When I started this whole kitchen makeover, I knew this wasn't going to be one of those major renovations, where we spend a lot of money, hire people to help us do the stuff we don't know how to do, get new counters (I wish), new floors (I double wish). It was one of those things that start off in my head, don't let me rest until I do something about it, but don't have a huge budget kinda deals. You know, my specialty;). The kitchen wasn't broke, so in my dear husband's eyes, we didn't need to fix it. (translation: I got the green light to make changes, as long as they didn't involve us not being able to pay the mortgage, or school tuition, or grocery bill).
So not having a huge budget, and not having a huge amount of tools (or knowledge of said tools even if I had them), I came up with the idea of creating a beadboard backsplash...out of wallpaper. Yup. For $20 and a few hours this weekend, I have a 'backsplash' and no tools needed! ANYONE and I repeat, ANYONE can do this project, and it looks JUST like the real deal, people! I am a
Then I primed the space, all ready to get the wallpaper up. And I had an idea. In the not too distant future, I reeeealllly want a new countertop. Maybe butcher block. Maybe marble. Maybe something. I have no attachment whatsoever to our current one, so I asked my neighbor if she had a pry bar, and she did. And within seconds, this happened...The counter went from this:
Alright, are you ready for these confusing, complicated steps for applying beadboard wallpaper? Fasten your seat belts, you're in for it...
1. Cut your wallpaper to desired size.
3. Fold both sides in, so the paste is touching (this is called 'activating' on the package instructions;)
5. Use a razor edge to remove excess wallpaper.
6. Just repeat these steps, and be sure not to overlap pieces. That's it.
7. After 24 hours, paint whatever color you want! I used a gloss white. Here it is!
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Notice the trim where the wall meets the counter:
I can't say enough about this wallpaper. So easy to apply, and looks so great. What an impact for such a small cost - the roll cost $19.97 at Lowe's, and I've still got a ton left over.
Oh, and another bonus - the instructions said this paper all comes off in one sheet when ready to remove! So for crazy people like me, who change their mind every 5 seconds, and will probably want to do another makeover in the next 6-12 months, it's a great alternative to a more permanent backsplash.
So if you're looking for a quick, easy, inexpensive way to spruce up any area of your home, give beadboard wallpaper a try. Whoever thought of this wacky idea is a genius, I tell you. GENIUS!