Friday, August 20, 2010

Adding Beadboard - Love The Change

I love the look of the beautiful beadboard I see everyone using all over Blogland, so I just had to get in on the act.

This is how our Entertainment center looks. The backs of the bookcases are just a dark wood and not very exciting. I really wanted them to have a little more class.

I see everyone using beadboard wallpaper, however DH wasn't convinced it looked real, so I bought a sheet of thin backed beadboard from Lowe's and got busy making all the necessary cuts.

Good grief, I had no idea I had that much stuffed into those bookcases. Time to edit.

I had to use two pieces in the backs because of the light that is behind the top shelf. Electrical cords and all that stuff that can't be moved. First piece fitted.

Both pieces in and held in place with dots of 5 minute epoxy in each corner.

I cut 1/2 inch off the back of the middle shelf so it would allow a little light to shine down to the bottom. Previously it was fitted close to the back panel. A little touch up with stain and it will be perfect and I love that the light does shine down to the bottom now.

All done and painted the same cream as the walls. I really love how it makes the bookcases look so much brighter.

Now the fun part to fill them back up again. Stop back by for Table Top Tuesday and I'll show you how they look.

I am linking to:
Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seeds Creations
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch


  1. Great job Marty! That looks wonderful! Can't wait to see how the rest of it turns out with all your accessories put back in.

  2. Hi Marty! You are one busy bee! I love the change, too! Can't wait to see the reveal on Tuesday! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  3. I like how the bead board looks, I think your new mix of pieces will really be shown off now.

  4. It turned out great! I know your items will really pop now!

  5. Wow Marty it looks great! Where did you find your book cases and entertainment center. We have been looking for one, but everything is open now for flat screen TV :-( We've wanted on with the doors to close off the TV.


  6. Looks good! Can't wait to see it when you have added your special touch of accessorizing.

    Have a great weekend.

  7. Wow Marty, this just awesome! Know it'll be fun getting everything back in, you'll have it looking great in no time at all!

    Have a great weekend!


  8. I've often thought about doing something like this with our entertainment center. Now maybe I'll give it a try.

  9. This is a great idea! I might borrow this idea for some of my glass front kitchen cabinets.
    Yes... filling them up... my favorite part.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Ladybug Creek

  10. I love the look of beadboard in your entertainment center. It really brightens up that space. Can't wait for the "reveal" tomorrow. Fondly, Susie

  11. Oh powee Marty!! you shouldn't have made us wait till next week!!!

  12. Hi Marty, I love how the beadboard turned out. It looks fantastic...Kathy

  13. What a wonderful job! I love the results. I am thinking about putting up as a backsplash in my kitchen. You made it look easy!
    Show a picture with all of your pretty things in it!

  14. Love the contrast.

  15. Beautiful job... Ahemmmm... now I am looking at my bookcases a whole different way!!
    Have a Great Weekend!

  16. Marty, the bookcase looks great!! You did a wonderful job. I know you will really enjoy it.
    Hugs, Pat

  17. I just love beadboard Marty! It looks great on backsplashes too and so economical. I've been thinking about adding it in several places in my home. Great job and I love how bright it makes your shelves!

    Miss Bloomers

  18. What a fabulous idea, Marty. The beadboard really brightens the look of the bookcases and gives it a complete facelift! Love it!


  19. Wow Marty,
    What a difference. Love the new look...I'll bet you have fun putting it all back together.

  20. Oh, my goodness, Marty! You're so smart! This looks wonderful! I've heard beadboard is easy to work with and you did an excellent job! Oh, the many talents of our Marty! :)
    Now can't wait to see your wall units all decked out!! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  21. Wow! That looks great! How do you find time for everything? I can't wait to see the finished product!

  22. Marty what a great change, and a quick one too. I love the photo of your kitchen counter with all your treasures. Cant wait till Tuesday to see what you come up with. Have a great weekend!

  23. They look great. I would love to go shopping on your counter!

  24. HI, here at home furnishings are also dark, line the bottom of the furniture of my room with fabric (it is on the blog, with my collection of angels) and the effect was very good.I liked your idea, it was great! Imagine when you put your decorations. Cant wait Top Table Tuesday. Hugs. Fatima-Scrapart.

  25. Love the beadboard on the back. Makes it so much lighter. Can't wait to see it all pretty again. Stella

  26. How clever and what a great change. Really does lighten everything up. AMazing.

  27. Marty, that looks fantastic! I may have to do this with my dark bookcases here in the garden room. I may take the easy way out and get the wallpaper though!

