Last week, our contractor installed a beadboard ceiling in our laundry room. From there, I tackled the job of painting the beadboard. Today, I’ll share my tips to paint a beadboard ceiling and let you know what I learned along the way…
Tips to Paint a Beadboad Ceiling:
Buy a beadboard that has already been primed:
If you can skip the priming stage, why not? Do you really want a sore neck from looking up to paint the beadboard? Just don’t get tempted to leave the primed beadboard the way it is without painting (like I almost did). Keep your momentum going and finish the project!
Choose your paint color for the beadboard:
What color should you paint beadboard? Although I love the look of a light blue painted beadboard for porches, I had always planned to go white for this project. For my laundry room ceiling, I used Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White in the semi gloss. Normally, I use a flat white paint for my ceilings but I wanted our beadboard ceiling to be the same color and sheen as my moldings. In my opinion, beadboard looks better in a semi gloss.
Start with the grooves:
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 tackle the crown molding at this point.
Touch up the beadboard grooves with an angled sponge brush:
Once the beadboard ceiling dried, I noticed there were many rows where the paint didn’t fill in the grooves completely.
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.
This step was time consuming too, but ended up working out well. Then I went back and painted the molding.
Evaluate the rest of the room:
Once I was finished painting the beadboard ceiling, it was more obvious how the walls needed some touch ups here and there… So, I ended up painting the whole room over!
For the walls, I painted with the same color again (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. Thankfully, it was as good as new and now the painting job is complete!
Caulk where needed:
Get up close to look at the edges and caulk where needed. Even though you could probably get away with a more rustic cottage look, I wanted my beadboard to look more fresh and finished so I took this extra step.
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.
Overall, I am happy with how the beadboard turned out. This new “statement ceiling” really adds so much character to my laundry room!
Hopefully, the tips I learned along the way will help you if you decide to paint a beadboard ceiling in your home.
If you’d like to see the before pictures of this room along with my reasons for running the boards in this direction, read: Beadboard Ceiling.
Have you ever attempted to paint a beadboard ceiling?
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