Monday, September 10, 2012

That Is The Question

To beadboard or not to beadboard?  That is the question.  You can't really see it in this crappy pic I took with my phone last night, but the walls are pretty yucky-looking in here.  Not, however, as yucky-looking as they used to be...When I bought the house, this bathroom had vinyl flooring nailed to the walls about halfway up.  Light tan vinyl flooring with a brassy-looking tack strip at the top of it.  Ugly.  I guess because whoever did the walls knew they'd be nailing ugly vinyl to it, they didn't bother to tape and mud very well on the bottom half of the walls.   (If you look just to the right of Gracie Cat, who is looking askance at the paint job in progress, you can see the line in the wall where the strip used to be.)

Because of all that, I'm thinking of putting beadboard on the walls.    I need a second opinion though.  (And a third and a fourth, and so on...)  Do y'all think it would look okay?  Or do you think it would chop up the area and make it look even smaller than it already is?  The other thing I'm thinking is that the light blue turned out lighter and more baby-blue on the walls than I thought it would, so putting white beadboard in there might make it look even more like a baby's room.

So.  Beadboard?  Or no beadboard?



14 comments:

  1. There are two reasons why I probably wouldn't do beadboard myself. A) the bathroom is already tiny. Beadboard takes away even more space because it probably protrudes almost 2" into the room. B) You want this to be a temporary solution and I'm not sure if you could save the beadboard if you rip this apart again in a few years.

    Bottom line: I'd just try to mud the walls properly and paint. Or install the cheapest possible white 6x6/8x8 tiles but I know that tiling over drywall is frowned upon in the US (in Europe it's standard practice to tile over greenboard, cement backer board is only ever used for floors).

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  2. Here is a link to our bathroom re-do. I have beadboard in my tiny bath and I don't think it makes it look smaller. I went from blue paint to gold/orange and I used an antique glaze over the paint. My walls are like yours, not smooth at all, the beadboard, wallpaper boarder and antique glaze covered a lot of flaws.

    http://milahsbackporch.blogspot.com/2009/11/wrong-color-choicefor-me.html

    I'm not suggesting you change paint colors...I like the soft blue, I'm just showing you my small bath with faux beadboard.

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  3. Here's another post.

    http://milahsbackporch.blogspot.com/2008/12/bathroom-remodel.html

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  4. Milah, I remember when you painted your bathroom because I liked the gold color better too, but I'd forgotten about the beadboard. I like it. I wonder if I could put a glaze over my blue paint....hmmm....

    Karen Anne, I was wondering about Ragnar's 2" estimate as well, but now I think he means the moulding projects out that far. I was thinking of using a flatter, less chunky moulding.

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  5. As someone who has beadboard on the walls of one of the world's tiniest bathrooms, I assure you that it does NOT protrude 2 inches. (I have the panel kind, not the board by board strips but I can attest that even those aren't 2 inches thick.) We also have beadboard on the kitchen walls on the walls in the family room downstairs and are planning to add it in both bedrooms. It is a great treatment for a VINTAGE house because 1) in keeping with the age of an older home (if that is important, which to you, I would bargain it is) and 2)it covers a multitude of aged wall sins and 3)you can make it any color you want and 4)leaves you the option to put a color -- or texture with wallpaper -- above it. Oh, and it's not that expensive either. ;-)
    Do you think I'm in favor?

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  6. NV, when I wrote this post I was counting on a YES vote from you! :)

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  7. Can't wait to see what you decided on....love your blog!

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  8. I know the paint job isn't finished in the picture and that the long narrow room is hard to photograph - but the contrast between the door and the paint color really seems to chop up the room. If you use the panel kind of beadboard (since it's thinner) and paint it to match the door & trim I think it would help.

    How temporary is this fix? Do you have a definite timeframe planned for a big bathroom redo or is it likely to be years? You'll have to balance the cost of the beadboard project with how soon you may be tearing it all out.

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  9. Well, I guess the whole thing depends on how you attach the beadboard. I mentally expected 1" firring strips on top of the existing drywall plus beadboard plus moulding. If you attach sheets of "beadboard" directly to the studs you can get by with considerably less, that's true.

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  10. Cheryl, That's a good point about the door making it look "choppy". I think so too. Maybe beadboard would tie it all together. The bathroom remodel might be a winter project--at least this bathroom, which is less expensive than the other one. The bathroom will stay the same size except for the shower.

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  11. Ragnar, Yes, I guess I should've clarified--it's the beadboard sheets I'm thinking about using, not the real beadboard.

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  12. How the heck did I miss this post? Can you do the beadboard panels from floor to ceiling? That would eliminate any chopped up look and would totally work with the rest of your decor.

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