Adding beadboard to your kitchen cabinets has become more popular for country, cottage, and farmhouse style kitchens. But you don’t need to get all new cabinets to get this look. You can add beadboard to your kitchen cabinets yourself. Here’s how.
- Measure Your Cabinets and Beadboard
- Sand the Doors
- Cut the Beadboard
- Attach the Beadboard
- Apply Caulk
- Paint or Stain the Beadboard
- Attach the Cabinets
Before you purchase the beadboard measure each cabinet individually in case they are slightly different. You’ll only have to measure where the beadboard will be added, such as the middle panel area. Once you have the measurements of all the cabinet doors, you can figure out how much beadboard you’ll need to purchase and measure from there. Depending on the style of your drawers, you can add beadboard there as well or leave it without it.
Remove the cabinet doors from their hinges (be sure to label which hinges go on which cabinet doors), remove the handles, and lay them on a flat surface. Clamp them down to a flat surface and sand the surface of the doors where the beadboard will be attached. This is necessary to remove any finish that the adhesive might not be able to bond to.
Get all your individual measurings of your kitchen cabinets and mark on your beadboard where to cut it. Clamp the beadboard down to a flat and secure surface. Use a table saw or a jigsaw to cut the beadboard. If you are cutting all the beadboard at once, be sure to mark which cuts go to specific cabinet doors and drawers.
Use adhesive to attach the beadboard to the cabinet doors and drawers. You can apply either to the back of the beadboard or the front of the cabinets. Once the adhesive is applied, place the beadboard on the cabinet door and push down. Move the beadboard to the left and right slightly so the adhesive spreads and works better. Make sure all the edges are lined up and let the adhesive dry.
Use clear silicone caulk to fill in any gaps that may appear between the beadboard and the cabinet. Once it has dried, use sandpaper to sand it down smooth.
As you’ve probably noticed, beadboard typically comes unstained and unpainted. Use a brush to apply paint or stain to match your cabinets.
Once everything has dried, you can attach your cabinets back to your cabinet boxes in your kitchen. Use your labeled hinges to put them back how you had them before. If you are getting new hardware, check out our tutorial on how to install it.
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