Monday, March 22, 2010

Beadboard Backsplash & Pretty jars!

This was a long time coming, we finally finished the kitchen backsplash! What a long drawn out process (all my fault) but in the end, a very simple panel of beadboard was the answer. I bought tiles last year and laid them all out with a template but I wasn't sure, so I never put them up. I've learned to wait if things don't feel right..not to rush it. I'm glad I waited because I really like this look and it wasn't expensive (returned all the tiles & got a credit).

Without a backsplash the cabinets look lower & darker overall.

I included this shot not to just show you my dirty breakfast dishes, but because you can see how damaged the wall was over the sink and you can see where I had laid out tile that I was thinking of using. I'm really glad I didn't go with a dark colored tile.

How attractive is this? A man in your kitchen about to tackle a project for you..

Beadboard is up and now he's adding another outlet for me & raising them both an inch or two. I know he didn't have fun cutting out all the little corners around the window but he did a great job.

I think it really brightens things up! (Unlike my photography skills)

The contrast with the counters and clean lines make me happy!

I'll be working on the record cabinet next, so we can have our kitchen island. Also on the menu is a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets.

These are so special to me, I just had to point them out.

My mom made these sweet jars for me in 1997. They've been moved around quite a bit and little hands (& not so little hands) have dinged them up looking for cookies...I just love them. She handpainted them for me and wrote little notes to me on them..

This one says, "Life and this little jar are full of surprises."

This one says: "The secret ingredient is love."

Good things to remember. Thanks Mom!

I'll be including this on Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts and the DIY Project Parade at DIY Show Off.


  1. It looks great-the beadboard does stand out and shows off the countertop-always good! And I had absolutely no idea about the jars-so beautiful with Mom's special touch...

  2. LOVE the beadboard! It definitely brightens it all up!

  3. Obviously I really like bead board because that's what I had put in my new kitchen. It looks great and does give a really clean line.

  4. Love the bead board... I would really like to add some to my (non-existant) backsplash. How to you decide where it ends (and how to you gracefully finish it so it doesn't look like you just cut a pice and nailed it up?) I have a really funky corner in my kitchen and I just don't know exactly how to get around it.

  5. Thank you everyone for your sweet comments! Regan - we stopped the beadboard where the cabinets ended..I thought it might look weird but it doesn't. I have a tricky side on mine too where the backsplash butts up against the sheetrock to the keeping room. We're going to put some kind of trim up so make it look finished. I would just wing it if I were you. It'll probably look fine once you have it up & caulked. I would love to see it when you do, so please post it! Thanks!

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