I’m FINALLY ready to reveal the bead board treatment we did last week in the upstairs bathroom. It took us awhile to compete all the finishing work (painting, new outlet covers, etc…). So before I show you the after, let’s take a look at the before.
This is a miter box. It costs about $8 at a home improvement store. You don’t need a fancy miter saw to install chair rail, and this box makes it easy. Visualization of how the pieces fit together can be a little complicated, but you’ll get the hang of it. Fortunately the hubbs did most of the sawing, but I’m confident if left to my own devices I would have figured it out.
Once we cut the pieces, we installed them by using a liquid nails adhesive and small brads.
I spackled all the holes, and we proceeded to the paneling. Now I thought bead board would be an easy intro into wall treatments because I’ve used it before in the kitchen. It turned out to be a little more difficult than I expected because of all the obstacles. We had to cut around the window, wall unit, mirror, vanity, etc…
Huge props to my super handy hubby, who despite trying to hide from me…
It looks pretty nice already, but you can’t see the nail holes and smudges in this picture. My goal was to paint the paneling AND trim to create a bright white cohesive look. But before painting, I caulked around every edge. I like to use the caulk in the squeezable tube because I find I have better control than if I use a caulk gun.
Now is a good time for the DIY pledge. Repeat after me: caulk is my friend, it will hide imperfections and make me look like a pro. If I do not use it in wet areas, I will end up with mold. And mold is bad.
After the caulk set overnight, I carefully rolled slapped up a few coats of Glidden’s off-the-shelf eggshell white, and here’s the finished bathroom:
So, what do you think? I’m really pleased with the results. It’s not perfect of course, but it’s definitely an improvement on our boring builder grade bathroom. Next I think I’ll tackle some board and batten!