Beadboard Backsplash, Corbel Love, & A Few Other Kitchen Updates….

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I hope you all had a great weekend!
Beadboard Backsplash Kitchen
I wanted to share with you a project we completed in our kitchen a few weeks ago! But to really appreciate the space, we need to take a look back at what the kitchen looked like just two short years ago…
Can you say BLAH?!
This was back in my country/primitive stage & right before we started our makeover. This was pretty much how the kitchen looked when we moved into our home back in 2005. The only thing I had done up until this point was change out the hardware & add some accessories. I was so sick of this space! I wanted something brighter & a more updated look.
So, we installed new countertops, a new sink/faucet, painted the cabinets, & again, added new hardware. This is what we were left with…..
Much better, right?!
(p.s. this project was one of the first projects completed for this blog. Notice how I its dark outside & I didn’t even have the interior lights on?! My oh my how much I’ve learned….)
Well, it had been a couple years since we completed this project & I was itching to add even more appeal to this space! I always wanted a backsplash of some kind, but we just hadn’t gotten around to it.  I wanted something simple & something that had a little bit of a cottage feel to it. So, after searching the web & Pinterest for some inspiration I finally found the look I wanted. I was most inspired by Sarah’s (aka Thrifty Decor Chick’s) kitchen & her beadboard backsplash! We even had left-over beadboard from Griffin’s nursery that was just sitting out in the garage waiting to be used! PERFECT!! 
After just a day’s worth of work our kitchen went from looking like the picture above, to looking like this….
Beadboard Backsplash Kitchen
 Hello….lighter, brighter, cottage-ey kitchen!!
Where have you been my whole life?!

(p.s.s Isn’t it amazing what good lighting & manual mode can do for a photo?!)

Beadboard Backsplash Kitchen

What do you think?!

Are you loving it as much as I am?!

In addition to adding the beadboard backsplash, we also decided to add some corbels to the underside of the cabinets….

Beadboard Backsplash Kitchen

Aren’t they GORGEOUS?!

I love the way the give the cabinets a more custom, built-in look. Such an easy thing to add to the cabinetry, but in my opinion, they add such a big impact! We bought these particular corbels at Home Depot for just under $9.00 a piece. We need 6 total, so that brought the total cost for the corbels to right about $54.00.

Here is a closer shot of one of our cabinet sections with the new backsplash & corbels added….

Beadboard Backsplash Kitchen
After the beadboard & corbels were added, we added quarter-round to the base of the beadboard & the underneath side of the cabinets to give everything a clean & seamless look…..
Beadboard Backsplash Kitchen
After everything was installed, I gave the corbels a coat of primer (the quarter round & beadboard was pre-primed) & then gave everything a coat of paint to match the existing cabinet color.
Many of you have asked me about the name of the paint color used for the cabinets, again, like a lot of my projects, this paint was purchased at our local do-it-yourself store (which is not a chain) & their paints & paint colors are not available at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. So….because I am of ZERO help in the paint color department, I though I would share just a little tip for those of you who are wanting a similar look…
If you have off-white or cream colored appliances like I do, you could always grab a bunch of paint sample colors & bring them home to try & match your appliances as closely as you can. That is what we did when trying to find the perfect shade of cream for our cabinets!! If you are wanting a cream color for your cabinets, but have different colored appliances, just try to find some cream appliances inside one of your favorite home improvement stores & match it that way! Hope that helps!!
After adding the new backsplash to the kitchen, I also wanted to brighten up our breakfast nook/eating area…
 (This picture was taken just a year or so ago)
And what better way to do that than to take the shades off the chandelier?!
Beadboard Backsplash Kitchen
GAH!!! 
Why did I wait so long to do this?!?!
Beadboard Backsplash Kitchen
I’m LOVING this look so much better!!!
You’ll also noticed that I completely de-cluttered the buffet….
Beadboard Backsplash Kitchen

I left the mirror & just added the two lamps to each side. I really love this new, cleaner look!! The lamps & shades were purchased at Lowes.

Beadboard Backsplash Kitchen
I loved the vinyl word art above that mirror! I purchased it through Uppercase Living several months back. It’s such great reminder because life IS beautiful & we should never take that for granted!!
So, that’s it……my new & improved kitchen with a few updates to the eating area….
Beadboard Backsplash Kitchen
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour!!
If I had it my way, I would have you all over for coffee & we could sit & chat about the changes in person, but since we can’t do that, just tell me what you think of all the updates in the comments section!!
Hope ya’ll are having a fabulous Monday!!!
For more information about how we painted the cabinets, read this post.  
Linking up here…..
Before & After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick 
Tuesday Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Link Party at Home Stories A to Z
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Weekend Wrap-Up Party at Tatertots & Jello
Sunday Showcase Party at Under The Table & Dreaming
Overflowing with Creativity at It’s Overflowing
Best DIY Projects of May at Beneath My Heart
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  1. it looks beautiful! what a difference those details make.

