Beach House Kitchen – Walls

We did the walls in 1/2″ x 5″ tongue-and-grove Douglas Fir. BMR, a local building materials discounter, sold me a 1000 s.f. pallet of it for $400. It had about 10% scrap, but at 40 cents a foot, you can’t complain. I cut most of the scrap down to make trim anyway. If you are near Portland Oregon, I suggest stopping in – they are great people.

We are really happy with the look…

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Even though it’s not expensive, I don’t put the wood where the cabinets will cover it. I also butt small pieces together that will partially be covered. I use 1.5″ crown staples to attach it to the studs.

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Although the multicolored wood looks nice, it’s a bit too rustic for the beach house. The light grey-taupe gives the room a cool, relaxing feel.

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Below you can get a good look at the ceiling beams. I notch the boards around the beam, but I don’t run them tight to the ceiling. Once the cabinets go in, I will trim the tops of them and the ceiling out.

The opening here is behind the range hood cabinet. The ducting will go through the wall and run out the back. This house had no venting or heating ducts above the first floor.

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Here are the paint samples for the cabinets – we’re going with the one on the right.

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You can see a few knotholes in the boards. When I install them, I put a piece of foil tape on the backside. Later on, I will mix up some fix-all and make fake knots. I prefer to do it after we paint, then it doesn’t stick to the wood and require extra sanding.

Time and Money:

  • A full day to install the wood
  • Half a day to prep, paint and clean up
  • About 150 s.f. of wood for $60
  • $40 for paint

So about 2 days and $100.


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