You can get a sheet of beadboard for around $20 at Home Depot. We only had to use one sheet since our kitchen is small (waaaaaay cheaper than a tile backsplash, right?!)
Now, you do have to get a few more supplies such as paint (the beadboard comes primed but you will want to fill in the nail holes and any seams, then paint over everything with a couple coats of trim paint.)
Speaking of trim, you will need that as well....
We chose a simple trim to go along all the edges (top, bottom and sides) of the beadboard to give it a finished look.) The trim cost more than the beadboard at a little over $40.
My hubby installed this pretty quickly with a nail gun and air compressor. If you don't have one, you could nail it by hand, it would just take a little longer ;)
He cut the openings for the outlets (which is probably the trickiest part.) He cut the trim using a simple miter box and hand saw since we don't have a big miter saw.
This is a pretty easy DIY project that you could easily do in a weekend that adds a lot of character for very little cost! Depending on the size of your kitchen, you could do this project for under $100 (like we did.)
I am so happy with the result!
Please ignore my hideous "bathroom" hand towel...my kitchen towels have a tendency of disappearing...
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