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Beadboard Wainscoting Back-splash

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sometimes you are better off to go with your first instinct.  When it comes to your home and how you want things to look, it's better to think about designs, looks, styles, that you are drawn too.  We live in a cottage.  I like the cottage look.  I must have been demon possessed when we made the decision to go with a Tuscan looking back splash.  Not that there is anything wrong with a Tuscan back splash, it's just not a good look in our cottagey kitchen.  PLUS, the grout line between the counter top back splash and the tile never looked right to me.  The color was too dark and yucky.
Today, when my husband put on his "volunteer" t-shirt, was he in for it.
The demolition part wasn't too bad, but it is hard to tear up something that you worked hard on.  We were certain that this was the right thing to do.  Beadboard is to a cottage kitchen as cheese is to pizza.
I love the way it turned out.  After all, this is what I wanted to do three years ago.  When it comes to your home, go with your gut, and caution your husband about wearing volunteer t-shirts.  It might cause one to miss Sunday football.











28 comments:

  1. The beadboard looks great! Love the "volunteer" shirt!

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  2. The REAL bead board looks wonderful... we just added beadboard wallpaper to our kitchen and everyone who comes in loves it. I think it adds a very homey feel! I love how your hubby is volunteering ... after he watches a game can he stop by my house I have a few projects LOL

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  3. I did the same thing with my backsplash and tiled it and then HATED it. Never again...... Beadboard rocks!

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  4. it looks great! I need a new backsplash... hmmm was going to tile it. I do NOT have a cottage(y) kitchen.
    I'm glad you've got it done!
    gail

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  5. I don't mean to sound like a tile snob...we simply chose the wrong tile for our kitchen. There is lots of beautiful tile out there. Thanks for all the great comments. My husband is taking all the credit ;}

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  6. I love beadboard and we have plenty of it in our 1880s home. I am curious, is it difficult to clean when used as a backsplash?

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  7. It can't be any more difficult than cleaning the tile that was on there. I really think (hope) it will be easy.

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  8. Rene,
    What a difference the beadboard made to the look of the kitchen! It just brighten the whole thing up! Love it!... Dee Dee

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  9. Wonderful job, Rene!! I love the clean, white look. I have open shelving with white subway tile and I am loving it.!!

    I need one of those Volunteer shirts for my hubby!! ;-)

    Happy holidays!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  10. The beadboard makes the kitchen....I have tuned out my gut many times in favor of 'trendy', and always regret it. The tile was nice, but your guy was right:)

    So glad you linked to Mi4M!
    cindy

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  11. I love this...did something very similiar in my kitchen!
    Just discovered your blog, looking forward to taking a peek through your archives first chance I get!

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  12. Much better :) Always follow your gut...it knows!!

    XOXO

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  13. I wouldn't have thought of bead board in the kitchen but it sure looks great!

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  14. Whoops!
    I do like the beadboard better, sometimes you just gotta do it...

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  15. Oh, I like it so much better. I want to do that, too.

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  16. This is what I hope to do. Yours came out gorgeous and the look is as cottagey as it can get! Yay for you and your volunteer sweety!
    :)
    Zuzu

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  17. Love the new feel. It really does go with your cottage. So true about instinct!
    -Angela

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  18. You just can't go wrong with beadboard. It looks great!
    ~Michelle

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  19. Wow. Amazing what that does to your kitchen. I love it!

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  20. so pretty! I love the after picture of your kitchen! Amazing!

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  21. wow, I like it. It makes the granite pop!!

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  22. We love our beadboard on our walls in the kitchen. And I hear you on the open shelving..I love mine. Stop by and take a look at how it all turned out for us after our summer/fall remodel.
    http://yarboroughhouse1929.blogspot.com/2009/12/finally-kitchen-reveal.html

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  23. I love it! The tile was nice, too, but I can tell the beadboard is a better look for the kitchen. Nice job!

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  24. now I'm wondering if I should change mine out. Looks good.

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  25. The tile was nice, but the beadboard is even better! We have beadboard in our kitchen too.

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  26. That looks beautiful! I love my beadboard backsplash! We've had our beadboard backsplash for a year now, and it isn't difficult to clean, so don't worry about that too much. Just enjoy! :)

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