Is beadboard safe for a backsplash?

by Schwarzy
I have been working on my kitchen for a couple weeks now and want to put a beadboard backsplash up. My fiance likes the idea but is worried about putting it behind out stove. Is it flammable? Will it warp? Is it safe in general as a backsplash? We have a built-in range. I added some pics of the range for a better visual of what I'm working with.
Is the beadboard safe here as a backsplash?
  10 answers
  • Love the idea of beadboard. Where you stove is located is a tight space. How about beadboard for the rest of the backsplash and just for the stove area use something easier to clean?

  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on Jun 02, 2018

    I don’t think the boards would be flame retardant. Have you considered using the tin look tiles you can get at Lowe’s and Home Depot?

  • Mamabear318 Mamabear318 on Jun 02, 2018

    Beadboard would be great except for that area around the stove. A good EXTERIOR paint should make it durable for what any kitchen can dish out. For the stove area I would find some kind of stone glass etc. Big box stores carry them in 12x12 sheets that are super easy to install with mastic, then grout. There are also many "peel and stick types, just be sure they are not plastic or something flammable. Have fun with it.

  • Jackie Emerald Jackie Emerald on Jun 02, 2018

    Not sure if the beadboard would be fire retardant enough for next to a stove with no raised back on it. Maybe a different surface for that area, if you really want the beadboard? It may look a little choppy though to have 2 different backsplashes going on. The beadboard would probably be durable enough if you use a good, scrubbable paint. I'd go for enamel, but not right next to the stove. I think any texture on a backsplash makes it challenging to keep clean - be it grooves in the boards from beadboard or even fancy metal tile that is embossed. I love my shiny white subway tile, didn't get the expensive no maintenance grout - and even then it has been so easy to keep clean. No stains at all after 4 years of more than daily cooking.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 02, 2018

    I would use the plywood or wooden bead board and paint it with marine epoxy paint to ensure its waterproof and washable. Then over the stove I would do an inset of either tile or tin ceiling tiles would go with the bead board real well.... they also have maple and oak beadboard paneling.

  • William William on Jun 02, 2018

    Not behind or on the right side of the stove. It's too close the the wall on the right anyway. Who in the world put it there? Kind of surprised it passed codes.

  • Ann Ann on Jun 02, 2018

    I agree with both these DIY ers. Fire and water are the two things to worry about In a kitchen. If not sealed properly, wood will absorb moisture leading to mold or mildew. I have beadboard ceilings in the kitchen, but subway tile as the only backsplash. Another option is to cut 3-4’. pieces of beadboard and nail them up as wainscotting. I did that all around the first floor of my beach house and it cost me practically nothing since I got all the boards from a house bring demolished. Love it.

  • Andra Andra on Jun 08, 2018

    I'll echo what the others are saying. Behind the stove, how about putting some clear glass (high temp) over the beadboard to protect it?

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Jun 08, 2018

    You can buy vinyl bead board that is waterproof. Google vinyl bead board.

  • Schwarzy Schwarzy on Jun 11, 2018

    So the beadboard is ok as long as it's 3" from the heat source. But I'm still leary. So I'm going to try tiling for the first time. Here's a sample of the pattern I'm going to use.

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