Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Celebrating Bead Board Wallpaper With a Party

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.

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With a little bit of the wallpaper, the lattice design on the top of the dresser mirror went from this…IMG_2462 (C&E)
to this…IMG_2488 (C&E)
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.

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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?
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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.



Hmmmm….like I said, not much will improve this.


I was really on a roll now so I moved on to the kitchen to see what I could use the  wallpaper on in there! 
It was about this time that my husband walked by and I heard him mumble, “It’s a good thing I like bead board.”    LOL. 
On the wall behind the cook top,  was a piece of white laminate that really stuck out like a sore thumb and irritated me.

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I cleaned the laminate good with a degreasing cleanser, applied the bead board wallpaper, painted it the same color as the rest of my kitchen walls and …


It doesn’t irritate me anymore!  :)

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I’m not really sure how practical  using the wallpaper in this location would be over a long period of time.  Continually scrubbing  cooking  splatters off  this area might eventually cause a good deal of wear and tear on the wallpaper but a  total kitchen remodel is  in my  future anyway…whenever  I can get it together and finally decide exactly what kind of cabinets, countertop, backsplash,  flooring etc.,  I want.    Since I already had  leftover wallpaper,  I didn’t mind trying a little of it here  as an easy short-term  fix for something that had been bothering me for a long time.
With all of the creativity that exists in Blogland, I know you will be utterly amazed at all the different ways this  bead board wallpaper has been used so please visit the other bloggers who are participating in Rhoda’s Bead Board Wallpaper Party and prepare to be inspired.



Melissa's Thoughts said...

What great ideas. Love the bathroom and I'm thinking of doing my son's bathroom like this.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Shari, I just LOVE all the ways that you have used this stuff! That furniture really was a HUGE transformation & when you showed it to me the first time, my jaw dropped. love it. And I love how you went around the house looking for other small areas to use it. That little wall in the bathroom is genius, it totally fits in with the real thing. I also have a cultured marble tub front that I'm dying to do something with, so I may end up covering it too. I was wondering how it would stick to that surface, but looks like it did.

Great job, Shari!!

Anonymous said...

Great job....Love how you did that little piece of wall in the bathroom....

All your ideas were great !!

I am going to have to look around my own house and see if I have someplace to put that stuff lol...

Rhoda has the greatest ideas doesn't she ???

All the best,
Kathy :)

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Wow! You are on a roll (no pun intended) with the wallpaper! Everything looks wonderful. I particularly love the dresser drawers! Keep on going...send me more inspiration.

Have a wonderful week!

Heidi said...

love the furniture transformations! thanks for sharing.

BLJ Graves Studio said...

Love how you have used the beadboard wallpaper. I was wondering about trying it on the front of my tub, I think I will give it a try now. :-)

Tracy Watier said...

Great idea to "think outside the wall" and put the paper on your furniture! You've transformed it!

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♥Mimi♥ said...

For Pete's sake! I've never heard of such a thing but I sure am going to look into it because I ♥ beadboard. I've been wanting to do a ceiling in my home with it and now all I may have to do is buy wallpaper!

paintergal said...

Wow! You really went to town with the wallpaper.
Each application added so much character to your spaces.
I especially like the skinny area by the tub. Cute!

Melissa said...

You have been busy with this wonderful stuff~I especially love the transformation of that dresser!!

ginacrotts.jamberrynails.net said...

I love love love that you did the tub! Very creative!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I love what you did to those drawers! I've thought of doing this to my kitchen cabinets but wondered how the wallpaper would last. Yours looks so good. Your headboard and bathtub too! Backsplash is wonderful! You've done a great job with this.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Linda Merrill said...

Great ideas all!

Marsha said...

Shari, what fantastic ways to use the wallpaper!!! Love em! You have given me some great ideas to use my leftover pieces. thanks for sharing!!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Shari this is just wonderful...loved seeing your bathroom and how it turned out beautiful my friend...I think I told you I got 4 rolls of this stuff for my laundry room and hallway...need to get started with it...it will make a good winter project for me ha ha!! Thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

~Country Lady~ said...

Great Job Shari!! Everything looks spectacular that you used it on! You are definitely on a roll and please don't stop now. How inspirational! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if you could use some sort of plexiglass behind your stove top. You be able to see the bead board, but wipe it clean also.

I love all your projects! Do they have this at HD store/ or is it just online?

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

ANONYMOUS: Don't know if it is true but I have heard that some HD stores still carry wallpaper and if the stores in your area do, you might be able to buy it directly from the store. However, the HD in my area quit carrying wallpaper 2 or 3 years ago so I had to order from the HD website.

Mary said...

Oh,my, Shari...what you've done with this beadboard paper is unbelievable! I am still just dreaming about it...went to HD and Lowe's to find it, but they hadn't heard of it. Now I know which one to order and where...I have so many places I can use it, but you've given me even more ideas! Love what you've done...you have a beautiful, beautiful home, and you are so creative! I would love to be standing right in the middle of your rooms to take it all in at once!

God bless - take care!

Jenny said...

Great transformations! I like the dresser!

Ren said...

Wow! Fantastic changes. I especially like the dresser transformation. Thanks for sharing.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

You are definitely the bead board wallpapering queen. I bow to you. Great transformations.

Gayle said...

Shari, you get the prize sweetie!
You are so creative, and you have the energy of a 18 year old!!!
I bet you zoom around that gorgeous home of yours like a little bitty tornado!! :0)
Your bathroom looks beautiful!! I also love the rope trim you used with the other cap trim. Just perfect!! I bet you go in there and just look around with a big smile on your face.
Love love love all the great ways you used the wallpaper.
Such inspiration and ideas.
Thanks for sharing them with us!

Gayle said...

"an" 18 year old, I meant. Yikes. lol

Anna Whiston-Donaldson said...

I love all of these awesome ideas! Your dresser is my favorite.

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

I trying to get a head start on White Wednesday but nobody's up yet. I looked at yours and, How cool! I'm going to get some, I have some cubboard that need it badly.


Cindy said...

Shari, it all looks so wonderful!!!! I just went to order some and it's sold out again!! I really want to do my powder room!!!!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, Shari! What wonderful ideas! Looks like I'm heading out to Home Depot tomorrow!

Thanks so much for sharing!


Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Came over from Rhoda's. Wow - you are getting my creative juices flowing. :)

stefanie said...

i can see how that can get addicting, everything looks soooooo much better

Nicolette said...

Shari, Amazing ideas! Wallpapers can be used in so many ways to decorate so many places. Remember to come by Furniture and Design Ideas so we can exchange some design ideas.


Heidi said...

Hi Shari,
Well, you must have a lot of energy to get all that done right away! It all looks terrific, I really like the mirror transformation, and I think it was clever of you to fix the tub with the paper, too. It really does make a difference. Your house looks lovely.
Come by and visit some time!
Heidi - Heart and Home

cotedetexas said...

I have to say I think the bathtub looks so much better with the beadboard! I really like that idea - all of your changes look great, but that's my favorite!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Great projects Shari! Love every, single idea Clever Lady!