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Painted Bathroom Cabinets: A Fresh Update with Paint and Beadboard Wallpaper

Painted Bathroom Cabinets: A Fresh Update with Paint and Beadboard Wallpaper

Remember my kitchen cabinet redo and my awful “Before” cabinets? Well, just like my kitchen, all of the cabinets in my bathrooms also suffered from a case of “boring.”  I decided I procrastinated the makeover long enough and I broke out the paint supplies…plus a new weapon.  Beadboard wallpaper. 

I first read about using the wallpaper on cabinet doors in Rhoda’s Southern Hospitality blog.  Beadboard cabinets have a gorgeous cottage feel to them and getting the look at a minimal cost was tempting.  Wanting a “coastal cottage” vibe in B’s bathroom, I decided this was the perfect place for it.


And with a little love….


I hadn’t changed anything but the cabinets, yet instantly the room looks so much brighter. Here’s what I did:

First, I removed the cabinet doors.  I cut pieces of beadboard wallpaper (found at your local hardware store; I found mine at Lowe’s) to the measurements of the face of my cabinet doors.  I hate precisely measuring things (I am very impatient) so I literally ran my finger on the wallpaper along the groove of the cabinet door to create a “line” that I would use to cut the paper.  It worked like a charm.



Next, I prepped my wallpaper.  To activate the glue, I filled the bathtub with water and let the wallpaper soak in the water for the recommended time.  I then took one side of the wallpaper and folded it toward the center, letting “glue touch glue.”  I repeated with the other side, so it looked like the photo below.


After letting it sit for the manufacturer recommended time (about 5 minutes) I then laid the wallpaper onto the face of the cabinet.  I wiped the wallpaper with a cloth using gentle pressure until I had worked the glue out evenly and eliminated any air bubbles.  You should literally be wiping glue away from the sides as seen in the photo below.


Once it felt tightly pressed on and completely smooth, I let it dry for 24 hours.


Next, I roughed all of the wood up with a sanding sponge and followed the priming and painting steps I did in my kitchen cabinet post.  I simply primed and painted right over the beadboard wallpaper. Once the final coat of paint dried, I applied white caulk to the edges of the wallpaper to make them blend seamlessly with the cabinet door.

In the end, you couldn’t even tell the beadboard was actually wallpaper.


 I propped the handles up there with glue dots to “test drive” the location of the handles prior to drilling the holes, hence the slightly crooked placement.  My husband and son went to get a towel out of the cabinet and the handle came right off the door.  My husband just kind of shrugged it off nonchalantly, not even showing a hint of surprise at the “temporary-faux-handle-installation”  and neither did my son. Guess they’re getting used to me.


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