Simple Backsplash Idea

When we were building our new home I knew I wanted a rock backsplash but I didn't want the standard mosaic tiles, I wanted the full profile of the rocks, with all their flaws and oddities. I fell in love with bagged rocks at Old Time Pottery and bought enough to finish off my project.
My husband was leery, to say the least, so he made plywood backs for me to work on instead of putting it directly on the wall. That was fine with me because I had enough work to do at the house and this I was able to work on in front of the T.V. and get a break from the craziness of building the house.
By this time I'd done plenty of tile-work so I tried applying the rocks like tile, with mortar. Yeah, that didn't work. When he went to attach my finished boards to the wall they just fell right off. I was determined to have this backsplash so I started again. This time I used construction glue and a caulk gun. Worked like a charm....
Here's a couple before pictures to give you an idea of the difference it makes, both pictures were taken while the house was still under construction. In the top picture we've installed the concrete countertops but the cabinet handles have not been put on yet. The bottom picture just gives you a broader perspective of the kitchen.
You need to be careful around outlets and choose fairly flat rocks, I still have some gapping here and there but it's workable.
I did not do any sealing before I grouted, I am fine with the way the grout settled into the cracks and crevices of the rocks. If you don't like that then seal the rock first. When I had finished grouting I put a coat of sealer over the whole thing.
Here you can see the profile a little better, I love that it has so much character.
Here's the finished product. Think outside the box and you just might surprise yourself with what you come up with.....

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  • Pam Miller
    on Apr 28, 2019

    This is beautiful! Well done. Now that you have had it for awhile, how difficult is it to clean like grease and splattered sauces off since it is not a flat surface? Thanks!

  • Bridget dugger
    on Nov 27, 2019

    Did you all the way down the wall behind your stove?

  • Nommle
    on Jun 9, 2020

    What kind of grout did you use?

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  • Maggie
    on Jul 19, 2019

    This is awesome! I love the rock look too. Concrete slabs are great! Nice work, enjoy and thanks for sharing!

  • Charise.
    on Oct 8, 2019

    Your rock job looks super cool! I really like your kitchen because it's not the usual trendy grey with subway tiled backsplash...blah, blah boring. I love that you tackled something different, you did it yourself and you weren't price-gauged by one of the "professionals". Well done!

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