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Beadboard in the Kitchen

Our kitchen has come a long, long way from where we started. (Hoorah!!)

But there still are a few spots where it iss… showing it’s age, shall we say? A few gray hairs.

The wall where the sideboard is (where the refrigerator originally went – can you believe it?) was a disaster when we were taking down the wallpaper.

There were big strips of glue remnants from who-knows-what, in addition to cracks, lumps and gouges. I would love to know what was there once upon a time!

We did our best to patch it up with spackle. And we did a pretty good job. I don’t think anyone who has been in our kitchen has ever noticed the remaining “gray hairs”.

But while working in the kitchen this weekend, we had our strong worklight on and that baby cast light so bright that all the flaws in the wall were screaming “LOOK AT ME, KAT! YOU MUST FIX ME OR I WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY!”

It’s like looking at your pores in a magnifying mirror. Don’t look too closely.

But I knew they where there. And I couldn’t leave them. So I started to spackle some more of my almost finished kitchen.

I sanded it down and touched it up with our wall color (Olympia, “Astral”).

Then I did something … impulsive.

I put up beadboard wallpaper. And I love it.

Usually before we make house decisions I think about it for weeks, if not months beforehand. I thought about this for, oh, an hour?

We added a chair rail to finish it off and matched it to the height to the countertop backsplash.

We love it and it looks like it’s always been there.

Since I already had most of the supplies on hand, this project only cost us $10 (for the pre-primed molding).

And did you notice we stained the top of our sideboard? More on that exciting project tomorrow!


Linking this project up to:

Powder Room Inspiration Board

Sources:  Shutter, Vanity, Toliet    Flooring    Lighting    Mirror

As our kitchen is creeping its way toward the finish line, we’ve been slowly preparing ourselves for the next big project.

When one big project is wrapping up what else would you do besides plan another?? We’re nearly sadists over here.

That next big project would be our itty-bitty powder room.

You saw our powder room here in November when we gutted it. (And has happily sat that way ever since.)

(Sidenote: For people who are afraid of having people over during renovations… we had a New Year’s party this year and had no downstairs bathroom. And… surprise, surprise! It was a non-issue. Actually… I don’t think I even remembered to tell people they needed to go upstairs. They likely opened the door and figured things out for themselves. In summary: don’t let renovating keep you from having a life.)

As seen above, we were rockin’ some Barbie-skin colored walls (like a lot of our house), awkward extending countertop, horrible shoulder-cramp-inducing toliet placement and a teeny tiny sink.

Down came the weird countertop extension. Then we ripped out and shut off that raditator and hired plumbers to move the toliet plumbing so it would sit in front of the window. Then a husband-shaped tornado came through and everything was gone-zo. Gone-gone not coming back gone. Even the floor and towel bars.


Anyhow, back to something that looks a lot prettier.

Sources:  Shutter, Vanity, Toliet    Flooring    Lighting    Mirror

Since we have that nice big window in our bathroom we will need to create some privacy. I’d like to get a plantation shutter so it will still let the light in.

The walls are pretty marked up from where we ripped out the countertop and the previous toliet. Since we want to save ourselves from re-drywalling, we thought we would add beadboard and molding along the bottom half of the wall to cover up any imperfections. Spackle is good, but it can’t solve all your problems.

The flooring was previously a fake wood. We’re exploring different tiling options now. I, for one, am really excited to learn how to DIY this. This, fortunately, will not be a huge cost because we only need to cover about 12 square feet of flooring! YEAH for tiny bathroom.

In regards to paint colors, lighting and accessories… who really knows!

We love the look of reclaimed barnwood. I see big mirrors like that at HomeGoods every once in a while. Or maybe we could even DIY something. And while this Restoration Hardware mirror in my inspiration board is beautiful, we will definitely not spend that much on a mirror.

Oh yes, and we bought that vanity on clearance over the summer. It’s been getting chummy with our basement since then.

I think it’s time to get my bargain-sniffer back out.


If you had to start from scratch in your bathroom, what would your most important feature be?

