Ideas for a kitchen backsplash

by Tri12531505

I really want to do a backsplash for my basement kitchen. I have a few dilemmas though. #1- wall is concrete block. #2- It gets low amounts of moisture (preventing me from adhesives/grout (I think this is true correct me if Im wrong) #3- its painted with drylock and regular paint over top that. #4 - the surface is not very even (we had to trowel concrete patch over moisture damaged areas a few years back) I'm at a real loss as to what could be done. Does anyone have experience with a "floating" (my invented idea) backsplash of sorts? Perhaps a backplash attached a small distance away from the wall with furring strips behind or something? THANK YOU FOR ANY RESPONSE!!!

Uneven concrete patch
  22 answers
  • Sandy Mahar Sandy Mahar on Oct 30, 2016
    I would take contractors adhesive and do tin tiles. They always look sharp and r easy to adhere and cut. Or U could do pallet pieces and funk it up. They do not interlock so it would look rustic or shabby pending on your taste. Good luck
    • Tri12531505 Tri12531505 on Oct 30, 2016
      Thanks. Tin is a good idea...but I dont know about the pallets. There's moisture coming out of that wall- even in relatively low amts, I dont want a mold issue.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 30, 2016
    See if any thing will work for you here.
  • Cindy Cindy on Oct 30, 2016
    Why not try applying whatever type of tile to plywood cut to fit, then screw that to the wall and trim the edges ?
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    • Cindy Cindy on Oct 31, 2016
      You can use any type of trim, quarter round, cove, or stack the trim...add some rope lights...the possibilities are endless...just do you ! 😃
  • Marie Caruana Marie Caruana on Oct 30, 2016
    Beadboard in a frame.
    • Tri12531505 Tri12531505 on Oct 30, 2016
      A solid piece is a good idea....but I do have moisture issues & I'm worried what could grow behind- I just wouldnt know until later, that mold was growing behind or something.
  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on Oct 30, 2016
    • Tri12531505 Tri12531505 on Oct 30, 2016
      Thanks! I probably can't try any type of wood..there's definitely moisture on that wall- but I know that shiplap's used where there are moisture issues possible...just exteriorly. I appreciate the suggestion- Im looking carefully into all of them.
  • Janice DeLong Janice DeLong on Oct 30, 2016
    Would it be possible to find out what is causing the moisture and eliminate it? It seems like that would solve a lot of problems.
    • Tri12531505 Tri12531505 on Oct 30, 2016
      We have a flat lot. (so drainage is not great) We already have interior french drains around the entire perimeter w/ built in sump pumps....the walls STILL get effervescence and the paint/drylock comes off in spots after a few years... a continuous battle I'm afraid.
  • Carol Cook Lucas Carol Cook Lucas on Oct 30, 2016
    My daughter did old fencing and used Liquid Nail in a random pattern. It was stunning.
  • PamelaBlake PamelaBlake on Oct 30, 2016
    Paint with stencils, pretty colors, to match décor!!!!
    • Tri12531505 Tri12531505 on Oct 30, 2016
      Paint's a great idea. (especially a faux tile look) but I have two drawbacks: I'm not a good painter, and with the moisture it would need redone in a few years. However this is one of my top considerations- thank you again.
  • 241755 241755 on Oct 30, 2016
    Try using a dehumidifier.
  • Alice Alice on Oct 30, 2016
    Old tin ceiling tiles. They are malleable and only need construction adhesive. Also paintable
  • Doreen Doreen on Oct 30, 2016
    Use outside concrete paint, then stencil using brick stencil
  • Jea2430603 Jea2430603 on Oct 30, 2016
    Ship lap boards can be glued and painted any color or use a few different colors
  • P.chatty P.chatty on Oct 30, 2016
    Old newpapers, comic books, or make copy of family pictures make them into a border it's very personal or get your family put their hand prints , food prints, maybe even dog feet
  • Lle13409916 Lle13409916 on Oct 30, 2016
  • Sjt Sjt on Oct 30, 2016
    old tin ceiling tiles may be hard to find but new ones are readily available at big box stores, not very expensive, can be cut to size, available in several finishes.
  • PamelaBlake PamelaBlake on Oct 30, 2016
    Try the textured spray paint, you can get at home depot, this should hold up better than paint. You will have to tape off cabinets and countertops. Maybe with newspaper.
  • Sandy Mahar Sandy Mahar on Oct 30, 2016
    Basement wall-oh yeah.
  • Nancy Nancy on Oct 30, 2016
    I would consider using sheets of grout less tiles. You can use liquid nails to hold them on.
  • Deb Johnson Deb Johnson on Oct 30, 2016
    I have seen some done with stainless steel
  • William William on Oct 31, 2016
    With the walls being painted, thinset will not grip and hold. It's not the moisture, because thinset would create a seal on raw unpainted block. Firing out the wall would make it protrude beyond the countertop backsplash. A lot of good options given here by other Hometalkers. But if you do want to tile ..... You can use a tile cement board. Cut them so they fit tight between the bottom of the cabinets and the countertop - almost being wedged in place. Use a construction adhesive, glue, and wedge the cement board in place. Use a small level to make sure they're plumb. Then you can tile.
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    • William William on Oct 31, 2016
      Yes you can screw the cement board with tapcons. It reinforced with fiberglass matting on both sides and fiberglass fibers when its manufactured. It is usually screwed into walls or floors, but I wasn't sure if you wanted to do that with the possible moisture seepage. that you had.
  • Marie Caruana Marie Caruana on Oct 31, 2016
    Frame can be taken down to see what's behind beadboard. See if there's something you can do about moisture first (moisture barrier?).
  • Ellis Ellis on Nov 01, 2016
    Tin ceiling panels? I also believe there is a plastic faux tin ceiling material that can be used as a backsplash. Just glue to wall.