Wainscotting/Beadboard General Ques

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Old 01-07-08, 12:09 PM
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Hi all, putting together a nursery for our firstborn and were thinking of running this around the bottom half of the walls (36" or so). Seems to be a nice touch these days.

Anyway, I searched the forum here and still have a few ques:

- Wainscotting vs beadboard: are they both the same?

- I went to Home Depot only so far and they seem to have an MDF, a natural pine, and a fabricated synthetic type so far. what other types are good to look at?

- Would it be good to check out a flooring or other place to find a good quality product to put in?

- Any other tips/suggestions?

Thanks!
 
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Old 01-07-08, 12:39 PM
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No, they are not the same, although the terms are used frequently (incorrectly) to mean the same thing. Beadboard is wainscoting, but not all wainscoting is beadboard. Wainscotting is most commonly a chair rail and baseboard with raised panel designs in the space between. Masonite used to sell different size tongue and groove panels and trim as kits, not sure if they still do. Many times trim will be cut and attached in a pattern to simulate raised panels.

You've already seen the beadboard avail at HD and others. The PVC you saw is designed for bathrooms or areas like mudrooms, kitchens where easy cleaning and water resistance is a plus.

The mdf is stable and cheaper than solid wood, and easy to paint.

The solid wood is more for when a stained finish is desired.

Its a nice look if it fits the rest of the decore.
 
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gunguy45 - i think you provided everything and then some in a single post! I cant think of any other questions now.

Much thanks!

I will be painting mine (white) so sounds like MDF beadboard might be the way to go (no staining needed).

Thanks again!!
 
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YVW...post some before and after pics of yer project!
 
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Old 01-07-08, 02:14 PM
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ok, will do! i got out of painting the whole room so this should be different, challenging and fun -- more than painting!
 
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