Porch Ceiling Re-do: Part I

Earlier in November we (aka Moose) worked on the porch ceiling. The ceiling (which was pop-corny and ugly) had quite a bit of water damage and was sagging at the seams.

And while ceiling fans can be quite charming on a nice Southern porch on a hot day… this one left a lot to be desired.

(As you can sort of see in the arches, we ripped out all the screening and staples… but that is another project to talk about another day.)

The first step was to rip everything down.

This was messy. And I love our Shop-Vac like my first-born.

That was pretty much where my help ended. You see, I am vertically challenged.

Short, that is.

And since this project required two tall people, we had our tall friend come over and help us for a few hours.

First they put up plywood and used a nail gun to nail it into the studs.

Then we purchased some outdoor beadboard sheets. They used LiquidNails on the back and used the nail gun to attach it to the ceiling.

And we also installed this $10 light from Home Depot.

And that’s as far we we have gotten.

Now it’s too cold to finish it. Come spring we will put up the molding and probably paint it white.

The final result will look something like this:


Maybe then it will be hot enough to enjoy a glass of lemonade on the front porch.


Beadboard Wallpaper: A Thorough Review

Earlier I showed you my progress in the dining room.

I know, I know. I know what you are all thinking.

“Why on earth are you putting wallpaper UP when you’ve been spending so much time taking wallpaper down!? Haven’t you learned?”

Here’s the thing: wallpaper is easy to take down when it’s been put up properly.

I ordered my beadboard wallpaper through the blog Southern Hospitality. It was great – it arrived very quickly even though I just paid for standard shipping.

I was not sure how I was going to like the paper and was very interested to see it in person. It was much thicker than I expected. It had an almost foam-like texture. The grooves were much deeper than I expected, thus giving the beadboard quality.

I have wallpapered before, but never alone. It was actually pretty easy!

I measured and cut my first piece. (Always leave some extra. And start in the most hidden corner.)

I dunked it in my trough (Home Depot, $2) of warm water. Then I folded it over itself and let it sit for a few minutes. This activates the wallpaper paste and causes it so get very sloppy on the backside of the paper.

Note: This was pre-pasted wallpaper. I bought paste just in case, but I definitely didn’t need it.

Then I unfolded the paper and put it on the wall. The wallpaper will be very maneuverable for a few minutes. You will be able to slide it around into place with both hands. Since this has a stripe in it, I used a level to make sure each piece was put up straight.

Then I used a wallpaper scrapper (not a technical term. 99 cents at Home Depot) to adhere the paper to the wall. This is the messy part. Be sure to have lots of wet paper towels around because the glue will be coming out the ends of the paper.

Hello Wallpaper Boogers!

I usually took some extra glue with my finger and put it over the creases before I wiped it all away with a wet paper towel.

After all the excess goop was taken care of I used a seam roller (Home Depot, $2) to go over all the ends and seams to make sure it stays tight to the wall. I went over the paper with a final scrap to make sure there were no air bubbles. At this point you should get up and look at the wallpaper from different angles and distances to make sure you aren’t missing any air bubble underneath the paper.

Finally, take a metal ruler and sharp razor blade to cut off the excess paper. This can be a little difficult so do it gently so you don’t rip the piece (therefore, having to start over).

Then repeat every 34 inches!! : ) Wait 24 hours and then you can paint.

For outlets I carefully placed the paper and cut a rectangle over where the outlet was. Window molding is slightly more tricky. Just go slowly and use small cuts.

It IS possible:

I really enjoyed the process and am planning on trying it in several other places in my house!  I like it because I didn’t have to take off the molding, nor did I need to use any sort of cutting machine. (Which I don’t know how to do.)

(Still no cabinet doors. Still no corner rounds.)

I think it looks like it has always been there.

I did read that you could install door stoppers if you have a door handle swinging into the wallpaper a lot. The foam texture could take a beating and leave an imprint. Fortunately, I don’t have that problem in this room!

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Doing the whole room cost around $40 (including shipping). That is a lot less than real beadboard, and I am sure I would have made many more (and more irreversible) mistakes.

How do you feel about beadboard? How about baked beans? How do you feel about alliterations in general? Am I crazy?