Need help with removing backsplash

fromny2ncMarch 5, 2013
Need help on how to remove the standard 4" backsplash on a laminate kitchen counter. The house is 10 years old (previous owners did absolutely no upgrading). It seems to already be separating from the wall.
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
This laminate may have been installed with glue or countertop cement. First, I would try warming it with a hair drier to see if that loosens it at all. If it doesn't help any, you're going to have to use a pry bar at those loose places to peel it oiff, Regardless of how you get it off, there will be hard glue residue left behind - a real mess. There may also be some drywall damage. Don't forget to cut the caulking first. Since the "backsplash" was not a solid part with the countertop, it may be glued to the countertop too.
    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 4:08PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Laura Stermer
warning: make sure you put a piece of scrap wood between the prybar and that drywall, or when you start pushing you make dents/holes in the drywall.

better to be safe than sorry..
It may not matter as you might end up scoring the drywall and removing to insert new drywall. make sure to find studs and cut drywall so that seams match up to the 1/2 point of the stud so you have room for those new drywall screws to grab into the studs.
    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 4:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Update: After considering all of your comments, I got cold feet about removing the backsplash. I figured with my luck, something would go terribly wrong. Then I was bored last night and tried one unnoticeable side to see if I could do it. Before I knew it, I had done the entire kitchen and with absolutely NO wall damage! Apparently, the original builder only caulked the bottom of the splash to the countertops so it was super easy! Thanks for all your information though, I definitely was not prepared for this job. Often projects seem easy until you get started.
1 Like    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 11:41AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
You are so lucky but glad it came off so easily - it was obviously added as an afterthought so not really standard. Good luck with the rest of your plans!
1 Like    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 1:28PM
Sign Up to comment
Related Discussions
Need help with fireplace renovation. Remove surround one piece.
Home built 2001. Fireplace is prefab one piece. The...
Need help with my kitchen backsplash
I have espresso cabinets and a neutral color yet busy...
removing overbearing granite backsplash slab - the good and the bad
There are some great posts on this site! We are...
Need help deciding on a backsplash. Please help!!!!
We have moved into this home and have been doing upgrades...
Kitchen backsplash removal gone wrong
I thought it would be an easy DIY project. Remove...
More Discussions
Need sugegstion on master bath space
We are remodelling our house and have a closet next...
Need help for our bonus room - build a shed dormer
We have a playroom that looks like an attic space due...
ID this chaise please
I have a square main room in my condo with one side...
Need help for my bedroom
Since I live in a hot city where the weather is above...
Artika Pati
stuck in the bedroom
I am really stuck on how to proceed in my bedroom....
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™