DIY – How to paint a faux distressed wood on beadboard. The island in the middle of my kitchen was in need of a facelift as we updated the kitchen. With just a few colors of paint, I knew I could reproduce that wonderful distressed wood look that is so popular right now. It will work so well will my vintage treasures.
This is the most recent “before” photo that I have of the island that is in my kitchen. It was painted the brown and copper as the rest of the kitchen (back in 2008). Because the backsplash was just the touch I was looking for, I decided the that island needed something similar.
The island has a beadboard front on it so the peel and stick wallpaper would not work and besides that I didn’t want to buy another roll. Being an artist, I knew what was needed so I grabbed several bottles of paint and a chippy brush.
Clean the surface. Use painters tape to cover the areas to you want to protect.
After looking at my tiny piece of the wallpaper, I was able to determine the colors needed
Determine the colors you will need to blend.
I used pewter grey, cloud blue, khaki, parchment, country tan, turquoise
Use a chippy brush (Wal-Mart under $1.00) with only a small amount of paint on the bristle tips. It is almost a dry brush technique
Refer to your reference photo or wallpaper sample. Here is a video I made for you demonstrating the Faux Distressed Wood Paint Technique on Beadboard
When working on beadboard try to keep from getting too much paint in the crevices.
This was the effect I was after. What is kind of a wonderful twist is that from a distance it looks like corrugated tin.
See that great collection of aluminum coffee pots and teapots in that background! I can’t wait to tell you about that collection. But that is for another time.
This island with it’s update is just going to be perfect in my newly renovated kitchen.
In reality, it is also a catch-all. That is a habit I am trying to break as I learn to declutter as I go. I have been putting the mail that I need to keep in that little basket. It’s a little basket so I don’t procrastinate too long about sorting it. Junk mail goes into the trash immediately.
For right now the island is put back into it’s original place. I am happy with it right there and I love the new look.
’til next time,