Just Beachy: Kitchen Back Splash Idea

Grover from Grover Woodworks linked this up to my party a few weeks ago so I am a little behind, but I really love the idea of it.  The whitewashed back splash is slightly rustic and cottage-y, perfect for a beach house.  Don’t you think?  Here is what he had to say:
Welcome back for the second install of the Beach House Renovation/Makeover.  As you know we were working on the kitchen this weekend. 
After a little bit of work first thing this morning I got things to this point.
 I decided to add some small shelves on each side of the window and also changed the orientation of the wood for some additional contrast.
I got things moving down the side wall.  It’s looking good.  We debated leaving the wood natural but between having glued directly to the Formica backer board and having a good amount of it showing and not really being able to extend the power outlets to sit flush on the boards we decided it would be best to continue with out plan of painting the boards.
Here is the window with the shelves painted.  You will notice we did a kind of whitewash/distressed look.  I think it is turning out real well.
I also changed the orientation of the wood over the stove, it might be hard to see in the picture but the last board has 45 degree bevel towards the wall to allot for removal of the range hood if needed.  I even tested getting to the screws and didn’t have any trouble.

I continued the batten board on the other side of the oven.  Everything was going great and I ran out of glue with only two boards left to go, so back to the store tonight to get some more glue.  Tomorrow I will finish up the last two boards, caulk around counter top and underneath the cabinets, replace all the outlet covers.  The 

Grand total for this quick weekend makeover was a whopping $50 you heard that correctly.  I used 25 boards at $1.32 a piece, two tubes of Liquid Nail, half a tube of caulk, paint and some plastic scrapers to smooth out the glue.

What do you guys think of Grover’s idea?  
I love it and $50 bucks is awesome!
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. >Very cool! I think you opened up another DIY decorating project by placing the boards horizontally over the stove. You could place a piece of art, or create a border and put something pretty in the middle to make it look like a picture. Or- even, hang something there to finish it off. 🙂

  2. >Fashion Gal: That's funny that you say that. We specifically did the boards that way knowing that we would need to add some art or something there. I might have to mock up your idea of a frame around all of it.

    Cassity thanks for the feature.