Hey everyone! If you have been following the blog for a while then you know that my husband and I have been planning to redo our kitchen but we haven’t rushed into anything because we don’t know exactly what we want. Well, we are finally making some progress in that we have made a firm decision to start doing some serious planning! We have been getting nowhere just tossing out ideas, so I thought it might be good to document the ideas in blog posts and use the posts to sort of help us along in the process. I have always loved the timeless look of beadboard in a kitchen. I actually wouldn’t mind having it on our ceilings, cabinets or backsplash, or all three areas! Here are some photos I am using to help me sort through all the beadboard kitchen options.
When we first moved in five years ago we gave our wooden cabinets a DIY chalk paint makeover in a creamy antique ivory color. Our cabinets are similar to the ones in this photo and we are also hoping to give them a face lift by adding trim and corbels. I love how beadboad looks with this style and color of cabinetry. Another option is replacing the doors since our door style is alittle dated and the cabinets are in good condition.
I also love the idea of some type of undermount cabinet lighting like high bay led lights.
It’s important to have plenty of light on the countertops so you can cook safely. Under cabinet lighting is a great way to make sure that you can actually see what you are doing. You can also lighting for ambiance. Inexpensive strip lights are easy to install yourself, but they will make a huge difference.
Right now we still have the cheapy fake tile backsplash that was here when we bought the house. I painted it the same color as the cabinets so it doesn’t really stand out. I really love the look of tile but I am not sure about the maintenance. Of course there are easy ways clean up the grout work these days like handy dandy grout paint pens.
The breakfast nook area has an updated faux brick wall and it is the only part of the kitchen I really ever show on the blog or IG. I just realized the only full kitchen photos I have are from holidays. Here is a picture from this past Christmas showing the fake tile that is currently in our kitchen. The counter top is also near 30 years old so we will be replacing it. It is in decent enough shape to repurpose in the basement so that is a plus.
When we update the kitchen cabinets the ceiling will have to be changed as well since some of it will have to be removed during the renovation.
When we first moved in five years ago my husband covered the popcorn ceiling using wood panels and trim similar to the photo above. Popcorn ceiling removal is not too hard to do but with all of the attractive options for covering them these days we decided to go that route. It looked great for a while, but after he “beefed up” our living room ceiling with cofferred beams the kitchen ceiling seemed to look like an after-thought.
The ceiling in the living room is stained wood, and the kitchen ceiling is painted white. You can see straight into the kitchen from the living room, so we would rather have contrasting ceiling styles because right now it just looks like the kitchen ceiling trim hasn’t been finished out since it is so much less ornate than the living room. The kitchen ceiling doesn’t look bad on it’s own and it was a great option for covering the popcorn ceiling when we moved in, but my husband and I both agree that a different ceiling style would look better when we update the kitchen and we are leaning toward beadboard.
Right now our kitchen has too much clutter the goal is to make it seem more airy, open and light. I want to achieve a mix of farmhouse and French country styles in our new kitchen, so I think beadboard would be a great choice. It is a possiblity that we could keep the coffered trim and add beadboard panels inside each section. I think it would dress it up a lot. Since some of the trim is going to have to be torn out when the cabinets are reconfigured, I am not sure if this will be an easy upgrade, but it is an option.
I honestly love the look a simple beadboard ceilings and I think it is my first choice. I know my husband is not opposed to the idea because it is pretty easy to install and not nearly as time consuming as the other options. If I lean more toward French decor, farmhouse style, cottage style or even more of a historic-vintage look in the kitchen, the beadboard will be appropriate for any of those styles.
There are different sizes and widths of beadboard too, so we will probably get some samples to see which would look best in our kitchen.
One of my biggest home dreams is to create an opening from our kitchen to the patio. I would love some pretty french doors or even a sliding door. I have often seen patio style doors for next to nothing at the Habitat Restore. If I happened to find a sliding door needs that needs a little TLC it could be easily fixed by a sliding door repair company.
We are shooting to begin some type of remodeling in our kitchen beginning this fall. Over the next few months we will be busy gathering samples, taking measurements and taking some steps to making this kitchen makeover a reality. Deciding exactly what materials to use and what look we are going for is the hardest part. We also want to keep the makeover budget friendly so shopping around for the best prices and labor is also part of the process. Choosing a new countertop is also on the agenda. My husband will be doing a lot of the work but we are going to hire someone to install the countertops so all of that has to been taken into consideration with the budget planning.
We are shooting to begin some type of remodeling in our kitchen beginning this fall. Over the next few months we will be busy gathering samples, taking measurements and taking some steps to making this kitchen makeover a reality. Deciding exactly what materials to use and what look we are going for is the hardest part. We also want to keep the makeover budget friendly so shopping around for the best prices and labor is also part of the process. My husband will be doing a lot of the work but we are going to hire someone to install the countertops so all of that has to been taken into consideration with the budget planning.
What are your thoughts on using beadboard in the kitchen? I love hearing from you, dear readers!
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