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How we installed our Bead Board Back Splash

Inside: A fast and affordable DIY kitchen update; how to install a bead board back splash in just one afternoon and for less than $60.

Is it an overstatement to say that finally completing our kitchen makeover = Immensely Satisfying? I’m pretty proud of what we achieved. While we’ve already gone over the gist of it, we’ve had a few questions and interest in how we installed our bead board back splash, so I thought it was worth it to talk about how and why we went with bead board!

If you’re just landing here, you might want to have a look at our latest update in the kitchen which was installing peel and stick Smart Tile back splash mosaic tiles. We’ve also go a great project with a DIY pull-out pantry and a space saving cabinet hack with a DIY floating cabinet credenza. 

Supplies for a Bead Board Back Splash

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While there’s a lot to be said for a nice subway tile, there’s also a lot to be said for not-spending-money-when-you-don’t-have-it-to-spend!

How to Install Bead board as a Back Splash

Enter bead board. Or to be more accurate, beaded paneling.

How to attach Beadboard to a wall

The trick to installing a bead board back splash

How to Measure a Bead Board BacksplashOutlets were really the only obstacle, but again, the panelling was easy to cut. I used a Dremel for the small cuts.

No grout, no tiles, no mess… the sheets were simply affixed with finishing nails to the wall!

Install your own DIY Backsplash

How to install your own bead board back splash in one day

Once it was up, we cleaned up the finishing with trim, and applied clear silicone to seal the gaps between the trim and counter.How to seal a beadboard backsplash

How to upgrade a builder grade kitchen

Two amazing back splash ideas

A couple coats of our white cabinet paint followed, for protection and continuity.

The final effect, is subtle, but adds a nice bit of character. All told, I think we spent $60 for the back splash, including the paneling and trim. Not bad!

I think eventually the paneling will come down, and we’ll put in some nice tile, but for now, this works for the kitchen, and it works for us. You might even say that for under$65, this paneling is UNBEADABLE. Amiright?!  (womp womp. sad trombone.)

Let me know what you think!

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Denise Buchanan

Monday 8th of February 2021

How does the beadboard stand up to water from the sink and heat from the stove?


Wednesday 7th of August 2019

How did you protect it from water damage?


Monday 31st of July 2017

Thank you for your post! I just finished mine this weekend. Did you put any sort of trim between the bottom of the cabinets and the top of the beadboard?

DIY Passion

Friday 4th of August 2017

We thought about doing that - but we didn't feel it needed extra trim. You can only see up there if you hang your head upside down ;) Good luck with your project!


Monday 18th of April 2016

Terrific idea. Just what I need right now. TKU!

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