How to Install Beadboard Cabinet Doors

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Caulking gun
Stain or Paint
Paint brush

Beadboard cabinet doors not only provide a traditional outlook to the doors but also detail and depth to them. You can prep up your cabinets using beadboard as it is fairly inexpensive and simple. You can paint the beadboard to match the color of the cabinet or you can simply add them as they are for cabinets that are stained as it all depends on what you want to have as an end product. In order to install the beadboard cabinet doors, follow the simple steps described below.

For personal safety use

  • Safety goggles
  • Pair of rubber gloves

Step 1 – Measure the Door and Purchasing Beadboard

Before purchasing the beadboard, measure the cabinet door where it is to be added. Use the measuring tape to take both the vertical and horizontal measurement of the face. Once the measurements are in your hand, assess how many boards will be required to finish the task and then purchase the beadboard. Usually bead boards are available in a primed up form. This makes the task easier for you as you won’t have to prime them up.

Step 2 – Prepping the Doors

Now, unscrew the doors from hinges and lay them on a flat surface. Remove any handles that are fixed to the doors using a screwdriver. Use a pencil and mark the location of the handles at the back of the doors. Now use the clamps and affix the doors to the flat surface. Use sand paper and smoothen the surface of the doors where the beadboards are to be attached so that the old finish won’t create a problem while the boards are being glued.

Step 3 – Cutting and Attaching the Beadboards

While cutting the beadboards please ensure that you are wearing safety goggles. Lay the beadboard on top of the area of the cabinet and mark and use jig saw to cut off any extra length. Please note that each beadboard will have to be measured and cut individually. If they are all cut using a standard length, they might not fit the area properly. Once the beadboards have been cut, start applying adhesive. You can either apply it to the back of the beadboards or to the inset of the door. Apply adhesive generously. Now place the beadboards on the desired area and apply considerable pressure on them. Move the beadboards on the door slightly left and right so the adhesive may work more effectively. Also ensure that all the edges are properly lined up. Let the adhesive dry.

Step 4 – Caulking and painting the Door

Apply caulk to any area of the door where the cracks are apparent. Use sand paper to smoothen the area once it has dried. Then, apply paint to the doors with the help of a paint brush. It totally depends on you whether you want to apply the paint or not.

Step 5 – Installing the Beadboard Cabinet Doors

Once everything has dried out completely, remove the clamps and put up the doors. Use longer screws and hinges now since the beadboards may have given a considerable width to the door. Use a screwdriver and carefully place the screws on the areas marked with pencil earlier. This step completes the installation of the beadboard cabinet doors.