Do you like your beadboard backsplash?

hollylhJanuary 9, 2008

I would like to put in beadboard not as a temporary solution, but because I just like it--and also will have a beadboard wainscot continuing into the breakfast room and hearth room. Has anyone had trouble with theirs? Do the grooves get grimy and hard to clean? (NB I will have tile behind the cooktop.)

I would like to use actual beadboard rather than the panels--has anyone had problems with that separating? I have heard that if you install over a plywood underlayer the pieces won't move. OR-- is there BB panelling out there with deeper grooves? would be simpler.

Also, for those with white cabinets, has anyone painted their beadboard backsplash a color other than white? I am worried about it all being too much white (but don't want it to look too broken up either, so as usual I guess I want the impossible).

Thank you!


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I have cream colored cabinets and am also considering a beadboard backsplash, so I am anxious to hear responses to your post. I actually cut two pieces of cardboard and painted them the color of the cabinets to see how it looked. My DH thought it was maybe a little too much of a good thing. So we have not resolved the issue. I will be watching this thread.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 12:36PM
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I had beadboard in the last kitchen we redid and plan to have it in this one also. I had the "real" beadboard. I thought the panels did not have the depth that you need to have the real look. Mine was painted off white but I had green cabinets and soapstone. I didn't have trouble keeping it clean -- just washed it down regularly and I did have the beadboard behind the cooktop (I won't in this house). I love the look.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 2:03PM
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thanks, borngrace! do you know if yours was installed over plywood or directly on sheetrock?

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 2:27PM
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I am also planning on using beadboard as my backsplash, painted white to match my cabinets. I LOVE beadboard...I don't think my builder will ever want to see it again once our house is done, LOL!

My mother has it in her kitchen - going on 5 years now with no problems. It is also behind her kitchen sink. No issues at all.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 3:17PM
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We are planning on installing a beadboard backsplash also. We had beadboard in our last house- I love it. DH hates installing it-(but he also hated the price tag of the tile I wanted so thats on hold)- but to get a more finished look we will use beadboard. I had the real beadboard in our powder room of our previous home.
What color are your countertops? If your cabs are white, a soft sagey green would look nice- as long as they complement the countertops.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 4:12PM
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I have it and love it. It's the individual boards, not the panels. We also have installed it in all three bathrooms, the laundry/multi-purpose room and the dining room. DH installed it over the drywall using glue, Liquid Nails, I believe. We've never had any separation and believe me, we would if there was going to be any since we live practically on top of the San Andreas fault. : ) I'll link you to pics of it in the kitchen.

Here is a link that might be useful: beadboard backsplash.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 5:42PM
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Beadboard dumb here. Can someone give me an education? I've only seen these big sheets of beadboard at Lowes. Can you also buy individual little boards that you put together? That seems like alot of work. What is the best? I'm beadboarding my place out including the kitchen and two bedrooms. What are the pros and cons? I may be beadboard dumb at this point, but I do heart beadboard! TIA for any response. Hope I didn't hijack this post in anyway!!!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 8:09PM
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To echo others . . . yes ours was installed on the drywall directly -- never had any moisture issues.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 8:15PM
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I love my beadboard backsplash! It's been about 9 months now, and so far we've had no issues with it. Ours is the t&g kind, not the panels. The BB is installed directly on top of drywall on the wall behind the sink and on on the adjacent wall, it is installed over plaster. It's been super easy to clean. I just spray it with cleaner if it gets real messy, but usually a damp sponge does the trick.

I too was concerned about my kitchen being too white, and I couldn't decide if I should do a color or not so I painted it white until I could decide what to do. But I found that I like it being all white and will leave it as is...for now any ways. If any one does have pics of white cabs with different colored backsplash, I'd love to see it to!

One tip I learned from my mother (and my contractor as well) is that if you are going to use the beadboard panels, be careful to select ones with the least amount of knots as they sometimes tend to pop out over time. My mom has the panel BB in her guest bathroom (which is rarely used) and she is finding that the knots are starting to pop out. It may occurr on the t&fg kind as well, but when we selected ours, I didn't really notice any knots.

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susulo - your kitchen is really beautiful!!

