Update your kitchen back splash tile with bead board


If your kitchen back splash is very dated and you don’t have a budget to replace it, what do you do? Well, follow along as I share with you how we updated our kitchen for under $100

When we moved into our house it was very dated. The home has great bones and we love the open concept. I’m not a fan of orange oak, so we painted out everything we could. The kitchen makeover started with removing a cabinet blocking the view into the rest of the house. Then we painted out all the cabinets. However, we did not have a budget for replacing the counter tops or back splash.




The counters I could deal with, they are a nice quality granite. But the tile was making me crazy! After some research and style inspiration perusing, I decided I loved the look of bead board. It’s very classic and fresh & has a little farmhouse feel to it.

The thought of having to remove all that tile and how much work would be involved was a little daunting. So, we decided to just leave it and go right over the top of it!

Here’s how we installed bead board over the tile:


  • Bead board sheets (we only used 1 and 1/2)
  • liquid nails
  • poster board
  • caulk
  • finishing nails
  • trim (we used 3/4 inch round & a decorative piece on the ends for edging)
  • paint (we used Benjamin Moore Simply White

1- I used poster board to create a template. Bead board comes in 4’x8′ sheets. Our back splash was not consistent all the way around, there are a lot of corners . I made a template every 4′ starting from the left and going all the way to the end. Remove your outlet plates first so you can cut those out as well. This way you know exactly where your outlets are.


2- Cut your pieces using your templates with a jigsaw. Be sure to hold them up each time to ensure you have cut them correctly.


3- Apply liquid nails directly onto the tile.




4-Place your bead board piece on top of the tile/glue press and hold a few minutes. (it doesn’t take long for it to adhere). Be sure to check that it’s lined up correctly in areas where your outlets are.


5- Add your trim. (we used 3/4 ” round for bottom of back splash & decorative trim for the ends

6- Caulk any areas with gaps. We found that trim & caulk will hide a multitude of “booboos”…we had several! Once you apply the caulking, everything will look clean and finished

7- Paint the bead board your desired color. We used Benjamin Moore Simply White in satin.


And that’s it! A very simple & inexpensive project. This took us one day to apply it all and then we painted the next day.







Overall I’m thrilled with how the project turned out. It was inexpensive and fairly easy for a “non carpenter” to do. So what do you think? Feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment on thoughts! As always, thanks for stopping by, I’m so glad to have you xoxo

September 13, 2017

  1. Denise says:

    I love this idea! I might consider this we don’t have any backsplash at all and are on a budget.

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Oh that would be a great and simple way to update the kitchen then. It really is an easy project and you can’t beat the price!
      Thanks so much for visiting my blog and let me know if you end up doing the bead board. I’d love to see it.
      xoxo ~Deborah

  2. Rhonda Heft says:

    Wow, that’s beautiful!!! What a difference. You are so talented and have a great eye for decorating.
    I love how bright and elegant the kitchen looks.

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Rhonda,
      Thank you so much, It’s amazing what some white pain and a different texture can do for a room. You are so kind and I appreciate your sweet compliment! So glad you stopped by and hope you’ll visit more! xoxo

  3. Deb says:

    What color is on the kitchen walls?

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      The walls are Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. The cabinets and trim are Simply White by Benjamin Moore as well.
      Thanks for stopping by…
      xoxo ~Deborah

  4. txbittons@verizon.net says:

    Hi There,
    Yeas absolutely. The walls in the main area of my house are Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore in eggshell finish. The cabinets and trim are Simply White also by Benjamin moore in satin finish.

  5. Happy Hiller says:

    Looks good! I like it!

  6. HomesCute says:

    Wow!! I love what you have done to your kitchen and those back splashes are just tremendous for the kitchen. I like how you have mentioned the step-by-step guide to install that back splash. Thank you for sharing this. I would love to use this idea for my small kitchen.
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  7. Edward brown says:

    Yeah its turn out to be perfect something I think I should also try 🙂

  8. david hussy says:

    Very skillful thanks for sharing I will try making something like this in future

  9. Lisa Bryant says:

    What an absolutely beautiful transformation!!! I love the look of your white cabinets and beadboard backsplash together. It looks like a whole new kitchen. Great job! I am hoping to buy my mother’s house from my siblings as soon as I graduate nursing school and am seriously thinking about beadboard backsplash and maybe one wall of it as well to add texture and character. Thanks for sharing!

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