Our Beadboard Installation Project in Bryan

We completed our beadboard project in Bryan.

We were hired to install reclaimed beadboard to the ceiling and bookshelves in Katie and Ryan’s sunroom.  They had bought the old beadboard on Craigslist, and they wanted us to clean, install, and polyurethane it.

Here’s what we did and how we did it.

(If you just want to see the finished project, just scroll to the bottom!)

On the morning of our first day, the guys loaded up the beadboard while I carted our dogs into town to board them for a few days.

Mark and John load up the old beadboard - Living Vintage

By the time I got back, they were loaded up.  (Yay for me!)

After tying everything down really well, we hit the road to Bryan.

beadboard completed loaded to trailer - Living Vintage

We arrived in Bryan right after lunch,and we started unloading all of the old beadboard into our client’s garage.

As we unloaded, we took our time organizing the pile by color as best we could.   We knew it would make installation easier, plus we could assess how much we had of each color.

All the pretty beadboard colors - Living Vintage

I still can’t believe I cleaned all of this!

Big pile of reclaimed beadboard - Living Vintage

We got right to work in Katie and Ryan’s sunroom.   This photo shows the room before we did any installation work.

the sunroom before we started - Living Vintage

The patio doors in the sunroom open up to a brick patio paved with old bricks.   I thought it was so lovely, and if I lived there, boy howdy, would I be spending quality time out there!  I admired it multiple times before the job was done.

Katie and Ryan's brick patio - Living Vintage

We got a lot of prep work done on the first day.

First, the guys assessed if we would need to install plywood to the ceiling.  Fortunately, they discovered that there was already plywood underneath the drywall.  So that made our lives easier and the final invoice less expensive.

After that, the guys removed all the shelves in the bookcase, the ceiling fan, the HVAC covers …

Mark and John removed the ceiling fan and HVAC covers

Although not within the scope of the project, we also offered to remove a window that originally opened up to the backyard.  Katie took us up on that offer.

Mark and John remove the original window

(Katy and Ryan’s sunroom is an addition to their home.    Whoever originally did the work left the original window in place.  I have no idea why.)

We started with the bookshelves first, to get the smaller part of the job out of the way first.

It was a team effort.

John did the nailing.

Living Vintage - John did the nailing

Mark did the cutting in the driveway under a shade tree.

Mark operating the chop saw - Living Vintage

I was the runner and message girl, communicating measurements and color choices.  That’s what I did the first day, anyway.

Here’s what the bookshelves looked like after (almost) 7 rows ….

The beginning of our bookshelf beadboard project - Living Vintage

Here’s what they looked like when we were about halfway done.

About halfway done with the bookshelf beadboard project - Living Vintage

This is what the bookshelves looked like at the end of the first day.

bookshelf beadboard install finished - Living Vintage

The next day, the guys immediately got to work on the ceiling.  We were sure to cover the floor with craft paper to protect it.

The guys started installing beadboard on the ceiling - Living Vintage

I started painting, slathering on the first of two coats of satin polyurethane.

applying polyurethane to the bookshelf beadboard - Living Vintage

We almost always coat old, painted wood with polyurethane.  There’s a reason for that.  Actually, three.

The old boards may have been painted with lead-based paint, and the polyurethane adds a protective coating, prevents any future paint from flaking, and amplifies the richness of the colors.

As I was doing my thing, the guys were making good progress with the ceiling.

Making good progress with the beadboard ceiling - Living Vintage

When they were about 3/4 of the way done with the ceiling ….

Beadboard ceiling install is almost done - Living Vintage

… I started on the other side of the room, polyurethaning.  The room was big enough and I knew I wouldn’t get in their way.

Polyurethaning the beadboard ceiling - Living Vintage

Plus, we were trying to be as efficient as possible.  We had labor and travel expenses we were trying to minimize!

Of course, we covered up the bookshelves with plastic before I got started.  The guys also installed the trim on part of the ceiling so that I could paint it.  We simply ripped down pieces of beadboard to make the trim.

ripped down beadboard turned into trim - Living Vintage

This photo gives you a really good idea how polyurethane deepens a color.

How polyurethane deepens original paint finishes - Living Vintage

OK, so that’s HOW we did our project.

All that’s left to do is to show you the finished work!

Here it is!

our completed beadboard project in Bryan TX - Living Vintage

(Please note that the colors in the beadboard look extra vivid because the stain polyurethane was still wet when these photos were taken.  The vividness will fade a bit after the polyurethane dries.)

our completed beadboard project in Bryan - Living Vintage

Living Vintage - our completed beadboard project in Bryan

Living Vintage - our completed beadboard project in Bryan TX

Here’s a view towards the kitchen.    Katie and Ryan are going to patch the hole where the window used to be.

our completed beadboard project - a view towards the kitchen - Living Vintage

Here’s a view towards Katie and Ryan’s living room.

our completed beadboard project - a view towards the living room - Living Vintage

We thought it was so pretty, and we were proud of our work.  More importantly, the homeowners were thrilled with it!


