How to install beadboard panelling to a room

I am loving how timeless and classic panelling is in the home. I decided to tackle my guest bedroom and in this post, I am sharing how to install beadboard panelling to a room. My guest bedroom has been gathering clutter since I switched the room with my old office. Now that it is Spring, I decided to start redecorating the room. I watched a load of “how to apply panelling” videos on Youtube. I decided to go for the tongue and groove beadboard style for the bedroom. I love the effect it gives and how it makes the room look more expensive. It also gives it a cottage feel.

How to install headboard panelling

The Wood Panels

I cheated a little and purchased packets of tongue and groove panelling. I got these in my local Woodies, they don’t have them on their website but they do have them in-store. Each packet covers approx 1.5 metres and I used 8 packets in my bedroom. I also purchased the top dado rail from Woodies, this came in a strip that was roughly 2.5 metres and I used 4 of these. I didn’t buy any skirting as I reused the skirting board that was already in the room.

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I started panelling in the corner and made sure to line up my first piece to the wall. I used a spirit level t omake sure it was straight. I used a bead of glue on the back of each panel. I also used my nail gun to secure the panels to the wall and nailed in roughly every metre. I definitely recommend using both glue and your nail gun. TO get a professional finish, I used some of the glue to fill and of the gaps and also fill in the holes left from the nail gun. It took me and my brother the whole day to complete the panelling.

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Painting The Panelling

As the wood was pine, I made sure to apply a coat of stain-blocking primer. It is really important to use a stain blocker on knotty pine as the oil from the wood can bleed through over time. I used a roller to apply my paint and a small brush to get in between any grooves. I used the colour ” Spring Tide” by Colortrend in a satin finish to apply some colour. I applied two coats of this and allowed it to fully dry. I spend another day painting, it took me the whole weekend to complete this project but it was so worth it.

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Panelling can be really expensive, but I do think you can do it yourself. Once you plan the space, measure and take your time. My brother also helped me to install the panelling and it was nice to have someone on hand to help. I came in under €300 for this project including the paint and materials. I am definitely going to have a go and tackle some other areas of the house and experiment with different styles of panelling. Let me know if you plan to do this. You can watch my YouTube video below to see more images of the room. I have a few more bits to do to my guest bedroom before it is complete but I am having fun taking my time to style it.

Thanks for reading,




1 Comment

  1. Tricia
    March 4, 2020 / 10:32 pm

    Love the paneling Catherine! It does give a cottage vibe too. Clever you and your brother!

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