How To Add Bead Board to Your Kitchen Cabinets!

Thank you so much for your wonderful response to my last post on my Kitchen Cabinets where I showed you how to paint your cabinets.

We are going to talk about applying bead board to your kitchen island … or to your bathroom cabinets … or to whatever you might want to apply it too…

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I love the look of bead board when it’s painted.  I love how these ones turned out.  Now that I’ve said that, I want to show you and take away the ‘fear’ of making little cuts to make your board FIT your cabinet.

IT’S NOT HARD!!!

You need a JIGSAW to make this easy on yourself.

But another TIP I can provide to you is to use these blades … BOSCH T101A0 {I got them at Lowe’s}.  They’re like a ‘scroll’ blade which will make your cuts easy and CLEAN!

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You should really pay attention to the type of blade you use as it can really make or break your project.  I love these blades because it makes such a clean cut and didn’t mess up my paint job.

You’ll thank me!

Moving on…

You may have quarter rounds or baseboards around where you want to apply your bead board.  I made sure to score the floor to board area with a sharp ‘x-acto’ knife so that when I pried the quarter round off that it wouldn’t pull up any sealant applied to the flooring.

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I used a small pry bar to GENTLY pry the quarter round away from the island.  The nails were straight through to the island rather than to the floor {which is the proper way … into the island}.  It pulled off so easily and all in one piece

… not saying that’ll happen always …

I think was beginner’s luck so hopefully that will be you too!

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Once that is off, you’re ready to make a template … the easy way …

I simply took a piece of paper and lined it up along the floor and the cabinet edge … LUCKY ME … it was square!  So I just ran my finger along the edges where I wanted to make a cut.  I then penciled it so I could see it nicely.

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Cut it and made sure it was right … measure twice … cut once!

THEN …

putting it my template on the WRONG side of my bead board and in the CORRECT corner, I traced where I wanted to cut.

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Using a jigsaw with the scroll blade, I went ahead and made my cut.

For the other end of the island, it has an electrical outlet!!  AHHHHHH … NOT TO WORRY.

Again, I went ahead and made a template using a piece of paper.  I simply line it up to the TOP corner of the cabinet and it reached the top of the electrical outlet.  So, I kind of used my ‘creative mind’ and guess-timated the opening.  Not cool to some, but, it actually worked for me.  BUT, I lined up the bead board along side the electrical outlet and marked on the BACK of it where the top and bottom of the outlet hit.  I used these markings to help me line it up and made sure I made the correct cuts.

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Moving on … this is really cool …

I used a DRILL to make a hole in the center and then used my jigsaw to make my cuts.  I just stuck the drill blade in the hole and started to make an ‘X’, corner to corner.

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Another GREAT attribute to this little ol’ blade is that it makes the tightest corners while cutting.  So it was pretty easy to make my cuts from corner to corner.  The blade is not thick or wide, so it’s pretty easy to turn within the little cuts in the wood.

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Peek a Boo!!!!

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Ah, I’m in LOVE!!!

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Okay, here’s the other side  with the electrical outlet …

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And they will be adhered with Liquid Nails … a dah-lop here there and everywhere.  I’ll use tiny little finishing nails along the edges and bottom.  The little nail heads will be hidden by the quarter rounds and the corner casings I’ll apply after the mosaic is installed.  It’ll be a clean look.

OH, and you can also purchase little ‘devices’ to ‘push’ out the electrical outlet as well!  I still have to but some from Lowe’s, but I wanted to mention it to you so you know about them.

It’s all coming together!!

LOVING IT!!!

I’m so glad I’m tackling this beast of a kitchen!  It’s going to be ROCKIN’ when I’m done!!!

Now, I guess it’s just the mosaic that I have to finish, er, I mean, START.  It’ll go right here…

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WOOT!

Check out the completed kitchen makeover here.  It’s pretty awesome, if I don’t say so myself!!!

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Comments

  1. WOW! It looks amazing! I love the blue color. Definitely will use your tutorial someday when we find a house!
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  2. What a great idea! Stopped by via Haven Mavens! Thanks so much for sharing!
    xo
    Virginia
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  3. Good tutorial. Your good on your power tools especially on those jigsaw cutter.

    Lena
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  4. Nice job, that looks great!! It’s amazing how a little DIY could make that look sooo much better!!
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  5. Loving the blue color choice! I need to add beadboard to my cabinet bases…our cabinets have absolutely no detailing. They are the boring-est cabinets EVER. I’ll have to pin this for when I get around to doing this myself. THANKS!!
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  6. Wow, you are quite handy with the power tools. They make projects easier to complete. Watch it because one you learn how to use a few, you’ll never stop thinking of other projects to do.
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