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  1. love it! It’s like having art on the ceiling! The varied colors are beautiful! I know this was a lot of work..but you guys did an amazing job! Bet you need a massage after that one!

  2. You certainly took that room from blah to WOW! It’s lovely! And your slathering (LOL) makes the beadboard colors POP. A beautiful addition to the home.

  3. Wow!! Love how it looks! Would love to find a stash with all those neat colors like that. You do amazing work, and yes, I recognize how much work that was to clean, move and install all of that. Nice job!

  4. kim – this is beautiful – i saw the room this morning on a blog and immediately pinned it as I WANT THIS.

    have a glorious weekend.

  5. If your client has not thought about this, They might consider some open shelves from one space to another. It’s a really fun idea for nick nacks that really have no particular home and it leaves an open feeling as well. If it’s some treasured items, they could glass it and put doors on one side for occasional cleaning or changing out treasures. I think it would be a fairly inexpensive and relatively easy fix for them.

    Just a thought

    Hugs, Drue

  6. PS, I forgot to mention how nice it made that room and complimented the adjoining room as well.
    Y’all did a very nice job there. I’m sure the clients were extremely pleased with the project!

    Hugs, Drue

  7. Just gorgeous! That would also make a really neat backsplash for a white kitchen ~ love it!

  8. Wow. Looks fantastic. I would love it if you would link this up to my link party that is going on right now.


  9. Absolutely, positively, breathtaking beautiful. What care you all took in your selection of color throughout the whole project. It truly is a work of art:)

  10. I love the reclaimed wood. It just tells it’s own story! I so wish it were readily available near me. Great job!

  11. Wow! That is really cool! I love it!

  12. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE, LOVE how the bead board turned out!! When I get ready to re-do my kitchen, I hope youall have some old painted bead board in your “warehouse” you can sell me. The backsplash idea is just up my alley, and I love all the different colors.

  13. I love this project! It turned out amazing. I have a friend who did this to her art niches in her home and above her two story fire place. I would love to find wood like that!

    • Thank you, Pamela. I love beadboard pretty much everywhere, and I’m sure your friend’s project looked amazing. We have lots of old beadboard because we salvage old houses. I’m looking forward to diving into your blog and looking around. Seems we have very similar taste!

  14. This is AMAZING!!!!! Im in AWW! Deff be pinning this project! Its beautiful!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!

    Shelly @MinettesMaze

  15. Wow! This looks really cool! I’d love for you to link up to The DIY’ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-last-weeks-top-three.html

  16. That is absolutely gorgeous!

  17. WOW…love that you left the wood with the fun paint colors. Looks great :)

  18. Just gorgeous – what a beautiful room !!!

  19. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/ Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
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    We hope to see you there!

  20. I flippin’ love this! The colors are so fabulous! Love, love, love!

  21. I absolutely adore this project! What a fabulous and creative job y’all did! I’m in L-O-V-E!
    Thanks for sharing it at the DIY Sunday Showcase!
    Cheers to you and yours,
    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

  22. Thanks for linking up your creative project. Such a colorfully unique treatment that will definitely get you plenty of compliments.

  23. Wow, Kim! Wow! You all did a beautiful job! I imagine they WERE thrilled with it. It’s gorgeous. Next stop my house? haha! Thanks for sharing!

    • Yes, the homeowners were thrilled! I wanted them to sell me some of that beadboard SO BADLY, but they’re thinking they might want to put more of it in their home.

  24. I absolutely LOVE it !!!! I wish I could find beadboard locally… I would love to do the same !

    Gorgeous !!


  25. Denise O'Donnell says:

    Kim ~ the application is very beautiful. It makes it even more attractive knowing the intricate and time consuming work it required (with love obviously) to apply it the best way you possibly could. I adore the fact that now this family will be able to enjoy this gorgeous wood you saved and brought back to life. I followed you from Kelly’s Eclectically Vintage Blog then (with a nice bonus)~ I saw you live in my hometown. I went to A&M Consolidated High School. Are you from there? Anyway~ nice job. Really! D

    • I am constantly amazed and thankful to receive emails as lovely as yours, Denise. I am truly blessed.

      To answer your question, I was born and raised in north central Texas, in a tiny little town called Knox City, out in the middle of nowhere. Knox City is located about 1.5 hours away from Abilene and Wichita Falls.


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