How to Remove Beadboard Paneling

What You'll Need
Crowbar or hammer
Alcohol-based solvent
Stanley knife

As beneficial as beadboard paneling can be to add functional decoration to your home, you may also find it useful to know how to remove it in case you want to change the design accent to a room. By following a few simple steps, you will find that the task is not as daunting as it may seem.

Step 1 – Turn off Power

Depending on the extent of the beadboard paneling that has been fitted, you may find yourself needing to remove it from around a wall socket. With this in mind, turn off the power supply before beginning any work. Test whether the power is off by plugging in an appliance and making sure that it does not turn on.  

Step 2 – Examine Panels

There are several different types of beadboard paneling available which means there will be different methods of removal. Begin by examining the panels to see whether you can determine  the best course of action to remove it. Many varieties will comprise a trim at the top, bottom or both which will need to be removed first. Further, this examination will enable you work how the panels are attached to the wall as some versions use a tongue and groove method while others require an adhesive. Examine the area around the power outlets and the point where the paneling reaches the end of a wall.  

Step 3 – Prepare  

If it is necessary to do so, carefully unscrew the covers for the power outlets and set the screws aside so that they can be found again later. At this stage, you can also check all the borders of the panels to undertake any required work. If adhesive has been used, carefully and gently run a Stanley knife along the edges of the panels to cut away the glue. Alternatively, apply some solvent with a paintbrush to loosen the glue. 

Step 4 – Remove Trim

If the trim makes up a separate part of the beadboard paneling, this should be removed first. Work a flathead screwdriver between the panel and the trim at one end to pry it from its holding. Once you have dislodged a small section, use a pair of gloves to firmly grip it and pull it out of place, continue along the length of the trim until it is completely removed.          

Step 5 – Remove Panels

With the trims no longer in place, it should be easier to remove the beadboard paneling. Beginning at one of the edges and depending on the amount of space available, work a screwdriver or crowbar into the gap between the panel and the wall to pry them away. When you are able, grip the panels and pull them away by hand. When you reach the section where the outlet covers were fitted, thread them through the hole before pulling the panels away. Once all the paneling has been removed, you will be in a position to rectify the wall if it is necessary.