Farmhouse Kitchen Faux Barn Wood Backsplash Update - One Year Later

If you have followed my blog then you know I made some pretty big
changes to my kitchen last year.

From adding a faux barn wood backsplash that I actually made
using leftover flooring and some paint that I had on hand,
to eventually painting my oak cabinets white.

However if you haven't seen it, here is a quick before and after:

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It has been an entire year now since installing my backsplash so I thought it
was a great time to put together an update and let you know how it has held up
thus far and my thoughts on it.

(I also made a short video/vlog on my backsplash - link is near the bottom of 
this blog post if you'd like to check it out)

Well, it has been wonderful.

I still absolutely love it and it still makes me smile walking into my kitchen.
I love how bright it is now and how it looks like old weathered barn wood,
and it is a perfect fit in this farmhouse country style home of ours.
It has held up great and I have had no issues with it at all.

I would say preparation was key, a lot of elbow grease to make sure each 'board'
was sanded well so the paint had a good surface to adhere to is most likely
what made this a success in my opinion.

I did add a coat of sealer to the backsplash, (and extra coats near the sink)
so that if any splatters or water got on it there would be an extra layer of protection.
I can easily wipe it down when I need to.

I also used my brad nailer to install the 'boards', as I didn't want to use adhesive if I
didn't have to.  Mostly because I wanted to be able to remove it easily if I decided I
didn't like it..  I don't see that happening any time soon.
Did I mention I love it? 😉

How about some more photo's.

                               (Faux barn wood backsplash before I painted the cabinets)

(after painting cabinets)

I have several more idea's in mind for our kitchen and currently
I have a handful of paint swatches that I recently picked up and I am trying
to decide what color that I want to paint the walls.

Leaning towards a shade of white or a light gray shade for the walls instead of the light beige that I currently have.

I am also debating if I want to paint my red focal wall a different color.

If I do decide to paint over the red wall, I am thinking about
a dark shade of gray or possibly painting it the same color that I choose for the rest of the walls,
but I am unsure at this point if I am ready to get rid of the red.

Most likely I will choose the wall color and after I get the rest of the room painted then
I can see what I think of the focal wall.

Decisions decisions.

Another thing I am trying to decide on is what to do about all of the items on the counter.
We use all of the items but to me it just looks like a lot of stuff, and I am ready to clear some of
it off or move some of it to another spot.  
I am also debating on installing a microwave over the stove in the future..
if you have one what are your thoughts on that?

So right now I am currently in brainstorming mode trying to figure out how I would like
to organize the 'stuff' (uh, countertop clutter) as well as choosing paint colors.

So what do you think for the walls.. a shade of white or gray?

- Tina

I also chose to make a vlog style video update, 
including a recap of how I made my backsplash:

If you are interested in seeing the video,  you can see it on youtube:  HERE! 
(or I have included it below as well)

(keep in mind I am a new to the vlog/video thing..  😉)

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More Kitchen Blog Posts:

Original Blog Post on my kitchen backsplash

Painting my Kitchen Cabinets - Oak to White

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Item details:

video: hat I am wearing found here
floral spoon rest found here
windmill decor (similar found here)

where I buy a lot of my cleaning supplies: Here
(several free items with first order, 
can see my thoughts on it and my first order here)

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1 comment

  1. You did such a fantastic job!! Looks amazing. As far as wall color, you're on your own, sorry...I'm the worst at picking colors for the kitchen. Any other room I have no problem but my cabinets throw everything off. Right now it's a light spring green! It's time to do something with the cabinets and walls again but they're at the bottom of the list.

    Anyway, YES you want a microwave/oven fan combo over the stove. I have few cabinets and counter space is a prime real estate. Getting the microwave off the counter would free up some room. I, too, have stuff on my counter that gets used every day. My few cupboards and one drawer barely hold anything. The small appliances, pots and pans get stored in the garage! Uggh, is it no wonder I hate to cook! LOL

    Take care


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