Yipeee, the beadboard is up! Yesterday Hubby took down all the upper cupboards, (you can read more about that here and here) added the beadboard and trim, then raised the cupboards 3″ higher than they were. As you read this post I’m probably filling nail holes and painting. If you remember I talked about painting the cupboard and the island. While Sherwin Williams was having the latest paint sale I made the decision to keep the cupboards the same color just go with a different paint finish.
I’ve always loved the off white (SW Dover) that they’re painted so why mess with something I don’t seem to get tired of. The current paint finish is satin and I’m switching to semi-gloss in hopes it’s easier to keep clean. The only part that seems to get dirty is the side of the island where we sit. My hubby and son come home from work extremely dirty and normally are ready for dinner and we sit at the island to eat which means dirty paint from their filthy clothes and satin finish doesn’t clean up well in my opinion.
I’m so excited with the beadboard I think it really brightens up the space and makes it look bigger than it already is. Hubby even commented that he liked it and thought it was a good decision to add the beadboard. He wasn’t too excited to do all the work but he did it because he knew I wanted it, but let me tell you I though it would be remove a couple of screws, take down the cabinet, make a few cuts, nail up the beadboard and reattach the cupboard. WRONG it’s such a big project no matter what it is and took about 6 hours to complete it all. We did electrical work too, hubby swapped out all the brown switches and receptacles to white for me, plus had to rewire the microwave.
Here’s the kitchen with the cabinets down. I really like the look and actually debated on putting open shelves in and put the cupboard in storage and then I came to my senses. It a great look for other homes, but they’re not for me. I don’t want to dust a dish every time I take it down to use it and I don’t want to style them to perfection all the time. My cupboards are always neat and tidy but I think I’d regret the open shelves before to long and my hubby would give me that I TOLD YOU SO look when he was hanging them again. I had to go with my gut and do what works for our family for now.
So here’s how we did the backsplash for $20. We purchased the 4X8 panels of beadboard instead of the individual slats and worked our measurements so we only needed one full sheet. If you look back at the first photo the beadboard is 32″ off the counter top around the window and 20″ off the countertop at the outside edges. We did go to the extra expense for trim which is all the way along where the beadboard meets the countertop and along the top of the beadboard where it’s not covered by cupboards, but it was only a $4 purchase. Hubby has all the fancy tools, he used the table saw to cut the beadboard and the Multi Master to cut out the electrical boxes. He did take off the trim around the window and put the beadboard behind it and then reattach it using his Paslode nailer.
Yes or No to painting the window trim to match the cupboards? Take into consideration there’s no other trim painted in our home and you can see several doors and windows from our kitchen. I think the white looks better than the stained trim but I’m afraid hubby would have a COW if I painted it and the only way to undo it is replace the trim. I also think it would look nice to paint the log section between the refrigerator and the stove (the pantry area) white.
I’ll be back as soon as the painting is finished and the doors put back on to show you the final reveal. I was smart enough the first time around with painting to keep the inside of the cupboards the natural wood and just put a clear sealer on them, it makes it much easier when I don’t have to paint the inside of the cupboard too. I’m just happy to have the extra 3″ from the countertop to the cupboard. I can’t believe it took this long to figure it all out and get it fixed. And if you missed the previous posts leading up to this point just click the links below.
If you missed the other post related to the kitchen beadboard install just click the photos below.