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Beadboard

July 9, 2012

There is a lot going on around these here parts lately. For one, J.D. stopped shaving. I probably don’t even have to tell you that the growth on J.D.’s face is proportional to the amount of money spent at Home Hardware.

When J.D. starts home improvement projects I get jealous of his tangible productivity and insist that I also get to paint with something other than non-toxic tempera on newsprint.

A portion of our basement is covered in unfinished beadboard. A definition of beadboard:

Beadboard is a type of paneling that can be used in many parts of your home and for many purposes. It is characterized by a series of thin raised strips, or beads that flow along each panel. A very popular wall paneling in the 1920s, it was originally made out of scraps of wood and left unfinished, painted or stained.

If I were to add to this definition, I would include this warning,

Painting beadboard requires that the homeowner set aside any and all commitments because it will take approximately the rest of his/her life to complete the project. (The people who installed it in the 1920’s are still painting it)

As I was painting our basement with an artist paintbrush size 2 last night at 11 pm, I was planning my next tempera and newsprint project.

In conclusion, here is a painting  by James that took years less to complete. Happy belated birthday, Canada:

OH Canada

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jean permalink
    July 9, 2012 10:19 am

    My utmost sympathies are with you. As you know, we installed beadboard throughout the whole house. Tip: you actually can work the paint into the grooves with a larger paint brush on its side (rather than with a flat up and down movement) – and only one coat is necessary for the little grooves.

    • Claire permalink*
      July 9, 2012 12:01 pm

      The beadboard we have is not panels, like you have. It is 3/4″ thick and is nailed down piece by piece. Thus, the grooves are not your average grooves. I would describe them as abysses, actually.

  2. Xtine permalink
    July 9, 2012 12:22 pm

    Sounds painful, yet entertaining- so thank you! What about spray painting- not from a can but professional type…but less entertaining 😦

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