How to remove the backsplash when part of the countertop?

My countertops and backsplash are all one piece, and at the wall it is curved, not squared. I want to redo the area of the counter to cabinet, and do a different refinish on the counter. Any ideas? House was built in the late 80's and the kitchen is slowly (new floors and appliances) getting redone.

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Oct 11, 2018

    Hi Nancy, if its laminate than it is wood than you could simply cut through it. If its stone you could also cut through it but the process is more difficult and requires a diamond blade and water as you cut. If you cut the top off of it, you could than find a thick enough backsplash to cover the cut, than you could also caulk between the backsplash and the countertop.

  • Nancy Nichols Smith Nancy Nichols Smith on Oct 11, 2018

    Thanks, now just have to find the time to do it... It is laminate. I was thinking to leave about 3-4 inches up the wall and do it with the countertop refinishing kit to a stone look, and then use a tile backsplash above it to the cabinets.

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    • Mogie Mogie on Feb 06, 2024

      Leaving 4 inch back splash really dates the kitchen.

  • Hi Nancy. If your countertops are formica and the curved backsplash is about 4 inches high, you can refinish the entire piece. You can find kits at your local home improvement store. Above that, you can redo the wall anyway you like...tile, paint, stencils, wood, etc. I hope I envisioned this correctly!

    • Nancy Nichols Smith Nancy Nichols Smith on Oct 11, 2018

      It actually goes all the way up to the bottom of the cabinets, and partially down the side wall from cabinet height at a 45 angle back down to the flat of the counter. I intend to cut it off about 3 inches above the flat counter and create space for a backsplash. Now that I know it can be cut like wood - just need the time now to do it. Will post before and after once I get it started!

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 06, 2023

    Hi Nancy, you can easily paint the countertop & its backsplash, I painted mine, here's how. Hope this helps you out.

    Lightly sand to rough the countertop up.

    Go to your paint store, tell them what you are painting, they will pick the proper paint and primer for you, you can even get the primer tinted for a better coverage.


    Once you have sanded, clean with TSP, then rinse and dry thoroughly,

    Apply your primer coat, let it dry according to the instructions.

    Once the primer coat is dry, apply your paint coat, I would apply 2 or 3 as it will be stronger and thicker

    Once your coats dry, you can apply a matte clear coat, either by spray or roll on, keep a small container of it under your sink for touch ups, (I never touched up) I had my counters like this for 12 years, until I could afford new ones.


    I used a few uncolored glass cutting boards for protection from hot frying pans and pots. It held up very well. And only costs you the prices of the materials.

    Good luck!

  • Irene Wasson Irene Wasson on Aug 20, 2023

    I’m getting new quartz countertops and I need to remove the old countertops with the 4 inch backsplash attached. Can I saw the backsplash off before I remove the countertop or should I try to remove it in all in one piece

    • Dee Dee on Aug 20, 2023

      yes you can cut off the backsplash. I did just that when I had my granite installed. I then added the 4 inch granite panel around the edges. It came out beautiful and I was able to tile the backsplash later.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 07, 2024

    Hi Nancy, you can paint the countertop! I pain ted mine years ago. Here's how.

    Lightly sand to rough the countertop up.

    Go to your paint store, tell them what you are painting, they will pick the proper paint and primer for you, you can even get the primer tinted for a better coverage.

    Once you have sanded, clean with TSP, then rinse and dry thoroughly,

    Apply your primer coat, let it dry according to the instructions.

    Once the primer coat is dry, apply your paint coat, I would apply 2 or 3 as it will be stronger and thicker

    Once your coats dry, you can apply a matte clear coat, either by spray or roll on, keep a small container of it under your sink for touch ups, (I never touched up) I had my counters like this for 12 years, until I could afford new ones.

    I used a few uncolored glass cutting boards for protection from hot frying pans and pots. It held up very well. And only costs you the prices of the materials.

    Good luck!



  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 21, 2024

    Remove the Countertops and cut them down, but remember you are going to end up with a raw edge! You could block in the area above the upturn and then tile over the lot?

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 22, 2024

    You can refinish the counter and stop at the curve. A vibrating saw or cut off saw can be used to cut at the curve. I'm wondering if it is a full backsplash or if it's just the back couple of inches above the countertop. You will want to check the construction material as well by looking underneath. Many times the formica was applied to particle board on those styles. If so, I would not disturb the countertops until you are ready for a replacement. You can cover with contact paper for an updated look.