How to Clad a Playhouse's Interior Walls With Beadboard

Installing drywall can be a time-consuming and messy job You can quickly finish a kids' playhouse or garden shed's interior walls with 4x8 sheets of beadboard, basic tools and paint.

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Materials Needed:

  • 4x8 sheets of pine beadboard
  • measuring tape
  • circular saw
  • nail gun and brads
  • chalk line
  • 8' long planks of 1x3 pine
  • speed square
  • drill fitted with 1" paddle bit
  • liquid bonding adhesive
  • caulk gun and paintable caulk
  • roll of kraft paper
  • painter's tape
  • HVLP paint sprayer
  • primer
  • semigloss latex paint

Measure Walls and Mark Beadboard

Use measuring tape to determine width and height of all walls you plan to cover (Image 1). Based on these measurements, pick up enough 4x8 sheets of pine beadboard. Mark sheets of beadboard to proper height with pencil (Image 2). Tip: Installing beadboard sheets with lines running vertically can make a space feel taller, plus the finished look will include fewer seams.

Snap Chalk Line Then Cut

In order to make perfectly level cuts with circular saw, first snap a chalk line onto the paneling by placing chalk line on pencil mark, pulling back, then snapping (Image 1). Guide circular saw across chalk line to cut beadboard to size (Image 2).

Apply Liquid Bonding Adhesive

Beginning on one end of a wall, add liquid bonding adhesive to edges of studs (Image 1). Note: This will keep board in place before permanently securing it with a nail gun. Place each cut sheet of beadboard into its proper position against liquid bonding adhesive. Slightly adjust up or down until panel is perfectly level. Next, secure to studs using nail gun (Image 2).

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