Friends, please forgive me. I have been meaning to share this tutorial with you all for some time. It just kept getting pushed to the back burner. I’ve had a few request to share our shiplap back splash on the blog. I’m thrilled that so many seem to love it as much as I do. It’s such an easy process that I almost feel silly writing out the step by step but never the less, here it is! Here is a snap shot of what our tired and outdated kitchen looked like before. You can find the entire kitchen remodel here. The old back splash was just a laminate sheet. It was as boring and outdated as the counter top. I did remove the laminate sheet on one side of the kitchen. Honestly, it was terrible! That stuff ran half way up the back of the upper and lower cabinets. Since we weren’t getting rid of our cabinets, I had to use a Dremel to cut the laminate and pry it off. That stuff is brittle! After the first side took way too long and caused much frustration I decided to leave the other side in place and plank over it. Boy, was it so much easier!
We used unpainted tongue and groove boards from Lowes. You could also use under-layment strips like we did in our guest bathroom makeover. You can find that method here. I did remove all the outlet covers and loosened the outlets from the wall to plank around the boxes. I started from the bottom and worked my way up. The top is not as noticeable because of the cabinets over-hang so start at the bottom.
I did not glue them in place. I simply just nailed them on with a nail gun. We eventually want to tile the back splash once we take the jump of installing new counter tops so I figured the nails would be fine. I used a jig saw to cut around the kitchen window and the outlet boxes.
Once all the planks were installed, I capped off the two ends with a small trim piece that was in the kitchen before. I made sure to fill all the nail holes and cover the corner joints with wood filler. I painted two coats of primer and two coats of Simply White by Benjamin Moore.
For under $30 I would say it was well worth the evening of work. This is such a simple and inexpensive back splash. I’ve loved how much it’s brightened our kitchen and how much character it adds to the room. It makes for a great temporarily back splash or maybe permanent… we’ll see 😉
Have a wonderful rest of the week friends! We’ll be hard at work on finishing up our patio makeover 🙂