Before we remodeled our main bathroom, it had pink on nearly every surface. Even the walls were covered in a metallic pink floral wallpaper.
Before the wallpaper removal began, we planned to have 18 inches of white trim at the top of the walls, a shelf below and lilac paint covering most of the walls. We thought the paper would be easy to remove becuase it was peeling. With our trim plan in mind, we began tearing down the wall paper.
It turned out to be far more difficult than we initially thought. After hours of scraping, peeling and subsequently damaging the sheet rock, we had removed about 18 inches from the ceiling down. And that was on one wall! Time for plan B; we opted to install sheets of beadboard to cover up the remaining wallpaper. A few more hours of scraping and we had the top 18 inches of wallpaper removed from the entire bathroom.
Once we had the paper removed from the areas we knew would be visible, we cut our sheets of bead board from 4 foot by 8 foot down to 76 inches, leaving them four feet wide. Ben used an air nailer to secure the sheets to the wall, going in to the studs. Then, we covered the bottom of the bead board with baseboard, hiding the unevenly cut ends and gap between the panel and floor.
To build the shelf to display and store items, Ben cut a sheet of 3/4 inch thick MDF into 3.5 inch, 3 inch, and 1.25 inch wide pieces. Then, Ben nailed the 3.5 inch cut piece to the wall 77 inches from the floor, checking to keep it level. He added shims in areas because this piece was partially covering up the bead board panels.
Once the trim was secured, the 1.25 inch pieces were added to provide additional support for the shelf. Keep the tops of the trim flush with one another. Cut the trim pieces at a 45 degree angle when approaching doors or other vertical trim. Finally, the 3 inch shelf was installed on top of the trim pieces.
Then, of course, fill, sand, prime and paint. This can be modified to any height. If a shelf is added, be sure the height works for the use of the space. You don’t want to bump into it.