1. Hi Nina,

    Do you recommend pre priming the beadboard panels before installing them on the ceiling?

    1. Nina Hendrick says:

      Hi Lori! A lot of beadboard panels come already primed, but if not, then it would make it easier to do that beforehand!

  2. Could this also be used- using the same technique in an unfinished basement (nailing to the trusses)?

    1. Nina Hendrick says:

      I think you technically can, but I’d definitely check for level between the joists, since in our experience they’re never the same (you could end up with a wavy mess and bowed panels). You may want to use strapping and/or shim everything to the proper level before attaching the panels.

  3. Has the moisture from the shower damaged the paint above the shower?

    1. Nina Hendrick says:

      Hi Rhonda, this was a powder room (half-bath) so we haven’t had to worry about moisture.

  4. Do you think I could put this on top of a popcorn ceiling or would I need to remove it first?

    1. Nina Hendrick says:

      I think you could go right over a popcorn ceiling with this method! Ours wasn’t technically popcorn, but it was very similar.

  5. John Workman says:

    Nina, can you use bead board and cover popcorn ceilings?

    1. Nina Hendrick says:

      Hi, John! Yes, you can use beadboard to cover popcorn texture. I would still be sure to use the construction adhesive along with the nails into studs.

  6. Hi Nina,
    I love this!! I have a very small house built in the 40’s. It’s a real fixer-upper! The ceilings in the living room and dining room are a real crappy texture – not even sure exactly how they did it. Anyway, I love this idea. I was originally thinking of covering it up with drywall, but I really like this idea much more. Do you think it would be “too much” those main rooms?

    1. Nina Hendrick says:

      It’s hard to say for sure without knowing your space. I think I would definitely go with the wider beads! We ended up covering over our larger ceilings with smooth plaster in the end, since we thought this treatment was better suited to a smaller space.

  7. What do you do if you have seams

    1. You have a couple of options- you could use a perpendicular board and create a grid pattern, or you can caulk the seams.

  8. Can you put the glue on beadboard over foam tiles

    1. Hi! Do you mean like a basement drop ceiling? I would caution against it, beadboard panels are heavy. Two possibilities that come to mind that you could look into are beadboard wallpaper, which you could affix individually to the tiles. You could also possibly replace each tile with a piece of beadboard the same size.

  9. Where did you get your ceiling light fixture. I love that!

    1. Thanks Beth! It was leftover from my father-in-laws new house construction so I’m not 100% sure, but I think it’s this one.

  10. Your post has given me the courage to do a strip of tiling over our tub and if successful do a much needed backsplash in our kitchen! Optimistic DIY wannabe.

  11. I love this beadboard – where did you buy it?

    1. Hi Amanda! We purchased it at Lowes. We loved the wider detail!

      1. About to install beadboard in our bathroom ceilings & wondering if you used vinyl or wood? Did you prime it for mildew proofing in any way? How has it held up?

        1. Hi Emily, We used pre-primed composite panelling. This was a half bath (no shower), so we don’t have any real fear of moisture or mildew. It has held up very well!

      2. This beadboard is amazing! I looked at Lowes and could only find the smaller width “beads.” Most are around only 2″ but this looks much wider. Do you by chance have a link or item number?? I can’t wait to do this in our kitchen!!

        1. Hi Liza, we have had better luck finding this at Home Depot recently. I looked briefly online but couldn’t find the wider beads. It was at our local store, so that may be the better bet!

  12. I love this beadboard ceiling – it’s exactly what I want to do in our downstairs powder room, which has a textured ceiling (ugh) and needs some serious va-va-voom.

    1. Thank you so much Lindsay, and best of luck!! :) It makes such a huge difference!

      1. Hey I know the bead board was already primed but did you repaint with semi gloss. I’ve always used flat for ceilings but this seems like semi gloss looks better.
        I’ve also read, can’t find now, where regular ceiling paint finish should be the same as trim.., even though I’ve always been taught to use flat.

        Any ideas on this.

        Love your project

        1. Yes, we used semi-gloss. It’s such a tiny room that the reflective properties seem to help brighten it up!

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