Bland. The island needed something…and that something was bead board!
How’d we do it?
(We did this prior to blogging. I apologize for the lack of pictures!)
- We purchased beaded tongue and groove boards from Menards.
- We had originally planned to buy a sheet of bead board but neither of us was crazy about the look of the sheet. We preferred more of the classic tongue and groove look.
- Nate cut the boards (using a miter saw) to match the height of island.
- I primed and painted all of the boards before we hung them.
- We started on one end and nailed each board on top and bottom (and we used extra nails everywhere there was a stud for extra stability). Once a board was fully nailed we joined the next board and repeated until the corner.
- On the corners, we cut off the rounded edge of the groove..which left a little gap that we filled with a dowel rod and some caulk to simulate the bead. Easy disguise! (Looks like we need to re-caulk!)
- We used window casing on the bottom in place of traditional trim and a decorative trim piece to cover nail holes on top.
- I then filled in the nail holes and painted the edges.
- And wah-lah, a pretty island.
Made any inexpensive upgrades in your kitchen?