- Pre-primed or Pre-finished Beadboard
- Painters Tape
- Vinyl Gloves
- Canvas Drop Cloth
- BEHR Semi-Gloss Latex Paint
- Foam Paint Brush & Roller Kit
- Kitchen & Bath Caulk
- Construction Adhesive
- Pneumatic Nailer with 16-gauge nails
- Drill with 5/16-in. bit (pilot holes)
- Circular Saw
- Jig Saw (cut out outlets)
- Screwdriver (to remove outlet plates)
- Tape Measure
- Caulk Gun
- Very Fine Sanding Block
- Stud Finder
Step 1: Measure & Map
Step 2: Cut Beadboard
Once you map out the backsplash space, take advantage of The Home Depot’s in-store cutting services to get a head start on the project. If you have your dimensions on hand, an associate can make most of the cuts for you. This also makes transporting your materials home a bit easier.
HINT: Cut along the backside of the board OR place painter’s tape along the cut lines to ensure a smooth cut that doesn’t damage the beadboard’s finish.
Step 3: Make Custom Cuts
For outlets and switches, remove the decorative plate using a screwdriver. You’ll want to measure openings from one side consistently, and pull the tape vertically and horizontally to figure out the placement.
You can also make an outlet template with painter’s tape. Using a 5/16-in. bit, drill a pilot hole in the corner, then insert your jigsaw blade into the hole. Slowly cut around the template to accommodate the outlet. With your custom cuts complete, wipe the boards down with a clean rag to remove any dust, put down a canvas drop cloth, and then go ahead and paint the beadboard and trim, if not pre-finished, with a semi-gloss latex paint. To apply the paint, use a foam brush and roller.
Step 4: Prepare to Install
Step 5: Install and Finish
Fill any nail holes, gaps and seams using white caulk and/or wood filler and a caulking gun. Allow to dry, then lightly sand with a very fine paper. You may want to wear vinyl gloves to keep the fine dust off your hands. Touch up the paint on the boards, as needed.
HINT: To give the backsplash a more finished look and help camouflage areas that aren’t square and level, finish all rough edges with a small profile trim. Secure the trim to the studs.