Backsplash and 4" Granite Removal

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I researched every post I could find about removing backsplash and the 4" granite piece too. I didn't come across very many photos of the 4" granite part, so we were undecided about doing that. Once we decided on the backsplash we wanted I knew we had to take that granite piece off or I wouldn't be happy with the work involved in replacing the current backsplash. We did the demo work and hired a local company A-Team Flooring to install the backsplash.

I brought many samples of backsplash home trying to find one that would compliment the venetian gold granite we have. It felt like what we already had was busy and competed with the granite. I wanted a backsplash that had a little bit of a glossy look and the polished tiles look great. We chose a basket weave and pencil tile from the same tile manufacturer Bella Casa.

The backsplash is

Demo for the small mosaic backsplash was tedious. We used a chisel and mallet and had to go slowly chipping away at it. Most of it came off in small pieces. There was minor damage to the drywall, in a few places the tile installers patched it. With the 4" granite piece on the wall our biggest concern was it cracking our granite countertop it rested on and also worried about there being a large gap between the wall and countertop that the granite backsplash was covering. We started by scoring the silicone on top of the granite piece and then along the bottom. After tapping the chisel behind to loosen the glue the granite piece started to come forward and popped free! Yay! Relief! All of it came off pretty easy except for the long piece that ran behind our sink. We used the chisel and mallet and cracked the 4" granite piece about half way on the front of it and were able to free it in smaller sections. There was a few places that had uneven cuts between the countertop and wall. The tile installer used mortar to build the drywall out to fill the gap. You can't tell once the backsplash tile was installed over the wall.

We decided to have the backsplash trimmed in pencil tile for the edges, since we were using it to go around the basket weave design behind the stove. We also used it around the bottom of the kitchen window sill, we feel it gives a nice finish and didn't require tons of cuts to place it against the window frame. It gave a nice edge where the tile we chose was beveled.

You may notice we made a few other changes in the kitchen - those are for another post :)
Before we had a very busy backsplash that didn't work for us.
We used a razor knife to score the grout at the edge of the backsplash, then used a chisel and mallet to tap at an angle and chipped away at the old backsplash.

We scored the silicone on top of the 4" granite and also along the bottom where it touched the granite countertop. Then used the chisel and mallet to lightly hammer along the top edge of the 4" granite. We slowly wedged the chisel down and pried it forward until it gave and it popped free.
During - The old backsplash is gone!
Some of the white covering on the drywall came off but it was not damaged to where we had to replace it.
Pencil tile trimmed around window sill gives a nice finish.
During, before we painted the drywall buildup
Basket weave with pencil trim behind the range.
We are thrilled with how it turned out. These images were taken with my canon and the color is different then the photos taken with my iPhone.
We are thrilled with how it turned out. These images were taken with my canon and the color is different then the photos taken with my iPhone.
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  • Sar34123967
    on Sep 20, 2018

    I love the tile you picked! What color is this? Did you do some sort of variation in types of color? I have similar counter tops and would love to see if this could work for us!

  • Darlene Pearson
    on Dec 1, 2018

    Love your new backsplash. I have my wall under my top cabinets done in a full granite backsplash, which I now find too busy, and would like to remove and do a tile backsplash.

    How hard would it be to remove the full backsplash?

  • Mary Ann
    on May 29, 2019

    Just above & behind the stove what is the piece that looks perforated? Would that gather grease or does it just look like holes?

    • Ame Warren
      on Jun 5, 2019

      Michele - All of the appliances in the after photos are new, not just the stove. My guess is, because they could?

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  • Brenda
    on Jun 5, 2019

    That looks so much better

  • Donna Call Garwood
    on Jul 22, 2019

    My kitchen cabinets are from the 1950s they have the veneer crap on them lol I have painted them and it has chipped off, I love the space of them and is there some way I can paint them to last or do I just need to check into having new fronts made...

    • Giselle
      on Jul 31, 2019

      You need to use a really good primer like Zinser and then put a protective coat on the final coat of paint. I used the Zinser but not the topcoat and it is wearing off around the handles on the most used cabinets. I really wish I had done the extra step of a top coat! I was told the paint I bought didn’t need it ☹️. Wherever you buy your paint will be able to recommend the products you need.

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