Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bead Board Wallpaper Backsplash


A couple of Saturdays ago, I spent the day putting up a new backsplash in the kitchen.

Although we want to use real wood bead board someday, right now the wallpaper version was a much more affordable compromise.  And actually, it’s amazing how much it looks like the real thing.







Although it wasn’t terribly difficult to put up, I realized pretty quickly that it was important to measure carefully.




Each section contained an outlet or some corner I needed to cut around.

The hardest section was around the window.




Because there was a repeat in the pattern, although subtle, I had to to put in a tiny “patch” section, right behind the faucet.  If I hadn’t, the seam would have fallen just to the right of the window.  It would have been more noticeable than the tiny one I did behind the faucet. Can you see it? 




I also made sure to add a couple extra inches in length for each section, to tuck behind the counter.  We may still add a narrow trim piece as the base of the backsplash, but since I’m undecided, we left it as is for now.




I also spray painted the outlet covers white, to help them blend better with the wallpaper. But I liked the slight variation of the switch plate whites, so I left those alone.




For the top edge, we found a simple, pretty molding with a narrow ledge.


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And since the wallpaper is paintable, I painted it the same color as the trim and cabinets.




Only one more thing left to do now.  Decorative wooden cabinet brackets!  These may end up being more of a challenge than I initially thought, though, due to the placement of the outlets and switch plates.  But we’ll see!  I’ll let you know how it goes.


The kitchen has certainly changed since we first saw Kenilworth!  Even though all the cabinets and appliances are the same, paint has made a big difference.  See for yourself..






And then there is this pretty gold frame I found one day at GW.  Instantly I visualized it over the stove with scripture printed inside.


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I find myself reading these words every day when I am in the kitchen, and the comfort and reassurance they give are immeasurable.

Have a beautiful day, Friend!


  1. Every time you make a change, I can't even think of what it looked like before! LOL Love the framed verse. I'm planning on doing a similar thing in the school room.

  2. This looks really great! What did you paint your cabinets with? i have painted really old cabinets before, but never newer oneslike that. They look really smooth. Would love to know your process.... prime? Spray? I am assuming you took down doors and painted them seperate. Feeling inspired. We are currently looking at homes and am discouraged by the dark cabients.

  3. http://ourkenilworthhome.blogspot.com/2013/05/i-finally-painted-kitchen-cabinets.html

    Hi Carrie! Thank you for your kind words. Here is a link that shows how I painted the cabinets. I can relate to your discouragement about dark cabinets! Our last home was a lovely rental with very pretty dark cherry cabinets. Since we were renting - I couldn't change something like that. When we moved here 2 years ago, I was so happy to paint these cabinets (even though they are only about 6 years old), because the white was so bright and cheerful! There are lots of ways to go about it -but one thing I'm sure of - you can do it! :)