Can we put back splash on this 1960’s pine (now painted) Paneling?


Can we put back splash on this 1960’s pine (now painted) Paneling? I just don’t like the painted wall behind the range. A microwave has been installed with a built in exhaust over the range. (Shelves are going in under the cabinets). I want to at least tile from the range up the wall to the microwave. I just want to know if it will Adhere to the wall and stay there.Thanks for info,Leasa

q back splash question


q back splash question

Before it was painted and the new cabinets and appliances.

  6 answers
  • Beth Beth on Mar 07, 2019

    Could you remove the paneling and add tiles on top of what's underneath? I think those grooves might make it difficult to adhere anything on top and have it stay.

  • I bet you're out East somewhere... That's a pickwick profile and super hard to find here in the Midwest, but everywhere in New England. ( here you can read the post.. I just redid our house... in the Midwest and had to ship it from RI!) Anywho... No, I don't think you shouldn't tile right on top of the paneling, you would need to install either go-board or cement board first to create a stable base for the tile.

  • William William on Mar 07, 2019

    Nope. Tile needs a smooth surface to adhere. Adhesive won't hold to the wood or painted surface.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 07, 2019

    Are the cabinets already installed or just sitting there? I would remove the paneling and start fresh. It looks like it's just thin paneling next to sheetrock. If you do remove it, then you can put up sheetrock and it will be level which will make it easier to put up tile all the way around. As for the shelves beside the stove, keep in mind that they and everything on them will get greasy and dusty and you'll constantly be cleaning them.

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    • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 07, 2019

      Honestly, it will be a lot of work, but I would suggest that you remover the cabinets and then remove the wood. You won't get a proper foundation for tile with what you have. Or you could put 1/4" sheetrock over to of it. I'm assuming that you're getting a new countertop? If you do, don't get the molded backsplash on it like you have now. Put on the sheetrock then the new countertop, then tile down to it, your countertop will be just a little less in depth, but nothing you'd notice.

  • Hi Leasa,

    We had a similar problem with part of our kitchen. We live in a 1950s cottage, that has been added onto over the years. We ended up adding 1/4' sheetrock over the areas and then placing the tile on that.

    We used the existing cabinets, but had to remeasure for the countertops b/c the sheetrock adjusted the depth.

    Here is some image of the finished backsplash.

    Good luck! Lauren - The Little Lake Cottage

  • Dee Dee on Mar 11, 2019

    I think you should just take that paneling down and tile over the sheet rock underneath. This way you will get a good bond for the tile to set properly.

    • Leasa Leasa on Mar 21, 2019

      There is no Sheetrock underneath. That’s my problem.