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Where can I purchase beadboard paneling?

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Beadboard paneling is readily available at most home improvement stores, including Lowe's and Home Depot. Another option is to order the paneling online. The Internet has many websites that sell beadboard in a variety of sizes, styles and finishes.

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Beadboard adds cottage-like flair while offering easy installation. Before buying it, consider the following elements that affect the overall finished look: style, profile and application. Beadboard with wider "boards" typically looks less busy when it is used in a large space. To achieve a farmhouse look, select paneling with 1 5/8-inch V-bead or 2 1/2-inch V-bead. The profile of the panels is also important to achieve optimal durability and the look of real beadboard. Look for panels that are at least 1/4-inch thick with well-defined beads. The intended spot for installation is also important to consider, particularly if beadboard is going in a bathroom, which requires moisture-resistant material, or outside, which requires materials that are graded for outdoor use.

Originally, beadboard was created board-by-board, which was time consuming. Modern beadboard panels take a fraction of the time to install and are typically milled to look like genuine, traditional beadboard. Look for panels that have a crisp profile that makes the beadboard look more like individual boards rather than a panel.

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