Wallpaper is not just for walls anymore!
Bead board wallpaper must certainly be the hottest trend in decorating projects right now and if it is, it most probably was single-handedly started by Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality when she used it on the exposed ends of her kitchen cabinets.
Within a day or two of Rhoda’s tutorial post (or maybe it was within just HOURS), HomeDepot.com sold out of it! I told Rhoda I could just imagine the Home Depot warehouse employees who fill the on-line orders shaking their heads and asking each other, “What the heck caused the huge, sudden demand for that bead board wallpaper?”
Rhoda is now so graciously hosting a Bead Board Wallpaper Party so we can all share the various ways we have used it.
First, before I show you what I did with it, let me say, if you haven’t tried it, the Graham & Brown (Super Fresco) bead board wallpaper from HomeDepot.com is fantastic. It looks like the real deal and has actual texture and grooves like wood bead board. The wallpaper is already pre-pasted and extremely easy to work with. I didn’t even have to use caulk between the seams because the pieces went together so nicely.
I had a set of old, tired, out-dated bedroom furniture and I wanted to use the bead board wallpaper to give it a fresher, coastal cottage look.
The three drawers on the left are how the dresser looked “before.” The three drawers on the right are after I applied the bead board wallpaper to the center sections of the drawers and added new brushed silver drawer pulls.
With a little bit of the wallpaper, the lattice design on the top of the dresser mirror went from this…
I also used the wallpaper on the corner hutch and desk chair that goes with this furniture set, as well as the exposed sides of the pieces. If you would like to see photos of how the other furniture pieces came out, you can go here.
Next, I used the bead board wallpaper for a couple little bathroom projects.
Several years ago, my husband installed real bead board in our bathroom. I’ve mentioned how my husband hates carpentry work so I wish I had known about this look alike wallpaper then because it would have saved
him us a lot of grief.
Anyway, there was one awkward 5 inch section of wall between the bathtub and walk-in shower that seemed too narrow to apply the real stuff. We felt that only a very small piece of the real bead board would end up being exposed once trim molding was put on to hide the raw vertical edges. Therefore, Hubby just applied the same horizontal molding that was on all the other walls and then I painted the lower section white in a lame attempt to avoid drawing too much attention to the fact that little section of wall didn’t have bead board on it.
This is how that narrow section of wall looks now with the bead board wallpaper applied to it. I don’t think anyone would immediately realize it’s not real bead board, do you?
There is a removable panel on the front of our whirlpool bathtub to allow for access to the motor and plumbing. I’m not sure there is really anything that would truly improve the looks of it, short of building a false front, but I applied the wallpaper to the panel anyway.