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March 6, 2012

Beadboard Painting Tips

Last week we had a beadboard ceiling installed
in our laundry room.

Fortunately, the beadboard was already primed
and ready to be painted.
Tips to Paint a Bead board ceiling
I knew I would be the one painting it!

I made sure I got right to work while I still had the momentum to finish the room.  I used Benjamin Moore in Decorator's White (Semi-gloss) to finish it.

First, I took a brush and painted down the grooves of two or three rows at a time.  Then I quickly used a small roller brush down those same rows to the end.  I kept doing this a few rows at a time until I was finished.  (I forgot to take pictures of this step!)  My neck was too sore to think of photographing!

I didn't even attempt to do the crown molding at this point.

Once the ceiling dried,  I noticed there were many rows where the paint didn't fill in the grooves completely.
Beadboard Painting Tips

My local (and very helpful) Benjamin Moore dealer suggested I take a small angled sponge brush and fill in the gaps, then take a damp cloth and quickly wipe along the flat part so there wouldn't be any uneven streaks.

How to Paint Beadboard
This was time consuming too,
but ended up working out well.

Then I went back and painted the molding.

But of course I wasn't happy with how the walls needed some touch ups here and there so I ended up painting the whole room over!

Toile Clock on Benjamin Moore Providence Olive painted wall
I used the same color (Providence Olive)
because I had enough leftover paint from last time I painted.

Luckily, I was able to just bring the paint can to my paint guy and he mixed it up for me.  It was as good as new and now the painting job is complete!

Beadboard Painting
Well... except for the little bit of caulking I have to do on the ends.

White Crown molding - Benjamin Moore Decorator's White

It ended up being a good move to have the boards running the width of the room.  This way, when you are looking in from the doorway, you see a clean, smooth seam where the beadboard meets the molding.

Beadboard ceiling in laundry room
Overall, I am happy with how it all turned out.

Have you painted beadboard before?
Did you just use a brush 
or did you use a roller too?
Beadboard Painting Tips

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  1. Oh, I feel your pain. I painted the ceiling in the sun room twice and it does kill the neck. I need to paint my kitchen ceiling, but can't bring myself to do it. May have to hire for that one.

  2. Congrats, I saw your feature on Uncommon Slice of Suburbia! It looks fabulous, worth every ache! :)

  3. I painted beadboard before only on the walls and I used a brush only. It takes quite a while to do everything but the end result was great! Love the finished look of your ceiling!

  4. Wow! That sounds like a lot of work! You did a fabulous job. Love the bead board ceiling!

  5. Oooh I love it!! It really looks great. The previous owner of our home installed beadboard on the ceiling of one of our guest bedrooms... it is seriously so cute. Great job! PS. Painting ceilings is NO fun so kudos to you! xo

  6. I would be happy too! It looks awesome! I wish we had a good spot for a beadboard ceiling. I just love how they look.

  7. Looks fabulous! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  8. I the beadboard ceiling! So much character and soooo much better than my textured ceilings! You must be so fired up. Your laundry room is fab, Shelley!

  9. I LOVE breadboard ceilings! I'd love to do our kitchen ceiling with it. Maybe some day...far, far away. My husband refuses to retire, knowing I'd turn him into my personal, full-time handy man!

  10. Awesome job! Thanks for the tips!!
    (and thanks for visiting me, too!!)


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  12. I've been looking to do bead boarding in our sunroom. I'll keep your tips in mind when I have to paint it. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Wow I love how the beadboard looks on the ceiling.. talk about time consuming.. You must have had such a neck ache when you were done.. I LOVE the color of your walls!. Thanks for sharing the photos.. I think I'm going to look around my home and see where I can use that Providence Olive I really really like it..

  14. Your ceiling looks great, Shelley. I can imagine how hard that must have been to paint. It looks like you are a very neat painter. I don't see any olive color on the white which I probably would have done. Take care.------ Shannon

  15. The beadboard ceiling looks great!! Love that it gives it a beachy vibe! :)

  16. I have a large beadboard ceiling I've putting off painting. I know how much work it will be! You laundry room looks great. ~ Maureen

  17. Awesome! Love beadboard on the ceiling. Thanks for linking up at the PoPP Party @ Domestically Speaking. Your project is being featured in the Spotlight this weekend.

  18. We used a sponge roller recommended by the men at Sherwin Williams. We use duration paint from there. It is hard and requires some muscle. I think I like your method better. Your ceiling looks great.

  19. Thanks everyone! I am happy to be done with the painting!


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