Can I ask you what kind of trim you used where the beadboard and countertop meet? I don't have a backsplash on my granite and have been trying to figure out how to connect the beadboard to the countertop.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 9:51PM
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About beadboard seperating, it happens a lot due to a difference in the normal moisture levels in your home vs the moisture level in the wood when you install it. In our current house, the wood was purchased and installed soon after. We have gaping and the tongue shows. At least it's not gaps showing what is beneath. Any gluing and/or varnishing/painting cracked when the boards dried out more and shrank. In our new house we bought the wood early and it has been climatizing in the house with the heat on for a while. We're hoping it makes a difference.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2008 at 8:51AM
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Thanks jennymama! The trim is a 3-1/2" x 3/4" (I think) baseboard...and the BB is placed on top of that. The BB is rather thick, about ½" or so, so there isnÂt a big lip or edge where the bb meets the baseboard. HTH.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2008 at 11:05AM
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thank you so much everyone--I hope this thread keeps going as I am learning a lot.

Angelcub--LOVE your kitchen! wow, you are lucky to have a handy DH--tell him it all looks fabulous. I was really glad to see the picture of the furniture feet too as I was having trouble deciding on placement.

My counters are polished ubatuba, which does have green in it, and I think a pale green is a good idea if I decide it's all too much white. Hopefully also I am getting the granite honed (although I guess that's neither here nor there...)

Very glad to hear everyone had installed BB directly on the drywall--and with glue not nails, is that right? also thank you for the tip on curing the wood--I had heard that somewhere but had forgotten--I wonder how long it takes to cure? also I guess it is best to install when it's dry and heat is going (I live outside Boston) because then it's as tight as it's going to get? (vs. installing in summer humidity when the wood presumably has swelled somewhat)

Does anyone know if the tongue and groove boards come in wider sizes? I have seen boards where the flat part is either 1.5 inches or 2 inches but nothing wider. I would sort of like wider if it isn't $$$$$. Also, hopefully the knots would only be an issue with pine, not paint grade maple or poplar?

thanks again everyone!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2008 at 12:48PM
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My DH just put in our beadboard splash over the holidays. It is the 4 x 8 sheet of "beadboard" and it looks great and was easier to do and we think it looks like the real deal without the hassle. It is painted cream and closely matches the cabs. It will also be used on another wall and into a pantry as a wainscoting. We used a tin ceiling panel behind the range and it is painted to match. We used a small molding like a chair rail to finish the raw top and bottom. on the edges DH removed molding from an extra cab door we had, cut it lenghwise, painted it and used that to finish the side edge- we didnt want anything clunky. For around the tin ceiling he took shoe molding and put extra molding from a cab on top to make it like picture molding. ( pics would help here huh?) It was a flat paint and now we have to go with a semi gloss coating. I have no pics as yet. I don't care for tile or stone backsplashes at all (no offence peeps)and so this has always been our first choice. We love it. will post some pics when I can.Sue

    Bookmark   January 10, 2008 at 2:25PM
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cooperbailey would like to see some pics!
We too are going with beadboard backsplash, painted, with beadboard above the cabinets too. Would think the "sheet" would be fine installed over plywood....
Would like to continue it behind the induction rangetop; rather than stainlees steel; like the idea of tin mentioned above painted the same color......
Does tin hold paint?

    Bookmark   February 4, 2008 at 1:46PM
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We have beadboard backsplash in laundry room and a lot of beadboard in the house. The real stuff.

It's painted and after just 3 years, with the house settling, the paint is cracking along the vertical lines. I soon plan to scrape, sand and repaint. Paint is starting to go behind our sink as well.

I like the beadboard but would not use it as backsplash again in kitchen or bath. I expect it might behave better had we used oil base paint.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2008 at 1:58PM
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    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 5:52PM
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Rococo--do you not like the beadboaard because of the separating issues, or something else? do you find it's not holding up to water or grease? Holly

    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 10:02PM
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Hi there! A few more questions about beadboard. I'm still confused about what was used between the countertop and then where the bb meets the bottom of the upper cabs? I saw that one person used trim at the bottom, but the other didn't. Please help!

