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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Board and Batten Kitchen Backsplash

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Board and Batten Kitchen Backsplash

You all know that I've been tormented lately about our back splash. Tormented, I tell you. It keeps me up at night. We I have been throwing around several ideas that just never came to fruition, for many reasons. Too white, too ugly, too much money, too ugly, too much beadboard, too much money, too much money.... get it?!

So, Tuesday afternoon I just started painting. I painted it the same color as the cabinets. Then I saw these in our garage. They were strips of wood that were left over from having to rip 1x3 to make 1x2 for the bookshelf. I kept them because I had big plans for some flexible wood artwork on the wall....hmmm...never got to that....

Lightbulb! Board and Batten back splash. No idea if I had enough or how I was going to do it, or if it was going to look okay, but I did it anyway!

And I took pictures along the way just to document the insanity that is me. Now, you will either like it or you won't. There's no wishy-washy feeling on this one. You either think it looks cool, or you think it looks a little like the old drop down basement ceilings....you choose. Please choose the first.

Whenever I do something dramatic like this I always wait to form my opinion until the next day when I have fresh eyes.

I started by nailing a strip to the base of the shelves and right above the counter. Can't leave the tv unplugged!

Then I measured it all the way around and spaced strips every 21 inches. That's what it came out to. Roughly. I used a tiny level to make sure they were straight and nailed them in.

Thank you pneumatic nailer and compound sliding miter saw.

After that I filled holes and areas that weren't quite perfect. Although there weren't very many of those....ha. Who am I kidding, there were tons.

I capped off the ends with a piece as well. Here I actually had to separate that end piece because the cover overlapped and it didn't work. It looks good now though. 

And now, here it is. Please ignore the almond colored face plates, outlets and switches. Those will be replaced on my next trip to HD.

It is a shame that it is so hard to see!

Is anyone else saying in their head, "she really should paint that trim on the window now. It would look so much better." Because that's what I'm saying!

Here it is again....I am really liking how it turned out. Like I said, I came down the next day and I was sold. And - it was totally and completely free. FREE!

So...hit me with it....what do you think? Should I paint that window? Should I tear it all down and start over? I can't believe I'm throwing this out there....eh....I asked for it....

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Blogger The Smiths said...

Hey- i like it. price couldn't be better and it fills that akward(sp?) space. really, it looks good. Does it show up better in real life?

And paint the neglected window. NOW.


April 3, 2010 at 6:35 AM  
Blogger Ruby Red Slippers said...

I love it-and paint the window!:)

April 3, 2010 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I think you should leave it up and see what you think in a month. Sometimes things have to grow on me. I do think you should paint the one window. What do you think about doing black glaze on the backsplash so it contrasts a little with the cabinets and it goes with your counter tops? Just a thought. Not sure if it would work. Maybe do a piece of wood and trim and lay it up against the backboard before you actually do it. I am proud of how you did that project. Wow.

April 3, 2010 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Connie said...

What did it look like before? (perhaps I missed something?) I know what you mean...sometimes I do things and aren't completely convinced I absolutely LOVE it until it's been up for a while. I think it looks nice and fresh and free is my kind of price. I do agree though...paint the window and change out the switchplates for sure. If you keep it for a month and decide you want something else...nothing lost but some of your time.

April 3, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Rustique Gal said...

Kirsty, it looks GOOD. I love how you just dig in and do these things! I might like a bit of color on it, but maybe not. I'd paint the window too!

April 3, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger anita said...

I'm glad you mentioned painting the window! I know you weren't going to go down that road but I think it will look good in here! I also think the white outlets will make a huge difference since they stick out right now. We are doing the same here. Slowly replacing. Good work! Oh, I really want that piece of milk glass, the one in the middle. ;)

April 3, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kirsty, great project, love the way you simply dug in -- seems like your projects always end up being "spot on"! I would paint the window frame white, but I'm wondering -- does the trim match the baseboard in the house? What kind of window treatment are you going to do? But still -- I think I would paint the window trim white. Happy Easter!

April 3, 2010 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Bon said...

Love the new back splash. It looks fresh and bright! I say yes to the window seal too! Paint it a bold color...something to make it pop....whatever color is your accent in decor accessories would look great!!

April 3, 2010 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Frugal Home Designs said...

Great project. I love when I find something in the garage that can become something else without a lot of money.

April 3, 2010 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Kolein said...

If you paint the window, what color would you paint it? White?

Do you have rose in your kitchen? I noticed the hanging light fixture in the last photo looks rose. Does it just look that color in the shot?

I think overall it looks terrific and like I've said 4,768 times....how do you do ALL of this???

April 3, 2010 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Kirsty said...

Do I make it sound like I'm still wishy-washy on it? Because I am not. I think it looks great. I wish the photos showed the lines better. It looks so much better in person.

I just need to change out all of the switches and plugs.

I would probably paint the window white to match. But the trim in the rest of the house is oak, which is why I haven't changed it yet. I can't decide what to do, so it's going to stay for awhile like that.

All our light fixtures are this rusted metal looking color. I liked them for awhile, but now I would like them to be different....Argghh!

Thanks for all the suggestions and encouragement!

April 4, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger FabShabbyRoses said...

Hi Kirsty! Love what you did to the kitchen! And the price is perfect! I have a question I hope you will answer. What type of paint do you use when you're redoing all the furniture you do? I have a couple of little tables I want to paint for my daughter. Solid wood that needs to be sanded down and then paitned. What should I use? Thank you so much! Carolyn

April 5, 2010 at 5:24 AM  

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