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Beadboard Wallpaper on the Kitchen Backsplash


I have a love-hate relationship with wallpaper.

I hate removing it – like from my bedroom and my kitchen(PS – if you haven’t seen the insanity of the kitchen wallpaper I inherited with this house, check it out here!) Then I discovered beadboard wallpaper… which I loooooove. (Extra “o” letters necessary.)


I love the look of beadboard and We have it in several places in our house. Then, I discovered beadboard wallpaper and I was hooked. I started by trying it in my dining room and then I added a wall of it in my kitchen. And now I’m back because I added it as a backsplash in my kitchen!

To see a full tutorial on how to install beadboard wallpaper, click here.

We’ve been talking about adding a tile backsplash in our kitchen for ages, but it just hasn’t been a priority. Then I started toying with the idea of a beadboard backsplash. Since I still had part of an older roll in the basement, I started measuring and I had just barely enough (only three inches to spare!).


I know what you are thinking – why did you put wallpaper on something called a backSPLASH!? Don’t you think that’s a stupid idea?

Well, our kitchen sink, the source of 95% of our splashing, is right in front of a wide window. And in the last two years cooking in the kitchen, I’ve just found that I don’t splatter on the backsplash very often. Plus, since the beadboard wallpaper is painted with two coats of paint, I can just as easily wash something off as I did on the wall.

Plus, it is easy to reverse if we decide to tile someday. We could have installed real wooden backsplash as well, but that would have required a lot more work, and we would have needed to redo more of the trim.


The best part is – the upgrade was at no cost! I have purchased my Graham and Brown beadboard wallpaper rolls from Rhoda at Southern Hospitality’s shop where it runs $25 a roll.

Originally I purchased two rolls, so for $50 I was able to add beadboard in my dining room:

IMG_9923and my kitchen:



and now my backsplash as well!

I think that’s $50 well-spent!

To see a full tutorial on how to install beadboard wallpaper, click here.

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!


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How to Remove Wallpaper Part III: The Big Kahuna

You’ve seen my previous wallpaper removing endeavors here and here. Unfortunately, the kitchen and dining room was a dream compared to this bedroom.

This is a photo from realty site. Doesn’t it look serene. So peaceful and calming. Light blue sky relaxing.

You would never have guessed evil is lurking underneath that pale, pretty blue.

I was happy. I mean, I thought I was DONE! The wallpaper removing tools were stashed away in the basement. I was going through our upstairs scrapping and spackling all the walls and there was a little crack in the wall of our bedroom.

Just like every other little piece of peeling paint, I pulled out my metal scraper to take it off. I should not have done that. I scraped off a piece of blue paint only to find pink and white floral wallpaper underneath.

All of a sudden I was looking around and saw the wallpaper seams. It’s funny what you don’t see until you see it. (Aren’t I profound?)

(Due to being a foreclosure our house had a LOT of peeling paint because of the house had to be winterized and de-winterized many times.)

In retrospect, I should have stopped here. There should have been lightning bolts and and big fat, red stop signs glaring at me from all four walls. I should have done the unthinkable and just painted over the blue.

But that’s not what happened.

The first layer of painted over wallpaper came off pretty easily. Things were looking up. Unfortunately, the second layer behind the painted over layer was NOT coming off.

I even ditched my chemical-free approach of vinegar and hot water and bought Piranha wallpaper spray. That helped a little. Even with vigorous scraping this paper was not coming off. (And Kat was definitely running on Dunkin’.)

That is when I learned there is a worse wallpaper-sin than painting over wallpaper. The worse thing you can do is not size the walls. When you wallpaper over a virgin wall you are supposed to size it with a liquid coating. Whoever put up the original wallpaper did not do this, therefore the wallpaper glue became one with the wall.

I was stuck with this:

I called this my “Exorcism of Emily Rose” room.

I was even looking up new wallpapers to put over the walls because I didn’t think it was going to come off.

Then, in a pleasant turn of events, when I was about to call wallpaper steamer rental places, my father-in-law said he had one that we could use. *Hoorah!*

The steam definitely did the trick. It went really, really slowly, but the wallpaper came off.

While I still don’t like steamers because they 1.) spit hot steam all over you and 2.) dribble hot water and wallpaper glue all over the floor and your hands, I was pumped. It was definitely worth all the time and tears (okay, there weren’t tears. There were, however, lots of frustrated sighs. Especially since I was trying to protect the original hardwood floors from copious amounts of hot water and glue).

To use a steamer you fill the tank with hot water and let it heat up. Then you proceed to hold the steaming head over a small section of the wall for a minute or so. Immediately use your metal scraper to remove the paper before the steam evaporates.

Once you get the hang of it you will be able to steam and scrape at the same time. But the paper still came off in tiny pieces.

Once all the paper was gone I went over the walls again with the steamer to scrape off the excess glue still on the walls and then washed the walls down with a sponge and the Piranha wallpaper removal spray.

And I was left with this beautiful room! (Do you sense the sarcasm?)

We’ve already spackled and sanded the walls and are hoping to paint soon! I think we’ve finally decided on Valspar Seashell gray. As seen here:


I’m trying something new and going gray. I have painted rooms sunshine yellow and lime green, but a little neutral like gray scares me. Isn’t that silly? I’m trying to listen to my own advice – I can always paint over it if I hate it!

Sadly, that wasn’t the last wallpaper I encountered! I found more when we ripped out a radiator in the hallways. Fortunately that came down right away with the Piranha spray. And I think that was the last of it! (Knock on wood!)

Do you have any nightmare wallpaper stories?

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?