Now that we had replaced our counters, sink and faucet we had to deal with the missing backsplash. At first, we thought about putting in subway tile. We price out the tile and realized this was a bigger investment then we had first thought. The other issue was the time involved. Neither Josh nor I have ever tiled before, we knew we were capable, but a little nervous of our finish craft. Then we thought about the weekends of work to install the tile, grout it, and seal it. We also realized this would all have to happen while we were using the kitchen, not ideal. There was also the lingering thought in the back of our heads that one day we really wanted to gut the kitchen and create a more functional space. Our new goal was to put in a backsplash in the fastest cheapest way without it looking like an afterthought.
We decided we would beadboard the backsplash. We felt that the beadboard matched the overall style of the house and it was about half the cost. We went to Lowes and got some 3' x 4" pine beadboard wainscotting. We laid out all the pieces and primed them at night during the work week, then Josh spent two days installing them, cutting around our various switches and cabinets. He also installed some trim underneath the countertop to dress up the transition. It was a whole weekend of work, but it made such a difference. I followed behind with my trusty caulk gun and white acrinamel semi-gloss. All in all, we felt pretty good about our solution. It was fairly easy and kept with the style of the house. We worry a little about the durability of having wood right near our sink but it seems to be fine. Our little kitchen was wrapping up.