Cabinet Door Bead-board Wallpaper Inlay

We scored a great deal on the vanity for the kids’ bathroom, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it’s appearance. I decided to use beadboard wallpaper (I paid $18/roll online, but it can also be found at Menards for roughly same price) in the inset of the doors and then paint the whole vanity off-white. The process is actually pretty darn simple, but I thought I’d post a couple tips if anyone is wanting to try it!


On my clean & deglossed door, I started by measuring the dimensions inside the inlay, then cut out my paper


I double checked to make sure it was the correct size before getting it wet (the instructions say to cut after it’s wet, but it tears very easily when wet!)


After the paper is cut to size, roll it up sticky side out, then dunk under water for 5 seconds.


Remove from water and fold sticky part over on itself to let glue set. Allow to set for 10-15 minutes.


Here’s the interesting part. I found that after the paper soaked it became 1/4″ wider and 1/4″ shorter!! It ended up that I tucked the extra 1/4″ against the side of the inlay, and the paint covered where it was too short. However, if you’re measuring for the first time you can just adjust accordingly. I used a small flat tool to smooth out the paper and get rid of the bubbles.


And that’s pretty much it! After allowing the paper to dry a couple days, I primed and painted the doors! I have yet to get a full “after” shot, but I will update once I do!


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