The trouble I see with a lot of DIY and home renovation projects on the internet is that when things are new things look good. The real question is, how does it stand the test of time? Today I’m talking about the beadboard wallpaper by Graham & Brown that I put up over five years ago.
Well, I’ve been so happy with it that over the years I’ve added it in a few more spots, like the Dining Room sideboard, my kitchen backsplash, and a kitchen wall.
All of these pictures are from the last month so you can see exactly how it’s holding up.
The Good News:
I haven’t had any issues with the wallpaper peeling or coming off the wall at all. It still looks the same as the day I put it up.
Since I painted over the wallpaper, it is easily wipeable. Even in messier areas like around my kitchen sink and where I do all my food prep. It has withstood a number of spatters and has never been an issue wiping it down.
This one is obviously from the fall, not this month! My pumpkins are not still out in May!
The Bad News:
The ONLY problem I’ve had with the wallpaper is indentations and a bit of snagging. Because the wallpaper is slightly puffy, which allows it to retain the beadboard look, it can be prone to marks. For instance, if I pushed my thumbnail into the wallpaper, or leaned something with an edge on it, it would leave a mark. Most of the time the puffiness comes back to life and the mark disappears.
The main issue is snagging. If something with an edge (such as a toddler fingernail, in my case) drags along the wall it can snag the paper. This has only happened to me in 2-3 spots and they are HARDLY noticeable, but there’s no way to fix it. Because of this I wouldn’t recommend this product for high traffic areas, such as a mudroom or a playroom, as there would be a greater risk for damage.
Would I put this paper up again?
Well, yes and no.
Unlike when I installed the wallpaper, we now own all the tools (compressor, nailgun, various saws, etc.) to make installing traditional beadboard easy. So I would always pick real wooden beadboard for the quality.
However, if you don’t have the tools or the knowledge to install wooden beadboard, or if you are looking for a budget DIY option, I would DEFINITELY put this wallpaper up again. It would also be a great solution if you wanted to add interest to the back of a bookshelf or curio cabinet. Five years later and it still looks really great, even with the few small snags.
For some other posts I’ve written on my beadboard wallpaper check out:
- Beadboard Wallpaper: A Thorough Review
- Beadboard Wallpaper in the Dining Room
- Beadboard Wallpaper in the Kitchen
- Beadboard Wallpaper as a Kitchen Backsplash