April 29, 2010

Bead-Freaking- Board

If you need to play catchup on our upstairs bathroom renovation project, there's a review here.

I've methodically, maniacally applied stripper to the upstairs bathroom bead board over the past few weeks.  In the morning before work, I slather on the thick, goopy orange smelling stuff to about 5-6 boards.  By the end of the work day, the prehistoric vinyl adhesive clumps have softened up enough to scrap off.  Most mornings, however, I totally forget, and end up slapping my forehead when I get to work.

After many weeks,  I. AM. FINALLY. DONE. STRIPPING. BEAD BOARD. For anyone else refinishing bead board or other wood that's recovering from hideous vinyl panels? Go get yourself two wire brushes, a hard one and a soft one. You're going to need them for all the bits of goo you can't get off with your scraper.

Despite all the effort, we are in the 'Even though you've been working your ass off, it still looks like shit' phase of the project. Which is a REALLY annoying place to be. The first coat of primer can't come soon enough.

The next step?  Use an orbital sander to get the last bits of adhesive off and make a nice, smooth surface for the primer.


  1. This makes me tired just thinking about it. Ugh, I hear you about the butt-ugly part of any project.

  2. RemodelerChickApril 29, 2010

    My husband and I were going to tackle a job similar to this. Needless to say...we got overwhelmed by the task and ended up hiring some contractors from eContractorBids.com to come in and finish what we started. Keep working at it though, it will be done and looking great soon enough!

  3. I hate that phase!! I haven't done home projects, but it happens every time I do spring cleaning.

  4. It's good that you're taking pictures of the progress. One day, you're going to look back on it and give a hardy sigh of "yeah, we did it"

    Oh and when I read "bead-freaking board" - first thing I thought of was "ohhhh, beads!" (I make jewelry, so it was an eye catcher of a blog title for me, but for completely different reasons. Lol)

  5. I am SO there with you. Look back at some before and after pics of other projects to remind you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Somewhere. Way, way, way down there. lol.

    Keep the faith sister! One coat of primer and that beadboard will look fantastic.


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