Bead board as facing on kitchen cabinets?

Patty Gillie
by Patty Gillie
My old cabinets are old & original, probably handmade. Have painted twice & will need painted again soon. Was wondering if anyone has used bead board as a facing on cabinets & drawers? Since they are flat & plain thought this would give them am updated look. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated !
bead board as facing on kitchen cabinets, Bottom cupboards drawers Have 3 large cabinets on top
Bottom cupboards & drawers. Have 3 large cabinets on top.
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  • Bernice H Bernice H on Nov 14, 2016
    I don't know...but I want to know also! We just bought a house with the same cabinets. They need updating but too many other projects to get new doors. I hope there are some good suggestions...thanks for posting!
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    • Melissa V Melissa V on Nov 19, 2016
      Make that four!🙂 telling how many layers of paint on my cabinets and after ten years I haven't thought of an affordable way to make them not look like just painted plywood.
  • Linda Linda on Nov 14, 2016
    I believe the idea is stunning but then my practical self steps in and says doors just end up sticky or dirty and I clean mine a lot (don't have moldings) but with the cracks in bead board you may have difficulty cleaning. Not meant to discourage such a great idea. Perhaps if you leveled out the cracks in the bead board with a clear caulk? Then you could have the look without trying to clean in the cracks. Just a thought
    • Patty Gillie Patty Gillie on Nov 14, 2016
      Thanks Linda never gave that a thought but I love the look of beadboard & thought it might be an inexpensive way to update the cabinets .
  • Barb Barb on Nov 15, 2016
    Could try breadboard wall paper.
  • Karen Morin Karen Morin on Nov 15, 2016
    There are hundreds of beadbord ideas pinterest and a YouTube video how to do it.
  • Terri Terri on Nov 15, 2016
    The right patterned contact paper, inside hinges, and different pulls could work wonders.
  • Juniah Juniah on Nov 15, 2016
    Many years ago, I had flat white cabinets that were boring. I took a thin molding and made "panels" on each door and painted the inside blue. White was the outside of the panel. I love beadboard and have put it in many places in my house including long hallways, bathrooms, etc. I used the beadboard at the ends of the cabinets for a finished look and also for a back splash. I don't have any pictures to show you since I sold the house last year.
  • Lea Swenson Lea Swenson on Nov 16, 2016
    Definitely can use bead board and small moulding for trim. However, a simpler and more cost effective idea (as someone else mentioned) is the paintable wallpaper. It holds up very well after it is painted and you can not tell the difference. New hinges and pulls will make them look amazing, to finish it off.
    • Patty Gillie Patty Gillie on Nov 16, 2016
      Thank you Lea! My only concern with the wallpaper, especially on the bottom cabinets is wear. Have small grandchildren and those cabinets get wiped down often
  • Longportion Longportion on Nov 16, 2016
    I have glued and nailed beadboard paneling on old IKEA end tables. Trimmed them out with thin molding, new paint, and added new knobs.
  • Lea Swenson Lea Swenson on Nov 16, 2016
    They do hold up well after painting, however, I understand your concern with wee ones around. You would not want to have to re-do them. Use the beadboard for your peace of mind. If you need to update your countertops, a wonderful product is Giani. I have used it dozens of times and it holds up very well.
  • Mary Mitchell Mary Mitchell on Nov 16, 2016
    Try outlining the cabinet doors with lattice strips and then filling in the center with the bead board. Lattice strips are very thin and don't overpower the cabinet. Sorry, lots of cutting! It looks like your drawers have beveled edges, so the lattice strips won't work unless you use fill in behind them with some good spackling.
    • Patty Gillie Patty Gillie on Nov 17, 2016
      Great idea ! Yes the drawers are slightly beveled & will be more work. Hopefully next year I'll have the time to work on them. Thank you for your input !
  • Trudy Trudy on Nov 16, 2016
    I had a bead board backsplash once. It looks wonderful but, if you are a cook and/or have messy grandkids, food and whatnot gets stuck in the grooves and it is difficult to clean. You can't just wipe it off, you have to use a brush and scrub vertically.
  • Kayte Kayte on Nov 17, 2016
    I refaced my cabinets with beadboard about two years ago and love the cabinets now! (Mine were the very outdated 70's style.) I think it would work really well on yours. You can take a look at how I did mine here, if you'd like:
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    • Kayte Kayte on Nov 17, 2016
      I had to reuse my existing hardware. You can make it work if you need to. :) Have fun!
  • Sarrah Sarrah on Nov 17, 2016
    I just got done doing my daughters cabinets. Refacing them with beadboard. I used trim around the edges and put beadboard in the middle of trim. I sealed the inside edges with caulking and primed and painted. I used wood filler to fill in the tiny gap around the edges of trim and doors to make it appear as one piece. I haven't hung the doors yet, so attached is a picture of s door after I primed it.
  • Lacy Lacy on Nov 17, 2016
    Have not tried this but I have seriously thought about it. They have bead board wall paper and you could put in on top then add trim around edges. May be easier to clean also I believe you can paint it too.
  • Sarrah Sarrah on Nov 17, 2016
    I used liquid nails and then some finishing nails around the corners. Filled and sanded. Only think I would do different is use the real wood beadboard panels vs the primed paperbacked ones. It the same cost, but when using the finishing nails to secure it you won't have to do as much sanding to get a smooth finish. The trim is hemlock baseboard trim I got at lowes. You could make your own, but this was a quick and easy way to do it. To get the best finished edges, I would make sure you do a 45 degree cut on the corners.
  • Sarrah Sarrah on Nov 17, 2016
    Oh and thank you.
  • Patty Gillie Patty Gillie on Nov 17, 2016
    Thanks all ! A lot of great ideas from so many. Hopefully by next year I'll have what looks like a new kitchen !
  • Susan Caswell Susan Caswell on Nov 18, 2016
    Does the bead board make the door heavier? I have similar cupboards. I was thinking doing a duck tape thingy,like what has been shown on here. But I really like the idea of bead board.
  • Brook Hauck Crowell Brook Hauck Crowell on Nov 18, 2016
    I have it on my kitchen island and I find it hard to clean. If you do use it, make sure the stripes are vertical and not horizontal. Those grooves really hold the dirt.
  • Wendy Durant Wendy Durant on Nov 19, 2016
    We had the exact cabinets in our 1950's home.y husband cut wainscoting and trimmed it out for the doors. We kept the drawers plain. We then painted with Quiet Shore by Behr.
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    • Ann Smitt Ann Smitt on Nov 20, 2016
      Beautiful transformation. I ordered Shaker-style doors from Home Depot to replace our 1950's flat, wood doors. Our doors couldn't be salvaged, the house was vacant for years before we bought it.
  • Jeri Williams Jeri Williams on Nov 19, 2016
    I would do it and add trim around the outside kind of shaker style
  • Jane Jane on Nov 19, 2016
    Check out this blog Her kitchen looked very much like yours and look at the transformation without bead board...just a little flat trim. Beautiful.
    • Patty Gillie Patty Gillie on Nov 19, 2016
      Thank Jane! Very helpful ! Maybe I'll skip the beadboard (for cleaning sake) and just do the trim & paint & new hardware. Question.. the hinges on your original cabinets look very similar to what I have, exposed. On the new cabinets don't see the hinges. What did you use? and was it difficult installing the new hinges?
  • Holly Holly on Nov 20, 2016
    Use the wallpaper version. Easier to work with and cheaper. After the paper is on, trim with thin strips of wood for the shaker look.
    • Trudy Trudy on Dec 02, 2016

