To get the authentic country cottage style in your kitchen you should seriously consider using beadboard on the walls. These tongue and groove boards provide a classic rustic look to the room. The smooth vertical lines provide a look that is aesthetically appealing to the eye and helps to set off the cabinets above the benches. It is not one of the more commonly used backsplash materials these days but it is still an effective option that will suit a variety of kitchen styles.
There are a couple of ways in which the beadboard look can be achieved. The first is to use the authentic boards that will cost a little more to buy and will take longer to install. The alternative is to buy sheets that have been inscribed to provide a finish that looks like beadboard. The second option will save you some time and money on the purchase and installation but the beadboard planks will give you the better looking finish.
The most commonly seen beadboard backsplash finish is one that has been painted either white or another light shade. When they have been newly installed they can give the room an impressive air. They can also be painted or stained to give them an even more decorative quality and this look is the reason why many people have chosen to use this type of surface in their kitchens again.
One of the problems experienced with a beadboard backsplash, particularly behind the sink and countertop areas is that anything that splatters onto the wall becomes lodged in the grooves and crevasses of the beadboard. It becomes quite difficult to clean and keep fresh looking. It may require frequent scrubbing just to remove anything that is caught on the wall from one meal preparation to the next. Cooking something that spatters or is prone to bubbling can quickly adhere to the beadboard wall. Spaghetti sauce or grease spatters from a deep fryer can be particularly difficult to remove while ensuring the wall surface remains undamaged.
Tactics to use to ensure your beadboard backsplash does not continually give you the problems of having to try to keep it clean will differ from kitchen to kitchen. But here are a few things you might want to consider if you are contemplating using it as a backsplash surface. Don’t use it around the sink or near the stove. If your food preparation area is isolated away from the walls, such as a kitchen island or a peninsula bench your beadboard backsplash will not be subjected to the more common spatter situations. If you are concerned that the boards butting up against the top of the benches will result in too much chance for stains to occur you have a couple of options. The first is to use a beadboard trim that will complete the look of the finish. The second is to edge your beadboard backsplash with some other material such as a ceramic or stone border tile.
To ensure your traditional beadboard backsplash is protected to provide it with some type of waterproofing it should be coated with clear polyurethane. There are other materials that are used to make the faux beadboard backsplash panels such as plywood or fibreboard.
Among all of the different types of non-tile backsplashes available such as stainless steel, glass and other wooden products, beadboard provides the most traditional look for the kitchen. As long as you are careful to keep the walls wiped down and cleaned it won’t be terribly difficult to keep them looking good.
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