If your kitchen back splash is very dated and you don’t have a budget to replace it, what do you do? Well, follow along as I share with you how we updated our kitchen for under $100
When we moved into our house it was very dated. The home has great bones and we love the open concept. I’m not a fan of orange oak, so we painted out everything we could. The kitchen makeover started with removing a cabinet blocking the view into the rest of the house. Then we painted out all the cabinets. However, we did not have a budget for replacing the counter tops or back splash.
The counters I could deal with, they are a nice quality granite. But the tile was making me crazy! After some research and style inspiration perusing, I decided I loved the look of bead board. It’s very classic and fresh & has a little farmhouse feel to it.
The thought of having to remove all that tile and how much work would be involved was a little daunting. So, we decided to just leave it and go right over the top of it!
Here’s how we installed bead board over the tile:
- Bead board sheets (we only used 1 and 1/2)
- liquid nails
- poster board
- finishing nails
- trim (we used 3/4 inch round & a decorative piece on the ends for edging)
- paint (we used Benjamin Moore Simply White
1- I used poster board to create a template. Bead board comes in 4’x8′ sheets. Our back splash was not consistent all the way around, there are a lot of corners . I made a template every 4′ starting from the left and going all the way to the end. Remove your outlet plates first so you can cut those out as well. This way you know exactly where your outlets are.
2- Cut your pieces using your templates with a jigsaw. Be sure to hold them up each time to ensure you have cut them correctly.
3- Apply liquid nails directly onto the tile.
4-Place your bead board piece on top of the tile/glue press and hold a few minutes. (it doesn’t take long for it to adhere). Be sure to check that it’s lined up correctly in areas where your outlets are.
5- Add your trim. (we used 3/4 ” round for bottom of back splash & decorative trim for the ends
6- Caulk any areas with gaps. We found that trim & caulk will hide a multitude of “booboos”…we had several! Once you apply the caulking, everything will look clean and finished
7- Paint the bead board your desired color. We used Benjamin Moore Simply White in satin.
And that’s it! A very simple & inexpensive project. This took us one day to apply it all and then we painted the next day.
Overall I’m thrilled with how the project turned out. It was inexpensive and fairly easy for a “non carpenter” to do. So what do you think? Feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment on thoughts! As always, thanks for stopping by, I’m so glad to have you xoxo