Kitchen Progress: Phase 1

{tongue and groove beadboard installed}

{first coat of primer on}

Adam took some time off over the holidays, so we got started on Phase 1 of our kitchen makeover (naturally). We took a chisel and hammer to the rest of the dusty rose tile backsplash we inherited with the house and Adam installed tongue and groove beadbord planks, which he also ran up the backs of the upper cabinets. He also brought our kitchen outlets up to code by installing GFCIs. Then we caulked all the seams, sanded the cabinets and primed everything. Next up: we paint.

So far, I'm really happy with how it's turning out (sorry for the crappy iPhone photos - a lot of the work happens in the evening, after The Bean goes to bed). I wouldn't choose beadboard for my dream kitchen, but the look works with our existing cabinets and I can't believe how much it's already transformed the space (again, sorry for the crappy photos). We tried the open cabinets for awhile before committing to the beadboard and I don't think I could go back to doors now, at least not in our tiny kitchen.

My inspiration is a cross between this:


and this:


Although Adam and I still haven't agreed on a colour for the lower cabinets. Phase 2 will involve trimming out and painting the lower cabinets, doing something about the ugly countertop and replacing the faucet. There are a few big projects planned for Phase 3 (new exterior door, new flooring, a dishwasher!!!), but I'm trying not to think about that too much right now. Gotta finish Phase 1 first.


  1. Ooh looking good! I know it may be hard to convince hubby but I say go for the two tone look. If our cabinets weren't new but rather we were painting I would try to convince mine to see how beautiful it really is. Sometimes they just can't see our visions though :)

  2. Wow what a transformation already. What colours are you thinking about for your cabinets?

  3. So exciting!! i LOVE that second inspiration photo - can't wait to see how your kitchen turns out!

  4. The colour for the uppers is called 'Hint of Grey', think a barely grey white. Not decided on the lowers yet - I'm leaning towards a dark blue-grey, but my husband wants a lighter blue. We'll see!

  5. My husband admits that he's very bad at picturing the final product. I usually show him a picture to get him kind of on board and most projects end with him admitting that my crazy idea looks pretty good ;) Luckily he's down with two-toned cabinets, now we just need to agree on a colour!

  6. Thanks - hopefully I'll be able to share the fully painted version soon!

  7. How fun! I just love seeing an idea come to life. I LOVE the colour of the lower cabinets in the second image. What are you leaning towards? xo

  8. Oh I just saw you answer below! I vote darker on the bottom rather than the lighter blue! Keep us posted :)

  9. Great change, even now that the beadboard is still unpainted the the kitchen looks completely different! I like the beadboard inside the cabinets so much.
    And my vote is for dark blue-gray cabinets on the bottom.

    I'm sure you eventually will love this kitchen :-)

  10. barbara @hodge:podgeJanuary 3, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Looking good! I would also vote for a dark blue-grey for the bottoms!

  11. I just told my husband he's been out-voted :)

  12. Thank you so much! I'm starting to feel that way too :)

  13. Haha, just told my husband that he's been out-voted!

  14. oh, the white and green kitchen looks so pretty, i probably can't bear to cook in it. The more practical one will be the one with the dark blue cabinets on the bottom :)


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