Do I have to remove the short piece of granite to add a backsplash?

I would like to add tile to the space above the short granite backsplash. Question is: is it considered to be totally wrong (design wise) to leave the short piece and tile above it? Not sure if I’ve ever seen it done that way. Opinions???

q do i have to remove the short piece of granite to add a backsplash
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  • Gayle Gayle on Aug 25, 2018

    No, you don't have to remove it. We re-did our countertops and backsplash and the granite goes up the wall just like yours. It looks great!

  • Janice Janice on Aug 25, 2018

    Hi, no you don't have to remove the granite. Where I live it is quite typical to add the tile or glass backsplash above the short granite piece. Logic says this is the best way as often there is sink (backsplash) etc., and the solid piece is easier to keep clean than if their are small tile pieces there. It really is personal preference. To me, the backsplash tile all the way to the countertop provides a cleaner, more modern look. Either way, the "seam" between the tile and granite needs to be caulked well so no moisture can get between the two areas.

    • Buckysmomtoo Buckysmomtoo on Aug 26, 2018

      Thank you for your answer, I appreciate it. Been going over this in my mind for a year now! Now I know what to do! Thank you! Just have to find the right thing now!

  • Beth Beth on Aug 25, 2018

    I've done it in my kitchen! I think it's fine. If you can remove it, and you prefer that look, I would do that first because it will most certainly be easier to remove now than later. But if it doesn't bother you, or you don't have the means to remove it, I would not let that stop you from tiling. I'm including a picture here, but I have my whole kitchen posted here on Hometalk if you want to get a better idea of how the tile looks with the counters.

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