Before & After Bliss: Beads of Time

So yesterday’s post was just a teaser to get people to actually leave me comments on my webpage (it’s like Christmas morning whenever we get a comment – yii!).  But here is the answer to our first little secret: we created a Time Capsule!  We felt very Ancient Egyptian while doing it.  But here’s the time capsule in full glory with The Magsters serving as sentinel in front of our nubile hieroglyphics.


If you can’t read it, it just essentially says a few things about the day we covered up our sad drywall backed kitchen island: the date, current president, who we are, as well as our personal favorite TV shows – we were feeling pretty unoriginal.  The other reveal is (and some people guessed it right) that we knocked off one more project on our list; we installed beadboard on the back of our kitchen island! Yeehaw!!!  The other big reveal??  Yours truly, L-blogger extraordinaire served as project manager and power tool guru for this project.  Yes, Ma, your daughter has now operated a table saw, a jigsaw, a compressor, and nail gun and I feel pretty darn proud of myself!  I’m in the background in the above photo using a nail gun – giddy UP!  But seriously, here is a little ho-hum before to kind of bring us back to our point of origin:


So ho-hum, right?!  Here is our after that took us to sha-ZAM, sham-WOW, and sham-DIZZLE!!


Amazing, right?!  It instantly “glams” the space right up and takes it from builder’s-blah to builder-beware!  Here are a few more up close and personal photos of the result:



Oh, beadboard and 5.5 inch moulding, how do I love thee?  So you’re probably wondering why we went to all this trouble when we could have probably just painted the drywall and have been done with it!?  Well, we could have (and we know that was a popular solution in our neighborhood as we found out when we were looking at homes to buy), but we really wanted to take it to the next level as found in some of these designer kitchens after a quick Google search:



It’s a pretty popular solution out there in the cosmos and it immediately makes an island look more historic and furniture-like.  It’s also a great way to protect drywall from scuff marks and dirt, especially under a future “bar” as people will be kicking the wall with their grubby shoes and feet.  Again, form always follows function.  Next time you belly up for a pint somewhere, look under the bar and I’ll bet you won’t see drywall…

As for the “how-to”?  We will be updating later in the week with the “how”, but we just wanted to show you our amazing results – J & I were very proud of ourselves for this little feat of architecture.  Admittedly, we did use a few heavy duty power tools and we were probably a little bit further ahead than the standard homeowner in terms of being able to execute this project, however, I should add that this is not the *only* way to get this look…

They actually sell “Beadboard Wallpaper” (found at your local hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s).  What will they think of next?!?  I actually heard about it while researching this project and thought that it was such a good idea that I simply had to share.  Not only is it paintable, but you can literally install it anywhere and you don’t have to worry about small areas as it’s not thick and won’t encroach upon your spaces!  Brilliant!  I need to give a shout out to Southern Hospitality Blog for writing up an extensive tutorial on how to install it.  She definitely had me at hello.  I’m certainly not a wallpaper fan, nor do I know how to install it, but this is so easy it’s worth researching if you’re interested in putting it in your space.  If you are, then click on the links above to go see what she did!  It’s truly amazing!

But outside of that, we’re just really happy with the results and even happier when we come in our front door now and see that beadboard peeking through our dining room, tempting us to come in, belly up, and put some scuff marks on the bar ;-)…


Stay tuned this week as we give you the full behind-the-scenes action.  Tantalizing and page turning, to be sure!

Photos courtesy of and  Also, if you’re interested in seeing how L became a first-time power-tool user, then feel free to head to this site to see all of the details.


18 thoughts on “Before & After Bliss: Beads of Time

  1. Thanks SO much for the shout-out! Your bar area looks fantastic with the new beadboard. Believe me, I love the real thing too & do think that is the best solution for an area like this that will see some wear & tear. But, you’re right about the beadboard wallpaper being perfect for certain spots. I’ve been really happy I did my cabinet ends & would highly recommend the stuff.

    • Wow, thanks Kasey!! We haven’t showed the neighbors yet, but they are starting to call us the “worker bees” – hehe!

  2. wow! it looks great – can’t wait to see it – and your neighbors are probably so pleased to see all the hard work that you’ve been doing – xo mom

  3. looks good L & J……but it’s almost like a pre-nup before you get married….Are you EXPECTING someone to not like the bead board and rip it off? regardless….i think it’s cute.

    • Haha! Good point! One never knows! Think about all of that yucky 70s paneling out there that people tear down….maybe beadboard will be oh-so-2009 in 2030? I hope not, but ya never know!

  4. L,

    I won’t recognize the place when I come back. You guys have done some amazing things and everything just keeps getting better & better.



  5. Hey lil sis, looks awesome. I’m proud of you for doing such a top notch job. Aren’t power tools great? Makes the job ohh so much easier and reduces stress at the same time. “Cha-pow”

  6. Looks awesome! Keep up the good work on your blog. I love reading about what other people are doing to their houses.

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  11. Thank you so much for posting your photos…You ended a heated discussion with my husband when he could not imagine what I was talking about when I told him that I’d like the beadboard put onto the back and side of our kitchen island with a baseboard that went around to the front of the island, trimmed exactly as it ends up I found on your page when surfing the I’net. A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case a million. Thanks again for posting the pictures. Nice job. Joyce

    • hi, bgseals –

      So true! But one of the nice things about having beadboard is that it doesn’t “knick” in quite the same way that drywall does. I.e. – we’re not constantly patching holes and dents as we would if it were just drywall by itself. Also, sem-gloss or high-gloss paint really does clean up super well and that’s what we have on the beadboard now. You really can wipe off the scuff marks really well. And, honestly, it just looks prettier. hehe!


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