I need to install beadboard on a back wall between lower and upper cabinets. It is 1/2 x 4 inch cherry stock that has a shiplap joint on the edge and not a tongue and groove. The wall is standard wood studs at 16" on center with 1/2 blueboard and plaster over the studs. Therefore, I cannot hit the studs with nails. My question is on how to install. Should I just apply standard Liquid Nails to the paint and plaster, or do I have to put some sort of plywood on the walls first? If I did, the thickest ply I could use would be about 3/8" thick.
(Cabinet and Millwork Installation Forum)
From contributor S:
Why is the thickest ply you can use only 3/8"? Did you take into account removing the existing wall treatment?
2. Cut some slots in the drywall and slip some scrap for blocking in there. Secure it with some screws through the board and it will give you something solid to nail to.
I would recommend some of that white premixed tile mastic. Put it on with a 1/4" notched trowel, but only because it is water cleanup. But that tight bond grip-tight stuff seems good too if you have extra money lying around (Lock Tite, I think).
The only thing I would worry about is if someone thought they could mount something to the paneling down the road. If this bothers you, then sawzall out a top and bottom strip in the plaster and install a backer/nailer of the appropriate thickness and then nail up your beadboard. But I really think that a good glue/mastic will be plenty (prime the walls first to make sure that you aren't trying to glue to dust).