Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kitchen Island Bead Board- How To

This is what our kitchen looked like in January of 2010.

DIY Tutorial Bead Board Kitchen

Bland.  The island needed something…and that something was bead board!

DIY Tutorial Kitchen 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!)
DIY tutorial bead board kitchen
  • We used window casing on the bottom in place of traditional trim and a decorative trim piece to cover nail holes on top.
010 DIY Tutorial kitchen bead board
  • I then filled in the nail holes and painted the edges.
  • And wah-lah, a pretty island.
Neither of us remembers the cost but it was pretty inexpensive.

Made any inexpensive upgrades in your kitchen?


  1. Love your kitchen and the bead board added SO much to the island!

  2. I love the beadboard! Such a simple idea with a lot of impact. Good work!

  3. Hi,
    I am your newest follower! I found your blog thur Wendy over at Relatively Unique. I have given you a shout out on my blog today! I tried your Cheeseburger Cup recipe from last month, for dinner last night! they were great!
    I have enjoyed exploring your blog! My daughter commented last night, that your home is beautiful!

    Love your kitchen project!
    Dee Dee

  4. Can't wait to try this on our island! my hubby and i were just thinking that ours is looking a little bland too. we were afraid that the beadboard would clash stylistically with the modern feel of the kitchen, but i like the design/pattern of the one you chose!

  5. That looks SOO awesome!! I just love beadboard! Thanks so much for linking up!!

  6. Love your beadboard! It makes a huge difference on your island. Nice work.

  7. Looks great! Really brightens up the space and makes it 'cottagey.'

  8. Not only did this treatment 'join' the bar to the kitchen cabinets. For some reason, it gives substance to the bar as well. Great job and terrific job explaining it.

  9. That beadboard is JUST what your kitchen island needed! It really makes the island feel more grounded and looks like a custom piece. Gorgeous!

  10. i love ANY kind of trims in a house. i am building a new house, and for the first time i am going to do all of the moulding i have always dreamed of having. My builder looked stunned when i told him crown moulding and wainscoting for Every room. even the laundry room! i can't wait to hug it all. I am still having to convince my builder there is no such thing as too much moulding. im sure the finished project will speak for its self. Too much moulding? thats like saying i have too many shoes! never!!! i am doing bead board on my island, and painting it a deep bright yellow (cabinets are white.) i think it will look fabulous! trish

  11. So pretty! What a great job on that island - giving it a little interest is just what it needed. I love your entire kitchen. I can't wait until ours is done. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work at the DIY party! :)


  12. Very nice! Your kitchen is gorgeous.

  13. Hey this looks great! We are doing our kitchen & beadboard has been recommended for our island too! I plan on painting mine black. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Looks amazing. Love the towel rod idea. I would love for you to share it on More The Merrier Monday's Link Party!!

  15. Beautiful job! I love the added interest it gives the island. (and I love white kitchens... so it is not hard for me to love yours!)

  16. I absolutely love your kitchen...and that finish to the beadboard really polished it up. Clever!

  17. What a fantastic job! Please add my button to your post as well. I really don't want to delete any this week, this is a fun party and I want to get word out. THanks so much. Hope you became a new friend of mine as well.

  18. Great tutorial!! That bead board makes all the difference!
    I'm here from debbie's party, and I'm your newest follower!!

  19. I love your kitchen photos! Thanks for sharing. (I didn't have time to start a blog until after my biggest projects were finished too. Oh well. Better late than never right?)

  20. Love the beadboard on the island, but I would love beadboard on anything. We put it in our kitchen and our bathroom as well as an apartment that we build for my mother. I am visiting from Debbie's Newbie Party and I am now a follower. Come visit me. My link at the party is #92.

  21. You have a beautiful kitchen. Adding the beadboard to the island really made a huge difference. Nice job!
    Stopping by from Debbiedoo's.

  22. Wow! This is fabulous. I just saved this in my file for future reference. It really took your space up a notch.
    Just found your lovely blog via newbie party. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back.
    Have a wonderful day!

  23. I just found your blog, love it! We, too, have a new construction home and it's crazy how much there is to do. I thought a blank canvas would be wonderful, but it's almost overwhelming! We have an island I'd love to beadboard as well, but we have wood trim in our we do it the stained wood color or could we paint it a fun color?

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