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fabian 01-24-2009 08:38 AM

need sugestions on beadboard for kitchen backsplash
 
Hello, My wife and I were thinking to add some beadboard to the kitchen backsplash. We currently have laminate cabinets that look to be wood, we are changing the counter top to the cheap home center pre cut laminate tops. But I was thinking on either using the panel beadboard (mdf) or the ones made out of plywood that comes with 2 rows per sheet. I havent decided which one to choose, this is where you guys come in :thumbsup:. also we were leaning towards just painting it the wall color we will choose. any special preperations to paint the mdf version? how about the plywood version? I took down pink 1/2 in tiles that were disgusting.


Fabian <----- First time home buyer!

Bob Mariani 01-24-2009 08:52 AM

for the mdf or plywood versions proper sealing will be needed to avoid moisture penetration. Particularly at all cuts and edges. Two coats of shellac will seal the edges. Painting the walls is still a better choice.

fabian 01-24-2009 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Bob Mariani (Post 218212)
for the mdf or plywood versions proper sealing will be needed to avoid moisture penetration. Particularly at all cuts and edges. Two coats of shellac will seal the edges. Painting the walls is still a better choice.

why would it be better just to paint the walls? the walls arent in great shape because of the tile backsplash i removed, so since time is also a concern i think i rather just put up the beadboard. should i cut, paint and install, or cut install then paint? should i go with a semi gloss? I can try to repair the wall and see how that comes out also

Bob Mariani 01-24-2009 03:08 PM

Unless you seal the edges perfectly (which can be done) you will eventually have issues with MDF or Plywood in this area. And wood backsplash would not be very safe in the stove area. Paint with semi-gloss or gloss. Use oil base paint. Have the paint store add mildicide to prevent mold and mildew. Cooking creates a lot of oil in the air and washing adds a lot of moisture. Paneling leaves lots of little indents to make adequate cleaning harder. All of these things are why I suggest painting the wall. Or maybe a formica backsplash. Some are metal and look fantastic.


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