A Beautiful Backsplash for $10 and a Little Elbow Grease
Hubs and I are still saving for a glass tile backsplash. But for now, we bought a $10 roll of DUCK Brand adhesive vinyl paper, and went to work in our builder basic kitchen.
This is an AFTER picture. We also recently re-did our upper cabinets. The final kitchen project will be the lower cabinets that are still the basic orange oak with flat doors.
This is a BEFORE shot of the wooden/formica backsplash. I don't have a good shot from the kitchen, but this same technique is in our bathroom shown here.
When we removed the old wood strip, we discovered it hid a few builder's mistakes. This ugly nearly 3/4" bowed, gap between the wall and the countertop, under the window. The gross, dirty middle area is the gap.
We used LOTS of Goo Gone to loosen up the remaining adhesive on the counter top, and gently scraped it, then wiped up with clean cloth.
We sanded off built up paint layers, patched any bad areas in the wall, and then painted the white area (that had been behind the wooden strip. If we had left it white, that would have been noticeable through the contact paper.
Here's another final result photo. To remedy the gap problem, we painted and applied quarter round cove strips. See full details and more pictures over at our website. Thanks for looking.
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