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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Bif! Thump! Smack!

We've hit a snag with the beadboard. I need to come up with a new phrase that means the same as "hit a snag" because it's becoming a major cliche on this blog. My trusty thesaurus provides: "thump a hurdle" and "smack a holdup."

Today Darwin decided to take me up on one of my friendly suggestions to work on the bathroom demo. He spent about an hour tearing out the drywall over the beadboard in the former linen cabinet/closet thingy. That's when he discovered that we'd smacked a holdup.

The ceiling in the bathroom is 10 feet high. The beadboard is - drumroll please - 8 feet high. Above it? A gaping hole. That's what you call thumping a hurdle. Apparently, the bathroom either originally had 8-foot ceilings or had them lowered at some point in its life and then un-lowered. Of course, this also means that the ceilings are not beadboard, which we'd wondered about. That part is not necessarily a bad thing.

I haven't seen the situation with my own two eyes yet, but my immediate thought was that we can remove a foot or two from the top of the beadboard to bring it down to shoulder or head height, then drywall the space above it. Will this work? I don't know yet. I'll take pictures tonight and let you help me judge.

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Greg said...

Yes, you smacked a holdup indeed. What about leaving the bead board at the 8-foot height and then doing a drywall frieze above it for the last 2 feet. You could do a thick bead board cap, maybe even a small shelf for something decorative. You could also do a stencil on the frieze.

It still seems odd that the bead board is horizontal around the room. I’ve never seen this, but then there are a lot of things I haven’t seen. Have you considered removing it and putting it back on vertical. Seems like a lot of work.

5:46 PM  
amanda said...

You've definitely run over a pothole, all right! I was going to suggest some thick, decorative trim, but it sounds like Greg beat me to it. Good luck!

6:27 PM  
Patricia W said...

In my bathroom the beadboard is about 4 ft. up and on top of it there is a one inch high rail that also sticks out about an inch and a half. The rest of the way up it's plaster. Why not just drywall the last two feet and add a little rail at the top of the beadboard to finish it? Then you could add some beautiful sconce lights around the top in the 2 ft. area that is drywall. It might be a bit unusual but I think it would look great.

7:03 PM  
Lenise said...

My house has tons of horizontal beadboard. Maybe it's a southern thing?

BTW, I think a frieze could look very nice, but I guess you'd still have to start with SOMETHING, so probably drywall is the easiest?

8:36 PM  
John said...

Lenise is onto something, I think it's southern thing too. The entire Devil Queen has horizontal beadboard as does every other old home in Arkansas I've had the privilage of seeing (that doesn't have plaster).

I think capping it with drywall is a fine idea, but have you considered salvaging some beadboard to finish it out with? I know the stuff isn't growing on trees, but we've managed to find enough to patch the Queen up.

Also, it's likely that beadboard was used in other parts of your house. Is there some that you wouldn't miss if you pulled it out and moved it to the bathroom?

I looked around your site, but I could really tell from the pictures. Unless I'm mistaken, is that a beadboard ceiling in your funky attic half-room?

Personally, I think beadborad is a lot easier to hang than drywall. Just lock it in place, angle a nail into each stud, and voila! No tape, no dry wall compound, no sanding, etc.

In any case, good luck.

8:31 AM  
Walt said...

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