  2. I love it, so much brighter and lighter. I love the back splash and the corbels you added give it a custom look.

  3. mmmm I’m smitten with your white kitchen (ha say that fast 5 times!) seriously gorgeous – what a difference from before to after! xo

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  4. It looks sooooo good!! How will I ever get you to move to my town with all these “upgrades” you are doing! Your killing me! Ha! I really love the white, clean look! And loving the lamps on the buffet! Great choice!

  5. Looks fabulous! So bright and cheerful, great job! :)

  6. Simply gorgeous Tonya! does not even begin to look like the original photo! i love the beadboard and corbels…sigh… great job! :)

    Bonnie @ uncommon

  7. Looks Great Tonya!!

  8. So much brighter. Gotta love power of white paint.

  9. Beautiful!!! I love the corbels. Actually, I love it all!! Great JOB!!

  10. I love the whites and blues! It really lightens the place up!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Your kitchen is exactly the same layout as my kitchen. Same countertop also. It looks great. How did you anchor the corbels to the cabinets?

    • The corbels come with the hardware to anchor them to the cabinets, however we didn’t use the hardware that was provided b/c in my opinion, made for difficult installation. Instead we just used 2 inch screws & screwed them into the cabinets & beadboard in 2 different spots. Then I just filled the holes with spackling before painting.

  12. Wow — that is pretty much my dream kitchen! Bright, simple, and cute! You did a fantastic job!

    kendall
    http://songbirdsandbuttons.blogspot.com

  13. It is gorgeous! The corbels add so much character! You nailed it!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I am so in love with your kitchen!! I just had my cabinets sprayed white and I am debating whether to do the table and chairs, too. Did you paint your table or buy it that way? Is it a durable finish (I have three little boys). Thanks for responding. carrie_harvey at hotmail.com

  15. Tonya, what a transformation! Wow! Your kitchen looks fantastic and I love the soft soothing feel of the dining area and the colors you chose. Great job!!

  16. This kitchen is gorgeous! It’s light, very airy and clean looking – awesome!!!

  17. Love it! Those corbels really add character to your cabinets!

  18. I love the new backsplash and the addition of the corbels is the perfect touch! Glad to know I’m not the only one with night shots in my early blogging days. ;) Your table looks so pretty and inviting – if I came over for coffee I might not ever leave! ;)

  19. I love the beadboard, I think you just mind up my mind, I was trying to chose beadboard or white subway tile. After seeing your pretty kitchen I’m loven the beadboard:)

  20. I love your kitchen! It feels so homey. I love the blue and green accents in the breakfast area!

  21. Great updates! I love what you did with the little details and clearing it all out. Your photos are great. Isn’t it amazing how we change and grow over time? I always wonder where I’ll be stylistically in another 2 years. :)

  22. This looks beautiful! So bright and cheerful, great job! :)

  23. So pretty! I love the colors and the corbels. Such a huge difference from your original pictures!

  24. What a huge difference!! That is gorgeous! I would love for you to share this (and any other house projects) at my “May House Par-tay” at http://www.cheapcraftymama.com!

  25. I love it! The corbels and bead board are fabulous. I love the fresh colors of the whole space…the touches of blue are so pretty. Great job on your kitchen!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  26. We have the EXACT kitchen layout…seriously (plus the Country Living sign). Love the white on white. My husband and I own an appliance store and I would love to see white make a comeback. Stainless steel is so unwelcoming. Beautiful job!

  27. beautiful!

  28. Wow! What a beautiful makeover! I love the colors, hardware, furniture, lighting. Fantastic job!

  29. Beautiful!! I have the same countertops and beadboard

  30. Stunning kitchen makeover!!! I will be featuring it tomorrow, thanks for linking up.
    XO
    Kristin

  31. What a gorgeous redo! I love seeing a kitchen done over without spending $1000′s C:

  32. I love the corbels you added on. They really give it a custom look! I’m your newest follower!

  33. I just found your blog and love it!!! Your kitchen is gorgeous!!! I am in the middle of buying a new house and the kitchen looks a lot like your before picture and I am seriously thinking about painting the cabinets to look more modern. I am wondering how the paint on your cabinets is holding up to everyday use.
    Thanks, Laura
    lshoup15@yahoo.com

  34. Very Nice!!!!

    Marilyn C.

