Has anyone successfully tiled over a granite backsplash?
jeanniebalducci
November 24, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I know it seems like a crime, but our granite backsplash is too dark and busy along with granite countertops. There's no way to pull it off without damaging the upper cabinets and wall. I'd like to tile over it with light travertine subway tile. (I know we'll have to pull the electrical outlet boxes forward or replace them.)
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Joanne Jakab Interior Design
I am surprised you can't remove the backsplash without damaging the cabinets. Under cabinet mouldings can be unscrewed fairly easily . The wall of course could be damaged but that's not usually that big of a fix.
Doing it right will actually save you time, money and effort. There really isn't a shortcut that will look good and last for more than a year in my opinion.
5 Likes   November 24, 2013 at 4:11PM
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Fred S
What? Two hours and nobody has told you to just paint it white yet?
11 Likes   November 24, 2013 at 4:54PM
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chookchook2
They're all asleep, Fred.
2 Likes   November 24, 2013 at 4:57PM
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Ironwood Builders
I think they'll say gray paint Fred. And I'm pretty sure it will be some wild Rustoleum product. But seriously, tiling over stone cane be done if the stone is VERY secure to the substrate. Take a diamond wheel grinder to abraded the stone surface to achieve a bond with the modified thinset.
7 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 12:44AM
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David J Gill
Why not consider some large piece or panel material that won't require adhering to the granite. I'm thinking STAINLESS STEEL, if that would work with your decor. It would also be thin and not require you to fuss with electrical outlets too much. There must be some other materials that could be put up in large panels...but nothing is coming to mind at the moment.
5 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 1:16AM
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chookchook2
Copper? It's right on trend, but would it conduct electric from the outlet?
2 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 1:33AM
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Fred S
No more than the metal on the range, microwave, toaster, refrigerator, range hood, garbage disposal, light fixture, decorative outlet cover, ........
5 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 9:14AM
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David J Gill
METAL BACK-SPLASH will not conduct electricity. Live wires are contained in box, wrapped, connected to switch or outlet not exposed to random contact. No different that a metal switch/outlet plate cover.
3 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 10:43AM
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happyasaclam
Hehehehehe! Another cover-up/electrocution/fire/disaster discussion! I'm in! :D
4 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 11:18AM
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Fred S
If you run an electric current through a metal pot with chowder in it, will the clams feel it?
5 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 11:30AM
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happyasaclam
Sorry, Jeannie. Sometimes certain topics cause excessive electrical brain stimuation in a select group of Houzzers :D
2 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 1:17PM
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chookchook2
Fred, go to "where do I find quality bedding" and read everything. Having today off from Houzz, see ya happy, Fred and all.
2 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 1:36PM
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karemore55
Quick question, Chook - do you ever sleep? Isn't it like 5:30 am in Aussieland right now?
3 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 1:39PM
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happyasaclam
G'nite, chook :)
1 Like   November 25, 2013 at 1:56PM
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happyasaclam
Ok, Fred.. It took me awhile, but I get it!!! :D G'nite to all from East Texas!
2 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 7:18PM
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Hammonds Paints Ballarat
How about pressed metal painted a light neutral colour?
You can get so many patterns and then you just cut it and place...
1 Like   November 25, 2013 at 7:24PM
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condomary
Jeez Fred, I'm going to have to wear sneakers and rubber gloves just to microwave my dinner and do dishes
4 Likes   November 25, 2013 at 7:29PM
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Valley Floors
Irornwood Builders has steered you in the right direction, you can tile over your existing granite backsplash with the proper surface prep. You do need to be thoughtful about exposed ends, etc- to make sure you have a graceful way of dealing with them. I would highly recommend leaving this project to the pros!
Best of luck!
   November 26, 2013 at 8:53AM
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Emily Mattie
What did you end up doing?
   January 17, 2014 at 1:24PM
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kksimons
We had a dark slab granite backsplash and my tile guy said we would cause damage to the cabinets if we tried to remove it. He installed our new glass tile right over our granite backsplash and it looks great!
1 Like   January 17, 2014 at 9:01PM
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TILE SUPPLY SOLUTIONS LTD
Tiling over granite is no problem at all - not a bad surface to tile to.
   January 18, 2014 at 11:13AM
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