DIY Bathroom Beadboard & Hooks: Functional Chic

Hey everyone! Allison here, from House of Hepworths. Today I’m going to share a DIY project with you showcasing how to make a space more functional while updating the aesthetic value as well. One of our bathrooms doubles as a bathroom for our daughter and for guests, so we wanted to make the room more useful. To do so, we decided to add a row of hooks along the wall to hang up bath and beach towels, robes, and the like. This will be especially beneficial for about 9 months out of the year here in Texas, when it’s usually nice enough outside to take a dip in the pool.

Follow along as I show you how we went from boring and uninspired to fresh and functional:

Bathroom with beadboard and hooks

We started out with a basic bathroom. Not much storage and nowhere to hang wet towels! We decided a row of hooks would provide ample hanging space for all those wet beach towels we are constantly overrun with, as well as a few additional hooks for our children’s bath towels. In addition to hooks though, we wanted it to look more substantial, so we also added a 4′ tall beadboard.

Bathroom with beadboard and hooks

Here’s a quick step-by-step so you too can recreate this look in your own home. We started by replacing all the baseboards. You can probably omit this step, but because we are renovating a fixer upper, every time we tackle a room we replace the baseboards with a thicker 6″ one.

Replacing the baseboard

Next up, hanging the beadboard. Beadboard comes in 4′ x 8′ sheets. We simply cut these in half so each piece is 4′ x 4′. To attach the beadboard we used a combination of Liquid Nails for Paneling and a nail gun.

Liquid Nails
Applying Liquid Nails to beadboard
Hanging beadboard

To cut around the light switch and the toilet plumbing, we measured twice, then cut once.

cutting around the toilet plumbing

Here’s a good shot of how we cut around the toilet plumbing. The beadboard just slid right in over the pipe.

sliding beadboard over toilet pipe

Once the beadboard was attached, we capped it off with some 1/2″ x 4″ pieces of medium-density fiberboard (MDF). We purchased a full sheet of MDF and then ripped it down to 4″ wide. For a more polished look I ran the sander over all the edges of the MDF before installing it.

capping off beadboard with MDF

We attached the MDF the exact same way; with Liquid Nails and a nail gun.

attached MDF with Liquid Nails and a nail gun

The next step is to putty up all your nail holes. I prefer using a spackling like this one. Once all the nail holes were spackled, I finished off every seam with caulk.

Puttied nail holes and chaulked seams

While the spackling and caulk dried, I took that as a good opportunity to give the rest of the walls and ceiling a fresh coat of paint. Now the room is starting to look new!

painted bathroom walls and ceiling

When everything was dry, the MDF received an even coat of primer, and then all the new trim was finished with some glossy white paint.

painted bathroom trim

To hang all the hooks, I used painters tape to mark where I wanted each hook to go.

TIP: To keep your trim looking fresh, pencil your markings onto the tape, then drill your pilot holes through the tape. That way when you remove the tape you don’t have any touch ups to do.

painters tape used for marking bathroom hooks

I selected these chrome hooks from my local True Value store:

chrome hooks

The finishing touch was screwing each hook into place.

installed chrome hooks

The final result is a chic looking bathroom that will have you smiling every time you walk by.

completed bathroom with beadboard and hooks
completed bathroom with beadboard and hooks
completed bathroom with beadboard and hooks
completed bathroom with beadboard and hooks

*I created the artwork above the toilet. Here’s a tutorial to make your own sign.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I especially hope you are now inspired to go tackle a project in your home. Happy DIYing!