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 10:43AM
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Hi Holly: One of my very favorite kitchens on "HGTV's Rate My Space", has a RED beadboard backsplash; it looks FABULOUS. I saved a pic of it. Although I still haven't figured out how to post pics on here, I would be happy to email it to you directly if you're interested. Just email me and I'll send it to you.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 10:52AM
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BB not being a flat surface seems like it would collect debris in the vertical groves, especially in a kitchen/backsplash. Does it? How difficult is it to keep it clean.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 10:52AM
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cotehele, no problem with keeping it clean. We don't have the backsplash right behind our sinks or range. Our backsplash is painted and I haven't had to do any maintenance over the past 2+ years. We have a stained wood beadboard tall cabinet next to our stand mixer. Even though I get lots of spatter from the mixer, the beadboard has been easy to clean (and I clean as little as possible and I am not good at wiping things off immediatelty.)

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 10:59AM
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For those of you with bb backsplash, what did you put where the beadboard meets the bottom of the upper cabinets? Any sort of moulding, or did you just caulk it?

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 11:44AM
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Zelmar, your period kitchen is one of my favorites. I am glad BB is easy to keep clean; I am a messy cook :(

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 12:00PM
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I had forgotten to come back and post photos of our beadboard backsplash. Sorry for that. This beadboard is actually birch beadboard panels. It was installed right over the plaster. My DH finished the top and bottom with very small molding that resembles chair rail molding. I think it finishes it off well without being too bulky. We are very very pleased. Right now it is finished in a satin paint but DH is to seal it with a semigloss urethane or maybe keep it satin, but I can't decide.

Please ignore the plywood windows and also the dogbone on the floor!! Sue

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 1:31PM
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EXCELLENT. Thank you, Sue, for posting these pics! They are exactly what I needed to convince my DH! Thanks again!

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 1:43PM
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glad this is still going! Sue, I love the tile behind your range--what is it? I said earlier that I was going to do tile behind the cooktop (BB everywhere else) but lately I ahve thought I would just leave the beadboard and see how it held up, mainly because tile overwhelms me and I can't make a decision...

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 10:32PM
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I forgot to mention that PIrula's kitchen, which should be up on the FKB by now, is one of my favorites ever and she has paneling behind her gorgeous French range...wait, it's NOT on the FKB, what's going on? there is a link in this thread...

Here is a link that might be useful: thread about pirula's kitchen

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 10:41PM
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We used beadboard from this company. My contractor recommended this b/c we were using the beadboard backsplash behind the sink & range. He felt it would hold up better and would not be an issue if it got wet:

See close-up profiles in the link above. They offer 2 sizes - one wider than the other.

I can try to post some pictures tomorrow.


    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 11:34PM
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We have bead board as a back splash. It is painted white and composed of individual boards (not panels). We have been happy with it!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2008 at 8:53AM
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Oh cooperbailey, I have never seen your kitchen before. It is gorgeous!! I understand the bone on the floor what is up with the plywood on the windows? Are you on the witness protection plan? Come on, what did you do? You can tell us.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2008 at 10:12AM
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I had a beadboard backsplash that I caucked where it met the counter, but I like the trim on copperbailey's much better. But would strongly NOT recommend glueing it on! It creates a project that's very hard to undo. If you want to take the beadboard off, the glue will rip your plaster/drywall - and the glue that stays behind has to be scraped off (pardon me while I have a bad flash back to this experience!) Definately use oil paint (the best for wood). Satin Impervo from Ben Moore is wonderful.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2008 at 11:50AM
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just had to post to tell you your kitchen is one of the nicest one I've seen on this board in four years. It's BEAUTIFUL! You must be very happy with it!


    Bookmark   March 1, 2008 at 12:24PM
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Wow - i'm so glad to see others using beadboard in the kitchen as a backsplash - we did it after installing granite. we had to rip out the old tile and it left bad sheetrock holes so my husband suggested this as we have beadboard in several other places in the house. and luckily he is very handy! we have white cabinets and tropical brown granite and the kitchen is painted blue so we painted the beadboard two shades lighter blue - it looks awesome - very "cottagey." we used the individual boards as i think they look more defining than the sheets.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 10:27AM
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Those of you that have a piece of trim where the countertop meets the beadboard, do you notice losing any of the depth of he countertop? I am concerned becuase if the beadboard (real tongue and groove) is applied to the wall after the countertop, and then the trim on top, won't you lose an inch and a half of countertop?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 12:31PM
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I DIY'd a beadboard backsplash that does go behind my sink and stove. It wipes up easily and I'm happy with it. It's directly over drywall and was glued (liquid nails) as well as tacked by staples under the trim. I suppose removing it would be a bear, but I was more concerned with it removing itself! :-)

