Finished Beadboard Kitchen Island

Staining a Bead Board Kitchen Island

An all white kitchen is in need of some texture and interest. Try adding bead board sheeting to a kitchen island and instead of painting it, create a contemporary style by staining it brown. The result is fresh and modern, and creates a focal backdrop for your favorite pieces and collections.

Tools & Materials

Like any project, you will need the right tools and supplies to do the job right the first time. Because the sooner you finish the sooner you can get on with well, anything you want.

Whisk Broom or Tack Cloth

6x9 Paint Cloth

Tape and Drape Plastic Sheeting

Blue Painter's Tape

Paint Mask and Window Fan for Ventilation

Sheet Bead Board


Sheet bead board is inexpensive and can be easily cut and installed with finishing nails or brads.

Step 1 - Prep Bead Board

Clean Bead Board

Wipe and clean bead board of any dust using a whisk broom or tack cloth.

Step 2 - Prep Sprayer

FLEXiO 3000, Stain and Paint Cloth

Assemble your sprayer and gather a paint cloth and stain of choice.

Step 3 - Prep Stain

Stir Stain

Make sure to stir the stain thoroughly with a paint stick.

Step 4 - Review Sprayer Instructions

Sprayer Instructions

Prior to starting your spray project, read all the instructions included on the quick reference saddle on the back of the sprayer. Keep handy for quick reference.

Step 5 - Fill Sprayer

Remove Spray Head and Unscrew Top

Remove spray head from the sprayer and unscrew top.

Fill Sprayer Halfway with Stain

Fill the sprayer halfway with stain.

Re-Assemble Spray Head and Re-Attach

Re-assemble spray head and attach to sprayer.

Set to Vertical Spray Pattern

Set sprayer to vertical spray pattern to match the vertical pattern of the bead board.

Step 6 - Tape & Drape

Cover Flat Surfaces with Tape and Drape

Cover all flat surfaces with tape and drape (note: stain creates vapor because of its low viscosity, so make sure to cover all flat surfaces in the room).

Cover baseboards and secure

Cover all baseboards with tape and drape, and secure with blue painter’s tape.


The versatile Wagner FLEXiO 3000 easily paints a kitchen and then switches to staining bead board with the easy change of a spray head.

Step 1 - Test Spray Coverage

Place Sprayer on Appropriate Setting

Place sprayer on lowest setting and test spray coverage on cardboard or spare wooden board.

Step 2 - Start Staining

Spray Bead Board

Spraying Bead Board

Stain Bead Board

Moving from right to left, hold the sprayer 8-10 inches from the bead board surface and spray wall in an up and down vertical pattern. The stain will disperse quickly and the first coating will be a base coat to build on.

Step 3 - Let Stain Dry

Let Stain Dry

Let the first coat dry thoroughly according to stain directions (6-8 hours).

Step 4 - Re-Apply Stain

Re-Apply Stain for Desired Color Depth

Re-apply the stain until it reaches the desired depth of color.

Step 5 - Finishing the Job

Remove Tape, Tape and Drape, and Cloths

Let dry and remove all tape and drape, and paint clothes.

Finished Job

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