How do I remove a laminate counter's integrated backsplash?

by Lynda

I would like to try doing a concrete top over my existing laminate countertop. But it has a built in 4 inch backsplash that I want to get rid of. Any ideas on how to remove this back splash WITHOUT taking the whole countertop off?

  5 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 16, 2018

    Use a vibrating saw (small handheld) to cut flush with existing countertop. You may have to place something between the saw and countertop to prevent scuffing. Buy a couple of extra blades because it will dull fairly quick.

  • William William on Aug 16, 2018

    Kathy's idea is a great solution. It would be low going and take time. I'm impatient so I would is a reciprocating saw (Sawzall).

  • Archie Archie on Aug 16, 2018

    If you have a backsplash that was added it will come off with no big problem. If your backsplash is at a 90degree and has a seam at the bottom between the countertop and backsplash you should be able to pry it off. You will need a piece of, perhaps a short piece of 1X4, for your prybar to rest against so you don't damage the wall. Work your prybar under the backsplash at the top and start prying.

    Pry some then move down and do it again. Don't try to do it all at one time. It should come off but you will damage the wall and it will need to be repaired but it shouldn't be too bad.

    Good luck.

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    • Archie Archie on Aug 17, 2018

      I just removed backsplashes from two kitchens and neither damaged the countertops.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 06, 2023

    Hi Lynda, I finally found this for you, hope it helps you out.

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 06, 2023

    I would attempt to pry it out first. After removing the caulking slide the tip under the backsplash and use a hammar to gently push the pry bar down so it will loosen the backsplash.