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Classic Kitchen: Beadboard Backsplash

Though our kitchen is far from complete, I’m receiving a lot of emails and Instagram messages about our beadboard backsplash.

farmhouse sink - all the details about an apron front sink and beadboard backsplash

Inspired by design favorites including Brooks and Falotico, Devol Kitchens and Humphrey Munson, Chris and I knew we wanted traditional elegance blended with classic comfort of an English country style kitchen. One common element is a headboard backsplash.

Beadboard is timeless, classic, and understated. We had considered using a soft cream subway tile as we did in our previous kitchen, but I wanted this kitchen to feel a bit warmer.

beadboard backsplash and unlacquered brass kitchen faucet

I struggled finding the exact headboard I was seeking, or to really zone in on what I was looking for, so, I turned it over to Chris, otherwise known as the most extensive unpaid researcher there is.

He ended up selecting a moisture resistant {just in case} 5/8″ thick reversible beadboard panel. I had envisioned it arriving in sheets, but they actually interlock and it’s weight gives a little depth so it doesn’t feel, well, cheap. It’s very cost effective.

We used the beadboard backsplash by the wine and coffee bar, sink, window, range, etc and when it gets splashed, it wipes clean with ease being painted with a semi-gloss.

10 minute caramel cheesecake bread

The only regret I have with the beadboard is not having the painter spray before installing. Brush marks make me cringe, but maybe it’s just because our cabinets are flawlessly sprayed. You can read more about our backsplash and cabinet paint color here.

Prior to the day of installation, we had not considered how to “finish” the edges where the beadboard ends with the cabinets, not a wall. It was an afterthought, so the carpenter had already installed the beadboard, but he finished it with a thin quarter round – because it was an after thought, it extends beyond the cabinets. Should you choose to finish this way, you may want to start with the quarter round flush with your cabinetry.

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If you have any further questions about the beadboard backsplash, let me know, I’m happy to help! You can read more about our kitchen remodel here!


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13 comments on “Classic Kitchen: Beadboard Backsplash”

  1. Is the beadboard also behind your stove? What about heat and steam from cooking? I’d think it would bubble the paint….

    • It is, but before installing we did extensive research. It’s frequently used in English Kitchens. We used a moisture resistant beadboard.

      • I love how,this looks .   It is beautiful.   Do you mean kitchen in England .   Just wondering about heat as far as a fire hazard. I guess there is drywall behind it,  anyway, wondering if you oeuchased online or through a local,store.  If online would you be willing to share the link.    Also, how easy or difficult was installation ?   Like is it an easy DIY 

  2. This is beautiful and classic. I love beadboard just about anywhere, and will have to keep this idea in mind.

  3. I love this look for a kitchen. Super cute! Love all the white.
    xo, Meghan

  4. Hi Julie,
    I asked about the backsplash and how it’s affected by heat and moisture. I really like this look and would really like to do this, too. You mentioned you went with the moisture resistant panels. One more question: What about the paint? I’m concerned it will bubble or peel with the heat coming off my electric range and from the oven (the oven vent is at the back corner of the stove). Right now, my tile behind the range get’s a lot of condensation when I bake in the oven or boil on a back burner. Did you use a special ‘high heat’ paint? Or will the regular paint not peel or bubble with the heat? Thank you!

  5. I love this Julie…and would love to do this in my kitchen. It’s perfect!

  6. I just love beadboard and we’re considering it on the wall behind the stove with marble tile on the wall behind the sink. My contractor is concerned about the caulk line where the beadboard meets the quartz countertop so I’m curious if you used something special, or was it a regular caulk that would typically be used. Thanks so much!

    • We just used regular, there are a couple tiny cracks where it gets SO cold (that side of the house gets a lot of wind), but otherwise fine. You can also get by without caulking if you get a close straight line (per our carpenter).

  7. Greetings from Poulsbo WA.

    Kitchen is charming!

    re:beadboard. We plan to beadboard upstairs bath. On behalf of my husband, would you please provide source for beadboard?

    Thank you!

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