I did want to note for DIY'ers that I'd recommend priming the boards and making sure you prime *all* the surfaces including the groove and the tongue. Then, if it separates, you have less of a contrast. Mine's painted with the spendy Benjamin Moore trim paint, water-based. In our sahara-like humidityless Minnesota winter, it's not separated so far. Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 12:35PM
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Amberley, in my circumstance I applied the beadboard (real beaded boards) and *then* my countertop, so the beadboard goes down about 6" behind the counter. My trim piece does sit on the counter, but it's only less than 1/2" thick, so I guess I lost that little bit. It looks nicely finished that way, and fewer concerns about crumbs making their way through, although I'm sure I'll never see them again!

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 12:40PM
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Now I'm thinking of BB backsplash. Thanks ladies!!!! I've had it planned in my head that I am getting white cabs, soapstone counters, and carrera subway tiles for the backsplash. Now I am strongly considering BB. My husband is gonna flip. ;)

I don't want BB behind the range and was wondering if soapstone is difficult to keep clean when used behind the range?

Also, can BB be installed on tile backerboard (or whatever it's called)? I want to have the option of putting in tile later if we end up not liking the BB.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 4:22PM
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Wow! Found this discussion a year after it was going on and it was very helpful! We're remodeling our kitchen now, it is small (8 X 10), I'm getting new cabs in "cinnamon spice", and a granite counter top that is a speckling of browns, tans, gold-ish colors with black specks (I have no idea what the call it). I have an exposed cement :( chimney stack that we have decided to tile over with sheets of 2 X 2 tumbled white/off white marble. I was really not sure on back splash and we were thinking tile - but I thought of bead board last night and think it will go really well if painted the "off white/pumpkin" Laura Ashley color I found.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2010 at 11:48AM
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Terry W. I also found this blog very enlightening. We are remodeling our Cape Cod kitchen and seriously considering a beadboard backplash. Our cupboards are honey oak and the granite will be black/tan/gray. I can't decide between off-white beadboard (which most people seem to choose) or a color. What did you end up doing? Do you like it. Thanks

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 10:43AM
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I'm looking at using this beadboard kit for my future kitchen remodel. Has anyone used this company?

Here is a link that might be useful: Elite Crown Moldings

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 12:59AM
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We just finished our kitchen redo and love the beadboard backsplash. I was having a really hard time deciding on a "tile" option for the backsplash and then I came across some beautiful pics of some done with beadboard. I love it! I have dark cabinets and white trim, crown molding, pantry door, etc.. so it tied in beautifully. The granite I picked for my countertops has quite a bit of movement so finding a tile that would work was a nightmare. I am so grateful to all of you who posted pics of your final projects!! I couldn't be happier with mine!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 1:43PM
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We recently moved into our 1947 brick bungalow and, well, it needs some work. My main issue right now is the kitchen. The cabinets are in need of a proper paint job and the walls in the kitchen have a textured faux finish that was put over wallpaper. I am considering BBing the entire kitchen walls, including the backsplash, to cover up some of these unfortunate flaws. This is a very small kitchen, so I don't think it will be too much. I saw in a magazine where they had done a whole kitchen in BB (backspash and walls) and it looked so inviting. Any thoughts?

    Bookmark   January 19, 2011 at 11:59PM
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I read all the posts on this topic, and was all ready to go with beadboard (a perfect look for our 1917 home); but then I read the "Beadboard backsplash regrets" postings in this forum, and I'm ready to drop the idea. We're fairly messy cooks, and the poster (jiggreen) says "It is VERY difficult to clean and keep clean! It seems like all of the splatters aim for the grooves! I have to use a scrub brush and go up and down each groove..what a pain!" Help! How can it be "a pain" for one person and "super easy to clean" for others? Those of you who have it, don't splatters get into the grooves?

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 11:28PM
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Has anyone installed beadboard (wood) backsplash in a home near the ocean? Our granite does not have the "lip" in the back. It's just my husband and me so am not too worried about maintenance. The granite has been in for two weeks with no problems with water behind the sink. Since our appliances are white as are the cabinets, I'm considering a color for the beadboard. Counters are Kashmir White. Kitchen is open to dining area and living room which are painted Benjamin Moore Windham Cream (yellow). Any ideas would be appreciated!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 10:29AM
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