How to Install a Beadboard Backsplash

Beadboard paneling is an easy, inexpensive and stylish alternative to a tile backsplash.

Style For Less

Add texture and a touch of cottage style by installing a beadboard backsplash.

Carefully Measure

Use a flat-head screwdriver to remove outlet plates and switch plates that run along the backsplash area. Measure the backsplash area and make a drawing and cut list. Try to work in four-foot sections, this will ensure that the wainscotting will line up easily. Remember to note the exact location of electrical switches and outlets.

Cut the Beadboard

Use a circular saw to cut the beadboard to size. To make cut-outs for outlets and switches, use a pencil to mark the exact shape of the cut out. Drill holes in two opposing corners with a large (3/8" or 1/2") bit. Then drop in the blade of a jig saw into one of the holes then cut out the rest of the opening.

Make Sure it Fits

Test fit the beadboard before securing it to the wall. Ensure that the cut-outs align properly with outlets.

Apply Adhesive

Using a caulk gun, apply heavy-duty construction adhesive such as Liquid Nails in a serpentine pattern to the back of the beadboard. Press the beadboard onto the wall.

Fasten it to the Wall

Use a finish nailer or hammer Brad nails around the perimeter of each section of backsplash.

Patch and Finish

Fill the nail holes and paint or stain your new backsplash.