Has anyone ever seen a glass (not tile) backsplash?
Sherri Griswold
July 19, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I have wallpaper that I've drooled ocer for years. I have no traditional place to use it in my 1910 bungalow. I need a kitchen backsplash. My idea is to put the wallpaper where the blacksplash would be and cover/protect it with nonglare glass. Has anyone ever seen this done anywhere? I'd love to hear your opinion of whether this is a viable project and any pros and cons you can imagine. Thanks!
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
That sounds like an utterly charming idea, Be sure the glass is well sealed so no moisture will get at the paper. Maybe someone else knows better how to protect it.
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Allison Burnfield McAteer
Google plexiglass backsplash and several images come up using wallpaper behind it. Good luck. I don't really know much about the pro or cons so I can't help with that.
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noiwh8
Glass is red hot right now, so you won't get funny looks when you invite a glass contractor out to measure. The only tricky edge is the bottom, but if you already have a backsplash edge (3-4" high extension above your counter) you are golden and this is a DIY project. I would make it glass rather than acrylic because the glass won't scratch as easily/quickly and the labor to cut the material is almost the same. If you have to seam the glass, a clear sealer will do the trick, but be stingy and avoid flooding the seam so that the caulk reaches the wallpaper. Just a tiny bead on your side is plenty.

Who has installed glass backsplash and can add some tips?
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bubblyjock
There have been quite a few Ideabooks covering this idea - it's one I'm hoping to go with, too! Using fabric, though. Figure we'll make a frame so it's almost like you've got a custom-made picture frame, so you can swop out the image when you feel like it.
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dclostboy
I would use starfire glass to minimize color distortion and use j channel supports.
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saratogaswizzlestick
I can see why you are in love with that paper. What a lovely and unique look for your kitchen. I would love to see photos when you are done.
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leelee
How much of the paper do you have? What is the height? I'm trying to figure out how to use the paper without putting glass behind a sink or stove cause it'll be a headache to keep clean and sparkling.
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KR Kitchen Remodeling, LLC
You have a great idea - the paper is lovely - all you really need to do is contact a glass fabricator in your area and let them template and install so you'll have no problems in the future - they should warrant their work. And as far as up-keep, leelee is incorrect, glass is easy to clean - much better than tile!
1 Like   September 14, 2014 at 2:22PM
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Interior Affairs -- Vickie Daeley
I agree with KR above
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skagitnana
Sheri, that link takes us to all of your pictures, which may be more than you want us to see. The elephant was cool, though.
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Sherri Griswold
Skagitnana, thank you for the "heads up," and I'm glad you enjoyed the elephant. That was a bucket list event and was fabulous.
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Sherri Griswold
The glass contractors I contacted all said my idea was not possible because there was no way to seal the paper behind glass. So, I painted it myself. I hope you can see it behind the stove in this pic of my kitchen decorated for Christmas. I painted it all around, but you can't quite see that in the photo.
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skagitnana
That is really cool. I love the A&C cabinets. Old house?

Re elephant...Thailand? I was in Chaing Mai in 1994 and went to a logging camp. Had a whole hand of bananas snatched by a greedy trunk.
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
That's super cool that you painted the scene yourself for your backsplash!
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Sherri Griswold
The house was built in 1910. The original kitchen was not intact, so we added this one. A cabinet maker created the cabinets for us. We tried to stay as close to the period as we knew how.
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Sherri Griswold
Elephants are at Two Tails rescue in Gainesville FL. Fabulous visit there.
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bungalowmo
Nice reproduction of the Bradbury & Bradbury!! LOVE their stuff!

Your kitchen is totally cute! :0)
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Sherri Griswold
Thank you Bungalow. I love the paper too and would have preferred to use it in fact rather than just inspiration for the painting. But we do what we have to do. I didn't think about contacting them about how to use it effectively as a backsplash.
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