Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Budget-friendly Backsplash

l have wanted to do a backsplash in our kitchen for a while but couldn't decide on what I wanted it to look like.  I was trying to consider things other than tile since that would have been a little expensive.  I thought about the tin-looking stuff but it just didn't fit with the rest of my style.  Beadboard was the perfect inexpensive, yet casual option! 

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 kitchen towels have a tendency of disappearing...

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  1. That looks great!!
    I have been wanting new backsplash in our kitchen as well, but tiles can be so expensive.

  2. Thanks Tonja! Maybe a beadboard backsplash is in your future as well? ;)

  3. You have a nice kitchen. Can't get over how our kitchens are so similar (in a few ways). We are hoping to put a back splash in ours next year if finances allow it.

  4. Beautifully done! Our kitchen layout is similar....may I ask what's to the right of the fridge? We are in desperate need of ideas!

    Many Blessings,

  5. Thanks, guys :) Melissa, right now the highchair is on the other side of the fridge but I am hoping to add a pantry cabinet in that space that matches our cabinets for a little more food storage space since we don't have a pantry.


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