Kitchen Counter Backsplashes
While many homeowners opt for a backsplash that covers the area between their kitchen's countertops and cabinets, a kitchen counter backsplash is a great option for anyone looking for an attractive and efficient all-in-one design.
Available in a wide range of styles, materials and colors, kitchen counter backsplashes do double duty, adding visual allure as well as protecting your kitchen's walls from cooking and cleaning spatter.
If you're contemplating a kitchen counter backsplash for your home, your first task will be to determine which materials you want to use. Most common kitchen countertop materials can feature a connected backsplash, either as a feature of the initial design, or as an addition after the fact. The chief difference between a traditional "wall-attached" backsplash and a kitchen counter backsplash is that the kitchen counter backsplash is actually attached to the countertop, either via adherence of some sort or as part of a cut or molded initial design. For this reason, some of the simplest and most cost-effective kitchen counter backsplash combinations are made from synthetic materials like laminate and Formica, which can easily be shaped to create countertops featuring an attached backsplash.
For higher-end materials like granite and other types of stone, the backsplash may need to be cut and measured separately from the countertops and then attached after the countertops have been installed. It's possible to cut stone countertops with backsplashes attached, but the process is more labor intensive—and therefore more expensive.
When you've decided on the materials you'll feature in your kitchen countertop backsplash, it's time to figure out precisely how much you'll need. You can calculate this figure for the backsplash and the countertops in the same way—simply calculate the square footage of the surface area you need to cover, and you'll know how much material to source. Remember that for a connected countertop/backsplash combination, the two measurements will be separate and you'll need to account and source materials for at least two pieces of the puzzle—the countertops and the backsplash.
Once you've got the measurement in hand, it's time to source the materials for your kitchen countertop backsplash. You'll have plenty of options, as most home improvement stores stock a wide variety of countertop and backsplash materials. You can also peruse a near-infinite selection online, or, if you're looking for a more custom approach, search for a tile or countertop specialty store nearby.
With the countertop backsplash materials in hand, it's time to begin your backsplash project. You've got two options when it comes to installing your countertop/backsplash combo—you can install it yourself, or you can hire a professional to install it for you. In general, countertops are a fairly advanced installation, particularly if they involve cutting and sizing of materials (especially stone). If you haven't installed countertops before, it's probably best to consider hiring a professional—you'll pay more, but you'll save time and be able to rest assured that the job has been done exactly to your specifications.