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Furniture Makeovers: Adding Beadboard to Bookshelves

By Living Vintage on Jul 09, 2013

In between salvaging the old place in Jacksonville and feeling u nder the weather for a few days, I finally got all of the bead board cleaned and we were ready to install it.

Last weekend, we completed the project, and I’m excited to share those photos with you.

Mark measured and cut the hundreds of pieces we needed.

Mark measured and cut the beadboard

What fun to see the first several pieces get installed.

first pieces of beadboard get installed

By the way, I mentioned before that I was planning to use yellow AND natural sticks. Well, it turns out that we had enough yellow and antique white sticks so that’s what we decided to use. There was enough brown at the ends of the yellow pieces. I definitely didn’t want to cut that off.

We mixed and matched all of the different colors of light yellow and white bead board that we had.

I wanted a random finished look.

the first shelf is done

See what I mean? I LOVE the variation.

a mix of yellow shaded beadboard with brown touches

the variety of the yellow beadboard

the wide variety of the yellow beadboard

When we designed and built the bookshelves, we specifically left ample room for one of Mark’s framed photographs.

We couldn’t decide if we wanted to install bead board in that area or not, so we decided to wait until the very end to make that decision.

More beadboard detail - large area to the left is for one of Mark's photographs

You can see how the bookshelves flank our laundry room. That room is functional, meaning that the washer and dryer work … but it has not been remodeled yet.

That’s a project for another time.

The laundry room sign is vintage. I was told when I bought it that it was from an old general store in Austin.

Makes sense because there is an Avenue F in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

I only know this because we lived in Austin for years. Decades really.

our bookshelves flank the entrance to the laundry room

On day two towards the end of the day, all we had needed to do was install the end pieces on each shelf.

Each of those had to be ripped down.

end pieces still need to be installed

beadboard pieces to be ripped down for each shelf

Fortunately, we own a really good tablesaw.

I’m so glad we bought that piece of woodworking equipment. It has paid for itself many times over.

Beadboard installed to back of bookshelves

The paintbrush?

We used it to sweep off sawdust from the shelves.

When it was time to clean up, our vacuum cleaner wouldn’t turn on! No clue why.

But I found the owner’s manual, and my handyman husband fiddled around with it and got the darn thing running again.

We were vacuuming at 8 pm.

Not something we typically do that time of night. But, we didn’t want to wake up the next day looking at a mess to clean up.

Closeup of completed bookshelf eadboard

We also hung Mark’s print of Multnomah Falls, a wonderful remembrance of our vacation to Oregon.


After we hung the print, we stepped back and looked at it for awhile.

It was time to make a decision whether or not we were going to install bead board in that area or not.

We decided not to.

We like it the way it is: a little different.

beadboard project is complete and a print of multnomah falls

Anyway, I’ve got to say that I’m truly thrilled with how it turned out!

Next up: arranging books and decorating the shelves.

But that’s another project … and another post for later on down the line.


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