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Kitchen Do’s and Don’ts:Series # 3

Let’s get busy. Not.
It started off with good proportions. Can you have too much of a good thing? Yes. It’s time to edit. Bead board should be limited. It’s too busy on the drawers, doors and valance. The leaded glass is pretty, and would have been prettier without all the bead board. The window is trimmed out in large stained wood casing. Again, too much. Every detail is pretty unto itself, but all together it is too much to take in. The island is drop dead gorgeous!

Here is a good example of bead board well done. Base doors but not the drawer fronts. Two wall doors have clear glass. Only the tall doors have bead board. The bead board is repeated in the island end panels only.

Here is another good example using bead board. Drawer fronts are flat. Only the doors have bead board. Addition of glass door cabinets breaks it up for visual interest. The hood also has the bead board. A big don’t in this one is the use of wine storage above the refrigerator. Unless you intentionally meant to cook your wine, never put wine here, the hottest spot in the kitchen. The dedicated doggy dining area is adorable!



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

5 thoughts on “Kitchen Do’s and Don’ts:Series # 3

  1. I’m with you on the beadboard.
    A little goes a long way.
    I’m in the habit of using it on cabinet backs in open or glass doored cabinets and as wainscoting on the walls; but find it too busy to use on cabinet doors as well.


  2. Would a 4″ wide, thin beadboard go behind or in front of a soapstone backsplash? We’re going with 5″ backsplash and have 18″ between our counters and cabinets.


  3. Not quite sure I understand that description.
    If you mean to run a 5″ back splash in soapstone and want to run bead board above the soapstone, I think that is what you meant, correct? Running the soapstone splash up 4 or 5″ is good to contain wet spills. I would run the bead board behind the soap stone. Then caulk in the grooves for a clean appearance.

    How high are you intending on running the bead board?


  4. Thank you. That’s helpful. So I’m proceeding with installing the 18″ high beadboard first then the 5″ high soapstone over that. Are you saying caulk in every single vertical groove? Does that still maintain the beadboard look? Not a problem–I just want to do it right.


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