

I was Googling Paintable Beadboard Backsplash and found the following. In photo #10 down, the writer shows a close-up of the seam. It's right in the middle of a board. Should I try to spackle and smooth out that line before painting?

Now I am second guessing if I bought enough paper. The G&B site said 32.8 ft. I was thinking linear feet. After reading this article and seeing that the Lowe's paper is 56 sq ft, I realize that the G&B paper roll must be in sq ft, also. That's not enough, is it? Not sure how to measure for it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Paintable Beadboard Backsplash

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 1:18PM
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patty_cakes

It's amazing how realistic it looks! I ordered the Graham&Brown off ebay and have used it on the back wall of a couple of cabinets I have in my antique booth. Great for coving up cracks as well as deceiving anything that might be slightly crooked.

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lov_mkitchenIOWA zone 6b

newhomebuilder, no!! For sure don't "fix" it! I don't know why her seam is so noticeable. Possibly because of the direction she was standing to take the picture. Use your finger or your cloth that you are using to wipe your paper to go right down the seam, making sure it's flat against the wall. Don't press to hard on the ribs or you'll squish them. And be sure your seams are butted well. The paper might shrink that much as is shown in her picture. Mine didn't. Possibly the paper got stretched when she put it up. Possibly one strip or the other didn't book long enough or too much. Hard to say but I would not do anything to fix it if it happens to you.

Wallpaper is measured in square feet unless specified it's linear. A single roll is 32 square feet and priced in single rolls but comes in a double roll: twice the price.

I used the "tin" paper on my bathroom ceiling. My old house is far from square and I ended up cutting the tin squares into 2 or 3 tins in order to make it match; my ceiling was off that much. The kitchen probably was too, but with the 1x4 trim it wasn't noticeable. I took farmhousbound's advice back in the day and didn't try to do the bead board in one long stip. I had to do it alone and I knew from her experience I couldn't do it.

One look I do not care for is granite and bead board. The two would never have been used in real life at the same time.

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technicolor

Agree that the seam should not have a gap in it. This can happen when not enough glue is on edges or mismatching. Make sure when you are laying on the paper that you push outward on the seams for the glue to gather there. Wallpaper is usually a bit stretchable and the seams can be set together without being seen.

Wallpapering such a small vertical area would be easy to try with a roll, take note of the process, results, etc.. And easy to remove if it looked too fake...oops...faux.

Also, as said, wallpaper in past was sold in double rolls and the sq. ft. is listed for coverage, not linear ft. I can't remember if the coverage is noted depending upon a pattern repeat or not. With beadboard there would not be a pattern repeat.

The only issue with this paper is what Lov mentioned. The paper is a raised foam material, laying down and rubbing horizontal could show after the fact. Am wondering though if it bounces back to original pattern. There are many textures offered in this foam product and haven't heard of anyone having problems with it. Or if the wallpapering process is the same as for smooth.

I think the paper also needs wood trim wherever it stops for a nice finish. Even where the wallpaper and counter meet. You wouldn't have to worry about a perfect cut, let the trim cover it. Plus a thin line of caulk to seal bottom and top. Specifically if used near water. On the blog I noticed they had not painted the undersides of the cupboards.

Would be interested in hearing from those using this if it is the same wallpaper process...I always used a damp towel to go over for good attachment and smooth finish. With a flat plastic edger on the seams to push glue for better adhesion. The resilience for long term use....Will it retain shape if cleaned off in the future too. As much as I like beadboard, there is an ongoing need to keep clean in the crevices. And how workable the glue is. And how to finish the underside of cabinets.

For a backsplash I feel staying with wood is a better option. Ceilings wouldn't have the water exposure, furniture and walls less abuse. Although I did get a fleeting idea of doing the side of my fridge to match the wood wall finish. Easy to remove if it looked stupid.

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madeyna

I think with the beadboard paper I would change the seam to a intented area rather than in a board. I think its there just because thats were the edge happend to land on the pattern.

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lov_mkitchenIOWA zone 6b

The edge of the paper is where it is for a reason. That's the match. The match being where it is makes each bead the same distance from each other. I think one narrower board every 20 inches would be noticeable. It would be impossible to make a match in the crevice of the bead; the bead would end up flat. I always use a damp hand towel to smooth paper but for this I used the long flat brush and then carefully wiped any glue off the right side. When the seams meet it doesn't show. Always hang it the same direction. Up or Down but NOT Up AND Down. And buy the premixed paste; use a paint roller to paste the paper. Just be careful when butting the seams that you don't press so hard that the paper stretches. Be sure to follow the booking directions. Disclosure: I would rather paper than paint so of course I think you should do it!

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SheeshareeII

The R+A bb paper is prepasted.

I cut mine with scissors but also needed an exacto knife for different areas. Razor blades would work better if you needed to make a bunch of different cuts and change them often.

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