Basement Wall Covering

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Old 04-14-13, 07:14 PM
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Unhappy Basement Wall Covering

I am finishing my basement which has poured walls. I will stud the walls w/
2 x 4's and I am looking for something to use as a wall covering. I was hoping to not use drywall. I wanted to use a paneling or wainscoting, and paint it. I am having a hard time finding paneling or wainscoting in 4 x 8 ft sheets and thick enough to use w/out drywall that I can paint. Is this unheard of? Any suggestions? Also, I am trying to find paneling or wainscoting that is thick enough to not use drywall...
 

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Old 04-14-13, 08:00 PM
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Most of the paneling stuff will be in 3/8" thickness.....too thin to put up alone as they will sag between studs. If you plan on paneling, go with at least 1/2" thick stuff, or upgrade to beadboard planks (3/4"). I do this on 3 out of 5 basements I remodel. Of course people are looking for the rustic look here in the mountains, so it may not be to your taste.

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Old 04-14-13, 08:19 PM
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Thanks Chandler, I'm not seeing any 1/2 inch paneling. Where do I find that? The bead board planks you're talking about are sold in planks & not sheets, correct? It's also quite pricey (like $15/ 3inx8ft board), correct?
 
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Old 04-15-13, 04:24 AM
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The planks run about $6 per 6" x 8' plank. Not cheap, but easy to install and gives a certain look. If you find a sheet good that you like, one alternative would be to install perlins across all your studwork, probably 3 runs, flat to give you something to fasten the sheets to besides just the studs. It will keep the sheets from bowing between the studs, too. Minimum I would use would be 7/16 T&G vertical beadboard panels, however. The wainscoting materials are really just too thin to try and use as a primary wall covering.
 
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Old 04-15-13, 05:33 AM
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I installed the 3/8" bead board plywood on my porch ceiling. To counteract it being thin, I installed extra framing between the ceiling joists. That was probably 10 yrs ago and it still looks as good as it did when I first nailed it up. Only mistake I made was I started at the wrong end and if you look closely you can see the edge of the lip every 4'
 
 

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