KITCHEN UPDATE ~ goodbye tile backsplash!

It’s been awhile since I caught y’all up on the kitchen situation. Well, the beadboard is kicking our butts!
I need to clarify that we (the LOML and myself) are novices when it comes to trim. We’ve hung some picture frame molding, beadboard, trimmed out our dining room centerpiece. But we are losing the battle of the trim and beadboard backsplash in our kitchen redo.
We were planning on covering the tile backsplash with the beadboard paneling and adding a little trim to complete the ends. In two places, we were going to bring out the beadboard past the tile and onto the wall to the end of the countertop like this:
Beadboard backsplash
Our tile stops where the cabinet ends. So we had to bring the wall out to be even with the tile. Does that make sense?? Here’s what we tried to do:
We nailed a piece of 1/2″ plywood to the wall. Then we were going to glue the beadboard to the tile and plywood. Well, the wall did not cooperate! It was so uneven, we couldn’t even get the board to stick. If one end stuck, the other end popped out. Oh brother! So we scrapped the plywood idea!

Here’s what we ended up doing:

FIRST we glued the bottom trim to the countertop up against the tile using clear Waterproof Silicone.

We’re using EverTrue 8′ Stain grade panel molding. It has a little ledge on the back where the beadboard will sit.

SECOND we glued the beadboard to the wall using PL Construction Adhesive.

THIRD we added the same trim to the top of the paneling just under the cabinet and a 1″ dowel to finish the edge.

FOURTH Two coats of white Sherwin Williams ProClassic gloss paint and it was complete.
And BEAUTIFUL!! But before I show you the BEFORE & AFTER, a few minor details…
We cut the outlet holes out of the paneling with a great idea I’ve seen many of you smart DIYers out there do. I painted the outlet with lipstick, put the paneling in place and pressed. Then we took the paneling off, and the lipstick told us exactly where to cut the holes. Clever, huh?
 We also added outlet spacers so the outlet cover would fit with the paneling.
FIFTH (and the funnest) is to accessorize!!
I found the cute saying at a street fair in our town, the apples are from WalMart, and the trifle bowl I’ve had forever.
I got the lamp at WalMart along with the sweet plant, and the calendar I got from a friend. A little before and after of the lamp below.
I spray painted with two coats of Valspar The Perfect Finish Satin paint in Everglade Glen. Then I sprayed with two coats of Valspar clear gloss.
I just had to buy these sayings when I saw them. So Sweet!

The baskets I’ve had forever. I can’t even remember where I bought them. And  the Key Lime candles I also bought at WalMart. They smell SO good!

I bought this drawer box from Lillian Vernon to organize all my kids’ school papers. Son #4 put two coats of the same paint we used for the cabinets. A little before and after again. After came first.

Okay, the final reveal. Now, so far we have just finished the desk area but wow what a difference. It’s so much more cheerful and bright and oh so clean!!

Here’s the BEFORE

And the beautiful AFTER!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed pictures of a part of my kitchen redo. I’m having so much fun!!

Good night!

Linking to The NY Melrose Family “Whimsy Wednesday”
The Shabby Creek Cottage “Transformation Thursday”
Hookin Up with HoH
Miss Mustard Seed “Furniture Feature Friday”
Tatertots & Jello “Weekend Wrap Up Party”
Addicted 2 Decorating “Addicts (not so) Anonymous Link Party
I heart naptime “Sundae Scoop Link Party”
Randee’s Organized Chaos “Sleepy but Sassy Linky Party”
Under the Table and Dreaming “Sunday Showcase Party”
Classy Clutter “Spotlight Saturday”
Skip to My Lou “Made By You Monday”
Not Just a Housewife “Show Me What Ya Got”
Pretty Handy Girl “The DIY Talent Parade Link Party”
Between Naps on the Porch “Metamorphosis Monday”
Beneath My Heart “Best DIY Projects of April Linky Party

Love ya,


  1. What a difference! You guys are amazing! I love it…..It has so inspired me to do the same. I hope Dennis feels the same!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I remember buying those sweet sayings/pictures with you at Lazy Days… I still treasure mine too 🙂 Your kitchen looks fantastic and I have really gotten some great ideas from you. Great job! Christy

  3. Anonymous says:

    It all looks gorgeous – you guys have done a wonderful job!!! Wish I could still just walk down the street and see it in person 🙁 Sandy Kosarski

  4. Brilliant!! I love how you did your new kitchen.. White and green blend perfectly

    Visiting from Whimpsy Wednesday
    Witha @

  5. love the white & green. it is beautiful

  6. Love the transformation. The open cabinets are staged beautifully. How can you not be happy with that pretty spring green color in the room?

