At LONG LAST we have arrived! Time for painting beadboard in the kitchen! Learn how to get that perfect, old time look by hand.
After months of work, literal MONTHS of work to make this disaster of a kitchen beautiful again, we’re here. After sanding floors, hanging beadboard, building a pantry, it is FINALLY time for painting beadboard in the kitchen.
First things first, here’s the vlog video. Don’t worry. I was totally surprised too when it came out to be double the length of a normal video. But it’s a fun one!! With a plot twist!
Hand Painting Beadboard
Let’s start with a disclaimer: you can paint your house however you want to paint your house. Because…it’s your house.
HOWEVER, I would also humbly suggest that any wood surfaces be painted by hand. Something about the brush strokes, the attention, and the care of hand painted wood is just delicious.
This goes double for painting beadboard. I KNOW it’s a ton of surface area. I KNOW you think your arm will fall off. But trust me, the results are well worth the effort.
I painted this entire kitchen a total of five times in the following sequence.
- Peel Stop Primer (to secure any remaining loose paint)
- Water based primer (oil based primer on the ceiling to prevent color bleed)
- Three Coats of Final Paint
Was it a ton of work? Yes. Were the results completely mind bendingly divine? See for yourself. (This was only after the first coat. It only got better.)
Tools of the Trade
To accomplish this Olympian feat of glory and struggle, I used three different brushes.
First, this 2.5″ Wooster sash brush. I love this guy so much. It’s an excellent detail brush that gives you tons of control. I used this around edges and corners.
Next is a tiny artist’s brush. This doesn’t have to be anything expensive or fancy. I like really sharp corners and crisp edges. And sometimes the only way to get that is with a tiny, sharp, crisp brush!
Last I use this 2.5″ Wooster soft handle brush. These guys are cheap, available in store, and are excellent for laying down a ton of paint. I can only get about 5-6 uses out of them before they’re kind of junk. But they hold a ton of paint and are great for covering surface area quickly.
With these three brushes, a good audiobook, and a little patience, I had this kitchen painted within a week. Exciting bonus – my arm is still attached.
Order for Painting Beadboard
Contrary to a lot of advice, I was taught to paint the wall color absolutely last. I find there is a much cleaner line when you paint wall color up to the trim instead of the other way around.
Normally I cut in the whole room twice then roll the whole room twice. But since I wasn’t rolling this room, I switched things up a little.
First I painted all of the trim (one coat primer, two coats paint). While the trim dried, I used the 2.5″ soft handle brush to “bulk paint” most of the walls, stopping about two inches short of the trim.
Functionally this served the same purpose as rolling. But allowed me to keep laying down paint even while the trim dried.
After the trim dried, I came back in to fully cut in with the first coat of yellow. The first coat ALWAYS takes the most time. Always. But if you take your time and do it really well, the next coat should take less than half the time.
I normally take about 6-8 hours to cut in the first coat (Yes. I’m serious). But the last coat in this room took me about 3 hours start to finish, including fully painting the walls.
In the grand scheme of things, painting beadboard by hand creates a beautiful, hand worked look for the final coat. It just seems RIGHT.
As I sit here typing this, the kitchen is actually fully painted. I can hardly believe it myself. Two coats of primer, three coats of paint, and the kitchen is done.
Notice I said KITCHEN. Not pantry. So stay tuned for painting, finishing, and styling the pantry!!
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