Mirrored Backsplash to Pebble Backsplash

6 Materials
3 Days

I am living in my RV for the time being, but there was a few things that I needed to fix in one of them was all the mirrors everywhere! Especially in the kitchen as a backsplash. I realize that mirrors make it look bigger but it mattered more to me to make it cozy and durable rather then for it to look big! Y And the manufacturer thought it was a great idea but after the multiple scrubbing of the mirrors while cooking I just didn’t wanna deal with it anymore.

Who likes mirrored backsplash!
First thing first I had to remove the glass panels

First thing first I had to remove the glass panels. Pulled out my blow dryer and a spackle knife that was flat and could slide under the back of mirrors to be removed.

I didn’t want a lot of cleanup so I tried to keep each piece of glass in one piece

I heated up the mirror with blow dryer and slid the spackle knife behind it and gently pulled away from wall. Took a little bit of patience but I didn’t want to break them and get seven years bad luck!

Removing mirrors
Once I got all the mirrors removed in one piece don’t you know.

Once I got all the mirrors removed in one piece which was an accomplishment alone. I found that the glue was a little harder to remove. Are used a straight edge razor knife but it’s still left some raised residue areas. so I just used to goo gone to clean off the raised residue

Pebble sheets
I had picked up these pebble sheets at Habitat for Humanity

I had picked up these pebble sheets at Habitat for Humanity. It Was only 8 square feet, but I love them knew I wanted to use it for something. Bingo, just the right amount for my project.

Adhesive push through sheet
Hoping to cover up adhesive

Once I got them up I really liked it but I was concerned about whether the grout would cover the adhesive or not. I waited 24 hours to dry.

So far the grout was covering most of the flaws

I’m not sure if it was all the small pebbles are what but it did take quite a bit of grout I had to go back and buy a second small bottle of it.

Starting to dry
It started to dry I felt much better about the adhesive that had bled through.

It started to dry I felt much better about the adhesive that had bled through. Off-white grout did help to hide most of the bled through. I waited 24 hours to dry. Now it’s time to seal it.

Clear polyurethane
I said dry completely I cut a sponge in half dipped it in my can of polyurethane And coated

I took a sponge and dabbed it all over liberally I wanted to make sure that it would be easy cleanup. It turned out pretty good I don’t think you can see the bleed through and I love it so much more than the mirrors.

Updated pebble backsplash
This project tested my patience

It took me a couple of dayS to accomplish the small 8 ft.² but I had to let dry in between coats of grout and Sealing.

Finished grout
Looks great

Looks great easy cleanup no more mirrors and updated it tremendously. I hope you enjoyed it let me know your thoughts. Thank you

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2 questions
  • Penelope Evjenth Worsham
    Penelope Evjenth Worsham
    on Sep 10, 2020

    How do you clean the pebble surface?

    • Ruth
      on Sep 11, 2020

      used a sponge to clearcoat it with polyurethane so it’s easy wipe up.

  • Comet
    6 days ago

    Is this a Foretravel, by chance? We have a 93 Foretravel just loaded with these mirrors! Around the stove, around the dining area, in the bathroom, on the cabinets in the bedroom and an entire WALL over the bed of mirrors! Makes you wonder! I covered up the behind the bed ones first thing (I hate mirrors in any case!) I used a shower rod to span between the upper cabinets alongaide the bed and a linen type mandala shower curtain. (We also use the rods for sectioning off the front cabin driving area so that becomes a bedroom also w a bed we designed).

    Next up is covering the around the stove area, I tried a contact type tile design but it was too flimsy. Think I am going to try the peel n stick small tiles for this.

    I love our hand crafted solid walnut cabinets and the other details but those mirrors, not so much!

    • Ruth
      2 days ago

      Hi Comet, This is a Monoco with mirrors every where. I concentrated on kitchen area. The mirrors were constantly needed cleaning. I used tile mortar because I wanted them to stick in travel.

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  • Charise.
    on Oct 5, 2020

    Your redo looks great! ...but your mirrors looked awesome too! Mirrors really do make a space appear larger. Plus, you get to look at yourself constantly, while reminiscing about the 70s era, which would be my dream. I digress...

    Nice job here!

    • Comet
      6 days ago

      I have these same angled mirrors and they are EVERYWHERE in our RV. And around the stove are losing their silvering and they are almost impossible to clean. For some reason the glass of these is impossible to clean no matter where the mirrors are located in the rig. The shape of them is also odd, they DO cast beautiful rainbows when the sun hits them just right, but they also catch your eye all the time, which, to ME, is a problem.

  • Ruth
    10 minutes ago

    Comet, that is exactly why I replaced the mirrors. I was constantly wiping them down.

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