How to install V-Groove Paneling (beadboard)(plank)

I love the plank paneling look. It is everywhere. In fact, I have it on my kitchen ceiling.


The ceiling is made up of MDF sheets with a V-groove scored every 6".


I decided to give my basement entry the same treatment.



Here is the "before"


B-O-R-I-N-G...and a bit depressing. It was also too dark.


So, I purchased this

Packages of MDF V-Groove Plank Paneling. They are 8' long and over 5" wide. Since it is Tongue-and-groove, it will go together easily.


My tools



Other materials I used

1x1 & 1x2 MDF trim


 First, decide where you want to start. I started in the most noticeable place. The first few rows are the straightest. Hide the imperfections of your walls or ceiling in areas that are not in your common sight line.

Next, decide how you want to handle corners, starting places and stopping points. This is where I used the MDF trim.

For a modern take, I decided to run the planks horizontally. Here is what I did


Attach the 1x2 trim to the wall
add a bead of glue


using a level, make sure it is perfectly straight


and nail!


Now you are ready for your first board


adding glue to the back of every board, place the board on top of the 1x2


check for level, and nail. Let the glue do most of the work, don't over-nail. This will save you time in puttying.


continue

checking for level every few boards.


Here is how I handled the unusual angles

draw a level line on the wall (notice handrail on right)


hold a scrap piece of plank up to the line. with a straight edge resting along the angle (handrail)


draw the angle. Make the practice cut, and test. When you are happy with the cut, use the real plank for the final cut.

Another look at the "before" & "after"







Oh yeah, I added a light fixture too! I think my dining room is next.

What are you working on?

8 comments:

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Very impressed!! I love how you used it in your basement...what a great touch! Take care, Caroline

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart said...

I am totally impressed! beautiful work and beautiful look. Bravo.

Rebecca @ the lil house that could said...

Awesome!! I've been itching to do this to the cathedral ceiling in my master bedroom!

My Crafty Home-Life said...

Thanks Rebecca, Jeanne-Aelia & Caroline. You are all so talented, consider joining the on-line upholstery project....share your tips with all of us!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

Linda - this is AMAZING. you really are pretty crafty!! would love to try a project like this

Anonymous said...

Can you tell us were you bought or ordered the mdf planks?

My Crafty Home Life said...

I bought them at Lowe's. Thanks for the visit to my blog.

Laure Ferlita said...

Many thanks for your post...a year later it has saved a hallway project my husband and I are working on! Thank you, thank you!

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