  35. OMG, I love it! The beadbording as backsplash is super cute.

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  36. It is beautiful! Love the corbels and the beadboard! Your eating area is divine too!

  37. Our main floor lay-out is EXACTLY like yours. We even have the same kitchen/cabinet lay-out…cabinet for cabinet! I have always complained about the door to our garage coming straight into our dining space. May I ask how you handle everything and everyone who comes through that door and where you put coats/shoes, etc…? We have four children coming in with backpacks, winter/sports gear, etc.. and it’s such a challenge to keep that space clean and tidy. I’m an organizational nut, but this problem stumps me.

    • Hi Kristi!
      Unfortunately, we use our garage for storage & are unable to park our vehicle inside, so we rarely come in & out of that door! I could see where you would be struggling with the traffic that comes in & out though…there is absolutely no space to put anything! I wish I had some helpful tips, but I don’t!! Hmmm…maybe I shall do some research & a post on this!

  38. Anonymous says:

    I love the way the kitchen looks now!! I want cream cabinets so bad but have been cautioned against doing it because I have white appliances. You give me courage!!!
    Miranda

    • Anonymous says:

      ps, I have the same counter tops that you have.
      Also, I know you bought your paint at your local hardware store but maybe you could find a paint chip that is close to matching the blue green color?? I also love the tan in the kitchen. I am in love with it all! lol
      Miranda

  39. love it!! where is the table from?

  40. found your blog today through Centsational Girl. I will surely be adding you to my favorites.
    Love the kitchen, so bright and cheery!

  41. Looking for a pendant light over our sink, love yours……..visited pottery barn, and the like…..where did u get yours

  42. Anonymous says:

    Just wondering….since you’ve had the beadboard in for a while, how is standing up to wet/ damp conditions of a kitchen? I’ve wanted to do bead board for a back splash in my kitchen too but I am a little hesitant because some areas get a lot of humidity from sink and behind the stove. Did yours come pre-painted or did you paint? Thanks. I love the look.

    • It’s holding up beautifully!! We painted it ourselves using a semi-gloss paint. I just cleaned it the other day & it wiped down so easy! The humidity from the sink & stove doesn’t seem to affect it at all!

  43. kristenbaiocchi@aol.com says:

    curious as to how much the countertops were… we have almost the EXACT same setup as you guys do….. we currently have this REAllY UGLY ceramic tile (we love the funcitonality of it…can put how pans etc right on it… but strongly dilike with a passion the colors)….. was wondering where you got, what it is and approx how much it cost…thanks! LOVE your blog and redesigns!

  44. I’m also curious about the countertops. Are they from Lowes? Did you install them yourselves? Thanks!

  45. Do you recall the paint color you used on the little aqua/blue cabinet?

  46. Tonya- beautiful!

    Where did you get your kitchen light fixture? I have a similar one in my dinning room and I’m looking for something to coordinate with it.

    Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  47. We love your dining area chandelier! DO you by chance know where it is from?

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  67. The soft blue is very pretty and I especially like the beadboard backsplash. We plan to do one in our kitchen soon too.

  68. Wow, you did a fantastic job. I absolutely love a white kitchen. Any time you want to do mine, just give me a call!! ;-)

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  72. Anonymous says:

    Could you please give info on how you painted your table and chairs ?? I have same table in oak and wanted to paint it but have 2 kiddos so wanna make sure it holds up .

  73. greengirl3 says:

    I would love to know the paint color on the wall if you know. Your kitchen is lovely! I have cabinets this color and I would like to paint the wall a beige color that does not read yellow. Yours looks light and bright. Thanks!

  74. greengirl3 says:

    By the way, I am off to buy the corbels for a master bath update. I bought a piece hutch to be used as a linen cabinet/ihome/charging station and want to separate the top and bottom pieces. I googled “add corbels to cabinets” and found your website. This is just what I want to do and know I know how it will look. Thanks for the nice website!

  75. Love it!

  76. Mrs. Bourbon says:

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  78. You did a beautiful job but I actually like the old look better. I am a wood person so I would stick with the oak cabinets and would have just added a bright wall color and some colorful accents. I do love the corbels for a more polished look and the new countertops! ;-)

  79. How much is bead board and did it come already painted?

  80. what color dod you use to paint you cabinets :)

  81. Tracie Giljam says:

    I love your kitchen , I am going to start my redo this weekend and plan on using beadboard as well , Can I ask what you used in the corners and on the ends to finish the look??
    Thanks Tracie

  82. I have shared your kitchen with many others, it is beautiful. You inspired me to paint my cabinets white and love the look and they are easy to clean. I have a question about the quarter round between the backsplash and countertop. Did you add a small amount of caulk and if so what type of caulk?

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