Recently I was helping a customer who wanted to update her kitchen – particularly her backsplash. Many of my customers prefer the 4” backsplash (in the same material as the countertop) or a tile backsplash. I have written about the Kitchen Backsplash Idea Book and gave quick tips for working with glass tile backsplashes. But this customer wanted something more modern and “edgier.”
We looked at the metal backsplashes (copper and stainless steel). They were beautiful but would not fit into my customer’s budget. So we looked at the decorative thermoplastic panels. My store carries an assortment of these panels, matching trims, outlet covers, and special adhesive tape. But I have to admit that we were wowed when we saw the selections in the Special Order book!
Diamond Plate in Chrome
Ripple in Antique Bronze
Traditional 4 in Argent Bronze
Fasade backsplash tiles are 18″ x 24.″ There are dozens of styles and finishes available. Click here for the backsplash tile and trim calculator to determine how many tiles, J-trim, and corners you will need to complete your project.
- Designer Tip 1: It is a best practice to order 10-15% more than you need for additional areas or any mistakes that may happen during installation.
- Designer Tip 2: Properly prepare your wall for best adhesion.
Cut the backsplash panels to size using a utility knife (with fresh blades), scissors, or tin snips. Before installing backsplash panels, cut all pieces to size and make sure that they all fit perfectly in place and will overlap properly. When overlapping, leave a 1/16″ space for expansion. You can use tube adhesive or double-sided tape adhesive strips to affix the panels to your wall. Click here for complete installation instructions and an action video.
- Designer Tip 3: Complete the project with a matching finish outlet cover – a peel-and-stick laminate sheet that easily applies to light switches and outlet plate covers.
Cleaning and Upkeep
Upkeep is easy! Clean only with warm, soapy water. Using a high-quality auto polish can help protect the finish. NEVER use abrasive cleaners such as Scotchbrite Pads or Brillo Pads since they may harm the finish on the panels.
- Designer Tip 4: CAUTION: Even though these panels are “Class A” fire retardant, they can be deformed with excessive heat. Never expose the panels to heat over 140°F. Keep toaster ovens and cooking ranges a minimum of 2-3 inches away from the backsplash panel’s surface.
Just a quick note to follow-up: this company also makes ceiling panels, wall panels, and crown molding in decorative thermoplastic.
Minidome Wall Panel in Argent Silver
Coffer Ceiling Tiles in Argent Gold
Grand Baroque Crown Molding in Crosshatch Silver
- Designer Tip 5: I helped a very young lady select one of our store panels for use in her dollhouse!
This is great project:simple installation that can dramatically change any room with minimal maintenance.
Best wishes and happy designing!