  28. Great idea Marty!! And I do love the light shining through- that is a pet peeve of mine with bookcases
    xoxo Pattie

  29. That looks wonderful, Marty. You have seen my blog and know I love beadboard, probably too much...
    I just bought the wallpaper for my trailer and it does look real too.
    Can't wait to see your shelves with all your pretties in it again. You can bet I will be checking back on Tuesday.

  30. Excellent Marty!
    All bright and happy now!
    Everything will show up so nicely.
    That was a pretty easy project with huge results!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  31. Looks great! HUGE fan of beadboard :)


  32. I'm really anxious to see how the shelves look with all your pretties back in place. I think things will really stand out now!

  33. Marty, this is brilliant, and it brightens those shelves so much! I'm impressed that you cut the boards yourself - what a handy gal you are! Can't wait to see how everything is going to pop against that white when you put it all back in the shelves. laurie

  34. Can't wait to see the shelves all dressed up! I have been wanting to do something to cover up the mirrors on the back of my china cabinet, so you have inspired me. Your house is gorgeous, as always!

    Have a great weekend,

  35. Wow! You worked hard! And I can't wait to see it with all your lovelies put back in place!!

  36. Very Interesting!
    Thank You!

  37. I am impressed. You cut and installed that yourself. I would have to get my husband to do that for me. Good job.

  38. Good job, Marty! I can't wait to see how you put the items back in...Christine

  39. Looking at the before, one would never believe your selves could ever look better!!
    I can't belive how much brighter the shelves look. Can't wait until
    Tuesday! Thanks for sharing.

  40. Love the change, Marty! Beautiful update, definitely brightened up the bookcases! Also love your old world country tablescapes post---lovely!!

  41. The beadboard is such a fantastic idea Marty!! I am excited to see how you will refill the spaces!I know it will be fantastic!!

    Bill's folks left this morning after being here a little over a week.
    I think I will be company free for a little bit now!

    bee blessed

  42. I love getting things done in stages. You have inspired me to clean out our entertainment center. We have no tv in it. Just books, dvd's and STUFF. I will do it, I will, I will.

  43. I would like to exchange links with your site
    Is this possible?

  44. Oh Marty! I was so into looking at your makeover..and wondering how you took on such a good you always do things...and then I saw it!!!!
    I saw the title of the show you were watching on television...and smiled all over myself. It was on and your probably were not even watching it... :):)
    The show that happened to be on when you took the pictures "Pitchmen" on the Discovery channel...we were watching it also! My grandson was in the credits! He was one of the ones that edited the film, Brock Carter. He is in the film industry and does editing. This was his first TV project...
    He does documentaries...and now is into film editing.
    Anyway...our entire family was watching..we are so proud of his progress...just to see his name in the credits.

    Now I am headed back to take another look at your project! :)
    Love and hugs to you, Marty.

  45. Wow...that really brightened up the space, Marty! I ♥ the filtered light effect & can't wait to see the transformation once you get things put back into place.

    Sorry I haven't participated in your Tues. Vignettes too much this summer but I've been cooking & sewing instead. For sure, I'll be doing some Fall decorating. :-) I can't wait for it to arrive this year. What an awful hot summer!!!


  46. Looks great -- It truly does lighten up the shelves -- can't wait to see it all decorated.

  47. Marty, this project turned out beautifully!

    In the event you have other beadboard projects you'd like to do in the future, not all beadboard wallpaper is created equal and your hubby is right to be skeptical. My hubby bought (and I quickly returned) some from Lowe's that was AWFUL. However, the Graham & Brown Super Fresco beadboard wallpaper from the Home Depot website REALLY DOES look like beadboard. I've used it on several projects and cannot tell you how many people have been completely fooled by it. They just couldn't believe it wasn't the real thing. One person who was fooled was a very experienced handyman!

    Whenever I empty my 3 piece wall unit to move it to the new "house in Hooterville," I'm going to apply the beadboard wallpaper to the backs before I put everything back together. I'm probably going to also use it on the backsplash area in the kitchen. It's really FABULOUS stuff. Easy and fun to work with too.

  48. Love the look of the book cases. It really makes a difference.

  49. Love this look but I think I will have to stick with the wallpaper as my top is a "S" shaped curve. Argh to cut that would be a nightmare. :)