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Beadboard installed, and we’re painting!

Master Bathroom

Thanks to MLK and the three-day weekend, we have made some major headway on the master bathroom. It finally feels like the end is in sight; I can’t tell you what that’s doing for my psyche!

Finishing the drywall has been keeping Teague busy for the past few days, while painting (the vanity, a mirror, a shelf) kept me entertained. And after some flip-flopping, we finally decided on beadboard for the walls. On Saturday morning we bought six 8′ sheets. We went with the sheets (vs. individual slats) since we knew we’d be painting it. The added cost of individual slats didn’t seem worth it for the small aesthetic tradeoff. The 8′ sheets were very economical; we cut each in half and brought the beadboard up 4′ all the way around.

Beadboard being primed and hung

Prior to nailing the beadboard up, we ran stringers to nail it to. You can see them in the photo above. Since the sheets are only 5/8″ thick, they all had some wobbliness to them. The stringers gave us something to nail to, so they all flattened out nicely. We also made sure to prime the back side of the beadboard, since this is a room that wil have lots of moisture. The primer will protect the wood and keep it from growing mold back there ;)

Installing the beadboard went surprisingly fast; Teague measured and cut while I primed. With two of us working efficiently, it only took about 3 hours to get it all hung and primed. The bathroom looks better already!
Bathroom with first coat of green paint

Today, I painted the ceiling and put the first coat of paint on about 1/2 of the walls (the other half still need some drywall touch-ups). We went with a color called “Sweet Annie”, which can be found at Lowe’s. This is the first time I’ve used Lowe’s brand paint. I’m a paint snob and usually stick to Sherwin Williams, but we’ve had sleeting hail and ice storms for the past few days so driving 45 minutes to the paint store was out of the question. I wasn’t sure I’d like the Lowes stuff, but so far I am pleased with it. I’ll hold final judgement until the walls have 2 dry coats on them, though ;)

Here’s where we’re at right now:

Bathroom with first coat of green paint

A few more weekends, and that leisurely soak in a clawfoot tub will become a reality!

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

Mike had this to say on 01.15.07:

Great idea running the stringers for the beadboard panels. I used them in my last house in the kitchen and found out about the “waviness” issue when installed directly over drywall the hard way. Never was very happy with the final results.

Carol had this to say on 01.15.07:

Looks great. I love the beadboard. You two do such great work. I wish we were as industrious.

Kristin had this to say on 01.15.07:

Looks great! We made great progress this weekend, too. It might be a photo finish between the two of us! Nah, you’ll probably still get done before us. :)

Patricia W. had this to say on 01.15.07:

It’s looking great. You guys are flying along with it too. I can’t to see the finished product!!!!!

Poppy had this to say on 01.15.07:

Looking real good! I can’t wait to see the final result!

Sweet Annie is also looking pretty sweet ;)

Greg had this to say on 01.15.07:

That really looks nice. We want to do the exact same thing in our bathroom. We had not considered putting “stringers” behind the beadboard. Just thought we’d slap it up on the wall and call it done. Now, we’re going to reconsider. Good idea about priming both sides, too.
Thanks!! Good luck with everything.

Eilis had this to say on 01.16.07:

Love it!

Jason & Heather had this to say on 01.16.07:

We’ve been using American Tradition paint from Lowes. It seems to be a good brand and covers well. The main reason we’re using it though is because they have colors recommended by the Historic Trust.

Mindy had this to say on 01.16.07:

Jason & Heather – I did notice the Historic Trust mark on the American Tradition samples. The green we chose isn’t American Tradition, and probably wouldn’t get certification even if it was, but it is purdy nonetheless. I do think the H.T. certified colors are a really cool idea!

Thanks to all for the comments, we’re in the final stretch…… can’t wait to show you all the final product!

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