Thursday, June 10, 2010

Showing off

OK, so this whole beadboard backsplash idea? Ummm…it’s the easiest, hardest project I’ve ever done.

Easiest because it has made such a difference in our kitchen with less than $60 of materials. It will by FAR be the one project that has absolutely transformed the space.

Hardest because GOOD LORD, there are so many cuts that need to be made, and because my cuts weren’t perfect, there is an insane amount of trim to be cut. And installed. And painted.

OH yeah, and the whole painting thing – have you ever painted beadboard? It’s a pain in the booty! (Getting in all those grooves.) Add to that that I’m leaning over a counter to get into said grooves, and I may need a Tylenol PM tonight.  :)

It is SO CLOSE to done, and I'm going to show you this week no matter what. I cannot believe the transformation it has made to our kitchen – AMAZING!! Truly amazing. Yippee!

In other words – totally worth it.  ;)

So anyhoo, I’ve been thinking lately about all of the talent out there in blogland – it astounds me, really. I’m in awe of what you all dream up, create and accomplish. I am SO happy to inspire you, but I am also inspired by so many of you daily!

I share many of your fab projects on my Facebook page, but I’ve been thinking it’s high time I share some with the rest of the class. ;) 

So, I’m hoping to start highlighting some of your projects on TDC. I’m calling it “Show Me Off” and I think it will be FUN to share your talents (yeah, I’m talkin’ to YOU) with the blog world.

If you have completed a minor or major DIY project, I’d love to see it and share it with my readers!

Have you taken your kitchen island from something like this:


To this?:


Or your stairs from this:


To this?:


Or perhaps a blank wall like this:


To a little diddy like this?:

If so, I want to see them! Whatever you share does NOT have to be inspired by one of my projects – it can be any DIY project, room redo, whatever. Smaller projects I may group together in a post, whole room redos I will post separately.

And you don’t have to have a blog to join in! If you do have one and you’ve posted about your project, let me know and I’ll be sure to link to it. If your blog is little bitty, send it. If your blog is big and fancy, send it. If I think someone will be inspired by it – I’ll take it!

If you are interested, please email me at thriftydecorchick (at) gmail (dot) com, send me a few pics, and put “Show Me Off” in the subject line. I would love to share your talents with everyone!  :)

I will be back shortly with a finished kitchen backsplash – whooeeee!

P.S. If any of my fellow Blockheads are heading out to New York City next weekend for the Radio City concerts, I’d love to try to meet you! (Maybe at least before the show.) Holla at me!! :)

Oh yeah, and keep linking up to the Before and After Party till Monday! Check out all the great links here.


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  1. I am loving all the changes you have been making in your kitchen...beautiful!! I too have worked with the beadboard wallpaper and couldn't agree more with you on the painting...lot's of work, but us DIY girls love it...right?! ;) I am excited to see the end results and your inspiring me to get back into finishing my kitchen. Back to work!

    Hugs and love friend,

  2. Hi Sarah!
    You and your blog have inspired me to do so many DIY projects throughout my house! Thank you!
    I would love to share before's and afters with you but I don't have a blog. Suggestions?

  3. Oh Sarah, you need to spray beadboard and trim before you put it up! I learned this watching my husband's "guys" put ours up...then you only have to patch and touch up the nail holes. Poor thing! No wonder you're exhausted! Enjoy your Tylenol PM. :)

  4. WAIT a minute. Have you blogged about the stairs? I want the full story on those. I'm not sure what is lurking under the carpet on mine, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with plywood.

  5. I cannot wait to see what your kitchen looks like after you're done. Waiting on pins and needles.

  6. Ka-Blam! The island if FAB....I have tried to get my husband to agree for me to paint our island black but since we may be selling he says no...BOOHooo. Those stairs are rediculous! Where in yout archives is the post on them. I did a searchin you blog and didn't find it. I NEED THIS INFO!!! Thank Youe!

  7. For your island, did you paint the front our did you do beadboard all the way around? Do you have pics of the other side?

  8. Sarah, just a quick note to say how much I love your blog, and to say "thank you" for including your entire post in my google reader. So many bloggers are changing their settings to "snippets". I know I'm just one reader, but honestly when they do that, they lose me. I follow so many blogs that I can't possibly visit each and every blog every day. I'm rambling now... .just wanted you to know I appreciate your hard work!

  9. I used the beadpaper wall paper for the backsplash in my kitchen. Looks great. However, I am not nearly as handy as you with a saw.

  10. I can't wait to see your kitchen reveal! And thank YOU for such inspiration to all your readers (like me!) :)

  11. I dreamed of ripping out the tile and replacing with bead board in our kitchen too! I can't wait to see your reveal. I am a fan and admirer of you work :) All of your hard work will pay off and you'll love it!

  12. Cannot wait to see the big reveal! Bet it will be fab!! We are in the midst of our "mini" kitchen remodel now, but since we are doing new countertops, subway tile (brick pattern) backsplash and switching our electric cooktop to gas...we are leaving it to the professionals!! LOL I will however be putting all the finishing touches on it, such as painting and antiquing our kitchen island. The old backsplash got taken out yesterday...what a mess! Beadboard would have been much easier to change out.

  13. What a great idea! I look forward to seeing all the projects.

    I'm a blockhead but stuck on bedrest at home. However I just ordered Coming Home on Netflix. I've enjoyed the endless concert highlights on youtube. Have a great time. Post some photos and tell us about it!

  14. it sounds great, i can't wait to see what you have done! :)

  15. Love the stairs! I have been having a dilemma with mine lately, where the screws are so stripped I am having trouble removing one of the old, ugly, painted-on brass supports without ripping a hole in the wall. Thanks to these stair pics, I think that putting a piece of molding underneath the bannister will cover up any evidence I had to yank it out! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  16. I love seeing your before and after (and during!) pictures. :) I'll look to see if I have anything I can send you. :)

  17. I can't wait to see the beadboard!


    P.S. Learned trick for painting beadboard, trim, etc.: paint it before you put it up! It saves a lot of time, bending, twisting, and climbing. Paint it, then attach it. Then all you have to do is touch up the nail holes. :)

  18. I love your stairs! The only thing bad about the white is if people don't remove their shoes you end up with scuff marks on the white. I love it all though!

  19. Please, please, please post some How-to's for the stairs!!!

  20. You're so generous! I have several projects to work on this weekend... maybe I'll get some pictures to you. :)

  21. Your kitchen is gorgeous !! I'm doing a very small face lift on my own kitchen and yours is so inspiring. I found you through Sharon @ Keen Inspirations. She's my mom and knowing about my kitchen face lift she recommended your blog !!


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