      I used some paintable wallpaper in my bathroom and I loved the look, BUT it was not durable. Every little bump (from a fingernail, toothbrush, etc.) would cause a divot, and the white behind it would show.

  • Jane Jane on Nov 20, 2016
    I didn't mean to imply that that post was my kitchen. Just one that I liked very much. The photos seem to show the trim being applied right over the hinges. You could probably contact that sweet couple for more info. Glad you liked the idea. I have trim on my painted cabinets and even that is harder to keep clean than the smooth plain doors. I think it's worth the extra cleaning for the great look in the kitchen. Good luck on yours.
  • Linda Andrews Linda Andrews on Nov 28, 2016

    When I purchased my new home, the cabinets were made with beadboard. I love them. Easy to keep clean, and I needed a storage cabinet to put kitchen appliances in when not in use, so I went to Lowe's and found the perfect one in white to match my cabinets. So beadboard is a good way to finish cabinets.

  • Bronwyn Newman Bronwyn Newman on Dec 01, 2016

    I would just use trim. The more nooks and crannies the more maintenance. Remove doors, fill holes. Paint with super high gloss enamel with a dark colour. Deep navy, black, charcoal ECT (spills and scuff marks won't show or stain as easily) but please, not red. Red induces hunger. If also affects moods. Too much can affect you in all the ways you don't want to be affected when standing that close to the fridge. That is why it is so prominent in fast food logos and their restaurants. Paint trim in a 1/2 or 1/4 of a contrasting colour or simply white, to add depth or texture if that is something you are looking for. Or just paint in the same colour if the trim adds enough for your taste. Change out hardware to something more appropriate for the new look. The draws are tiny so a single pull should be enough and you won't have to try cleaning behind long tiny handles and will be enough for the cabinet doors too. Different knobs in the same colour add interest but not so for same knobs in different colours. Personally, I love the crystal ones you get off eBay for about AU$10 for 30.