There are 3 different kinds of beadboard. The first is true beadboard with strips of tongue and groove wood that lock together. This allows the strips to shrink or swell with humidity. This is what we have in our kitchen. But the downside with this is over time and with successive coats of paint, it always ends up with unattractive gaps. So for the dry winter months, I hate it (and we live in Maine, so there are a lot of winter months)! But the rest of the year it looks great. Click here to view the finished beadboard kitchen.
The 3rd option is thin paneling, but there are different quality levels to be aware of. Some is really cheap with two thin grooves pressed into the surface..... and it never looks good. But there are other grades, for just a few dollars more, that have a curved 'bead' built in and look very nice (it's also great if you have a curved wall - such as the back of this kitchen island we put in another house - because it conforms to the curve). Its reasonably priced, you just need to make sure it is well sanded before it is painted.
The second application is a new project - a foyer coat rack and bench with a beadboard backing. In Maine we go right from 'wintah' to 'mud season'.....both which require a place to sit and remove boots. And in the summer, there are lots of beach goers with piles of flip flops by the front door. A couple of baskets will give them a place to land.
I've been saving clippings from magazines for years with lots of ideas. But then this week, I stumbled across this great blog post that has fabulous ideas. Take a look- http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2011/02/entryway-mudroom-inspiration-ideas-coat.html My favorite is shown below:
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