How to Install a Beadboard Backsplash
A beadboard backsplash can provide an excellent look for your kitchen no matter what theme you are going for. The installation of beadboard is much easier than tile, and you can still get the same finished feel from the material. If you are an ace carpenter or just a beginning do-it-yourselfer, you can tackle this project with ease. Follow the steps below to see how.
Step 1 - Measure the Backsplash
To start off, measure the area you want the backsplash to cover and make the corresponding marks on the beadboard. Make sure that you measure in such a the way that allows the vertical grooves of the beadboard to be level. Just setting it horizontally on the counter top may not do that.
Step 2 - Cut the Beadboard
Use a table saw to cut along the marks you made on the beadboard. If you are unsure of a measurement, it is always wise to make the board too big and then just trim it down once it's up. Wear eye protection during this step to void getting dust in your eyes. Make sure to accommodate for outlet cutouts before you glue anything to the wall.
Step 3 - Adhere the Beadboard to the Wall
Apply some liquid nail to the back of the beadboard. Try to do this in an up and down zig-zag to cover the board. Once you have the adhesive on the back, take the beadboard and press the glued side to the wall. Take your level and make sure, once again, that the vertical grooves are level. If there is a small gap at the bottom, don't worry about it. You can cover that with molding.
Step 4 - Nail in the Board
For an extra level of adhesion, you'll want to screw the beadboard in place. Just use a small drill and make holes in the groves so that they are less obvious. Once you have the holes, put the nails in accordingly. Your board should now be secured to the wall.
Step 5 - Put the Molding around the Edges
Use the molding as trim between the cabinets and the top of the backsplash. Adhere it with some of the liquid nails or with a brad nailer. Cut it with a table saw ahead of time. Frame the rest with edge molding as needed.
Step 6 - Fill in Holes
Use your wood filler to cover up the nail holes and any other divots you may find. You can also use caulk to fill in the cracks, especially around the molding. Finish everything off with a coat of paint or wood stain and your backsplash is complete.