  7. Thank you so much! I just finished painting the new pantry door the same color green. We hung the door last night and it really does cheer the room up! Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great weekend ~Linda

  8. This turned out beautifully! The white cabinetry is the perfect backdrop for all your green decor.

  9. Looks awesome!! White and green look great together, so nice and fresh
    xo Beck

  10. WOW!! Gorgeous! Found you at UTTAD! I’d love if you linked this up to my party going on now! I’m your newest follower! Follow back if you’d like! 😉 We love new bloggy friends!

    Hugs – Mallory & Savannah @ Classy Clutter

  11. Looks great! So bright & cheery now!

  12. You did SUCH a beautiful job!!!! i LOVE the transformation to pieces. Your sweet little touches with those signs make it nice and personal. And you can’t go wrong with green 🙂
    blessings to you!
    lauren @

  13. What a wonderful transformation! I know I should comment on the beadboard, but I really love the crisp, clean green and white color combination. You and your husband did a wonderful job.

  14. Wow! You did a fabulous job. I love the finished look. I’m a new follower too, and I would love if you stopped by for a visit and follow. Have a happy, creative week, Lori

  15. What a beautiful transformation! I love the white it sure does make a difference doesn’t it? It looks so bright and cheerful. Great job! Enjoy your newly designed space. Megan ~ your newest follower via Skip to My Lou’s link party.

  16. The transformation is amazing. I love how simple and clean the lines are. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wedenesdays! Stop back tonight because this will be featured!

  17. Very nice job – I love a white kitchen (My hubs and I just remodeled our house and our new kitchen is white also!)and green is my favorite color. Found you via the link party at T&J – would love if you would like to follow back!
    Hugs –

  18. What a great job you have done, such an improvement it has made to your desk area. The green color for your decor is great and really pops.

  19. Wow! Look at you! You did a really amazing job. It’s so much more functional now, I mean, I know I get more accomplished in a pretty space! haha

  20. This comment has been removed by the author.

  21. Linda, wow oh wow! You did a phenomenal job making over that desk area. And thank you for sharing how you handled the beadboard trim. It is so nice when other DIYers share ;-). Thanks for linking up to the DIY Talent Parade!

    • Brittany~Thanks so much. I love your blog!! Thank you for having the linking party. You’re helping my traffic so much. I really appreciate any help. By the way, I think we’re neighbors. Do you live in Raleigh? I live in Apex. Maybe one day you can teach me how to not fear all those big bad tools!! Thanks again~Linda

  22. This comment has been removed by the author.

  23. Hi,

    So glad I found your post, this is something I can tackle myself to cover my 6×6 tiles, yuck. Do you mind sharing which brand bead board you used. 

    • Hey Julie~ We bought the beadboard panels from Lowe’s. They came in 4×8 panels. I have no idea what brand they were. Very easy to find at any home improvement store. Good luck!! ~Linda

  24. Debbie Perkins says:

    Thanks for the info!.. I am going to add beadboard under my cabinets, paint it a darker shade of sage green. I have, wood, wood, wood, need something to change it up. The molding is just what I need. I plan on just shooting finishing nails to secure mine. I have discovered the magic of a saw, so I plan on doing it myself. (What is the sound that Tim Allen made?) haha. Your kitchen is beautiful, and it makes me tired thinking of all those kids. You wear a cape. 🙂

  25. Hi! I know been awhile since youve done this project, so I’m curious how its holding up. Anything you’d change? Thanks

  26. Thank you so much for featuring my kitchen desk makeover. I’m so honored!! ~Linda


  1. […] from Home is Where My Heart Is gave us another amazing kitchen renovation, by covering her tile backsplash with beadboard and trimming it out. Then she painted everything a bright white and accessorized with apple greens. […]

  2. Showcase A Memory Youve Made

    […] out all the ideas that are bouncing around in my head. Hope you enjoy your stay […]