Installing beadboard was used for One of Buena Vistas biggest trouble spots was the hallway because of years of differed maintenance, the extreme wear and more importantly the years of traffic. What this area really needed was a complete tear out and re-drywall of the entire hallway. Upon closer inspection, the worst part was from the floor up to about 3′ off the ground.This gave me the inspiration for installing beadboard…(sent from constructor’s heaven) bead board is one of the greatest materials I use in so many of my flips for so many reasons.
Shown here, installing beadboard created an inexpensive wainscoting effect, elongating the hallway and giving it a great surface to cover with a crisp, clean white semi gloss paint to contrast the softer linen base wall color. Furthermore it added a richness and custom feel everywhere we used it in this home.
Often homes built in the 50’s and 60’s lack the wood work of homes built earlier. Introducing bead board and other types of moldings creates the perfect element to bring the look of labor intensive wood work at a fraction of the cost. As with all my projects, I like to feature an inspirational architectural element or design element of the home and carry it throughout the entire home. Installing Beadboard to the rescue here! Since Buena Vista was absolutely trashed, I needed as many clean white surfaces to paint to really brighten it up and make it fresh. The contrast of the white bead board just did the trick. But the best part of using this kind of material was the time savings allowing us to forego all kinds of drywall work and prep, we were able to cover over all the torn up junkie walls,paint and move on.
This post is written by (me) Don Gilmartin in order to inspire the DIY, design & flipping community. As CEO and founder of Fliptechs I have over 20 years of design, construction, and real estate, experience to share.