Kitchen Do’s and Don’ts:Series # 3

October 4th, 2007 § 5 Comments

Let’s get busy. Not.
It started off with good proportions. Can you have too much of a good thing? Yes. It’s time to edit. Bead board should be limited. It’s too busy on the drawers, doors and valance. The leaded glass is pretty, and would have been prettier without all the bead board. The window is trimmed out in large stained wood casing. Again, too much. Every detail is pretty unto itself, but all together it is too much to take in. The island is drop dead gorgeous!

Here is a good example of bead board well done. Base doors but not the drawer fronts. Two wall doors have clear glass. Only the tall doors have bead board. The bead board is repeated in the island end panels only.

Here is another good example using bead board. Drawer fronts are flat. Only the doors have bead board. Addition of glass door cabinets breaks it up for visual interest. The hood also has the bead board. A big don’t in this one is the use of wine storage above the refrigerator. Unless you intentionally meant to cook your wine, never put wine here, the hottest spot in the kitchen. The dedicated doggy dining area is adorable!

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§ 5 Responses to Kitchen Do’s and Don’ts:Series # 3

  • Peggy Deras, CKD, CID says:

    I’m with you on the beadboard.
    A little goes a long way.
    I’m in the habit of using it on cabinet backs in open or glass doored cabinets and as wainscoting on the walls; but find it too busy to use on cabinet doors as well.

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  • Kitchen Design Notes says:

    Yes. This is true where “less is more”.

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  • ennistbp says:

    Would a 4″ wide, thin beadboard go behind or in front of a soapstone backsplash? We’re going with 5″ backsplash and have 18″ between our counters and cabinets.

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  • Laurie Y. Burke says:

    Not quite sure I understand that description.
    If you mean to run a 5″ back splash in soapstone and want to run bead board above the soapstone, I think that is what you meant, correct? Running the soapstone splash up 4 or 5″ is good to contain wet spills. I would run the bead board behind the soap stone. Then caulk in the grooves for a clean appearance.

    How high are you intending on running the bead board?

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  • ennistbp says:

    Thank you. That’s helpful. So I’m proceeding with installing the 18″ high beadboard first then the 5″ high soapstone over that. Are you saying caulk in every single vertical groove? Does that still maintain the beadboard look? Not a problem–I just want to do it right.

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