Which should I replace 1st, the countertops or the backsplash?

by Alice
I'm going to redo my kitchen counter tops and backsplash. I'm not sure if I'm going to replace the countertops or cover them with contact paper. Which should I replace first, the countertops or the backsplash ???

  8 answers
  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Apr 02, 2018

    Do the backsplash first, move cabinets away from wall just so the backsplash is covered on the bottom that !ets the cabinets cover over the backsplash. Contact paper is very hard to do. Your going to cover the counters, I hope you know how to do this. I did my cabinets with contact, and ,,, I'm pretty good, your brave to do counter tops. My suggestion is cut out the paper, and lay it with the backside up to see how well it will fit.

    • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Apr 02, 2018

      Sorry Ebbjdl, you’ve got it backwards. Countertops go in first, then the backsplash. You’ll want the countertop touching the bare wall (might need to be scribed for a good fit), then the backsplash thickness overlaps where the two meet, creating a clean seam.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 02, 2018

    Countertops everytime

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 02, 2018

    countertop then backsplash

  • Emmen Emmen on Apr 02, 2018

    Countertop first always. Different tops have different thicknesses, you don’t want to put the time into a backsplash then have to pull some off, add to it, or redo it all together because of your top being to thick or to thin, and you really don’t want to be limited as to what you can use for a countertop because you’re trying to match it to fit the gap between you cupboards and your backsplash!

  • Who28586475 Who28586475 on Apr 02, 2018

    I was in the granite countertop business and always recommended that the countertop be installed first. This way the wall tile or backsplash will lay on top of the countertop. This will prevent liquids from seeping behind the countertop.

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Apr 02, 2018

    I would replace countertops first...there may be a difference in the width of the back of the counter thereby creating a gap that is easier fixed later

  • Amanda Amanda on Apr 02, 2018

    Definitely the countertop first. In order to install the backsplash properly you need to have the countertop to measure against.

  • Vintage Headboards Vintage Headboards on Aug 22, 2018

    Countertops are always first as the thickness of the material you'll be adding to the top of the base cabinets will vary. You will want to start your backsplash at the height of the countertop and go up to the bottom of your base cabinets.