Applying Beadboard to the side of existing cabinets is an easy way to spice up a boring cabinet. (Old or New)
Often times, cabinets will have a 1/4″ or more “lip” on the side of the cabinet where the faceframe sticks out farther than the cabinet side. Cabinets are built like this so there’s something to “take off” if the wall is not straight or the measurements were off by just a hair…the faceframe can be scribed, cut or sanded down to make the unit fit without having to rebuild the entire cabinet.
The end cabinet, in a run of cabinets, or a single cabinet will have this “lip” as well because cabinets are mass produced, all exactly same. It keeps things easier for builder and the installer. The lip looks fine if left as it is, but it provides the perfect opportunity to apply a piece of beadboard to JAZZ it up.
*I wouldn’t apply beadboard if the faceframe is flush with the cabinet side as you would see the edge of the beadboard — which, IMO, would translate as, “Afterthought”.
So, HOW to apply the beadboard?
Whether your cabinets are old or new, caulk as an adhesive will surely do! (This sentence must be read out loud in Sing-Song voice!)
That’s right. Caulk. Regular old painters caulk will do, or whatever you have on hand.
The great thing about caulk is that it will adhere to any (clean and dry) surface, so if you have old cabinets that are coated with a glossy finish, or your cabinets are plastic/melamine…Caulk will stick to it!
Be generous with the caulk and then press your beadboard onto it. You can use a little painters tape to keep it from sliding down or just stand there and hold it yourself for a minute.
It grabs fast and holds STRONG. Just make sure you really press the beadboard INTO the caulk all over so the entire surface is “glued” down.