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Old 02-27-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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Counter top decision, backsplash or not

I had a countertop made and we did a dry fitting before painting to see how it fit. I didn't intend to have a backsplash but the cabinet maker I used made one for it since the original one had it. I kinda like it without but the wife likes it with. i may have just answered my own question LOL. I guess I'm womdering what the thoughts are on what looks better. Do I need to be concerned about the backsplash to counter caulking tearing loose with the flex in the trailer or not that big of a deal? Or just don't use caulking for this? Thoughts?

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Old 02-27-2014, 10:58 PM   #2
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The backsplash will look good. I think it looks more finished.
If you seal the counter top against the wall as you install it, then seal the backsplash where it meets the counter and along the top at the wall, I would think the chance of water getting into the wall would be greatly decreased.

Just a thought.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:24 AM   #3
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BTW I like your sink, is it enameled metal or ceramic?

I'd go "with" the backsplash. BUT here's a thought. I used to have a built in knife holder in a backsplash. The prior owner of the house had routed 3/8" deep knife slots in the back of the splash. The knives are immediately available, yet safe.

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Old 02-28-2014, 06:08 AM   #4
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I am in favor of the backsplash. It's purpose is to keep any runaway liquids from finding their way into spots that make it impossible to clean them up. To me a countertop looks unfinished without a backsplash.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:43 AM   #5
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I agree - go with the backsplash.
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Old 02-28-2014, 02:27 PM   #6
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I appreciate the responses. I think I like the look without but I believe having it is more practical, form vs function I guess for me. I don't know how much flex there is when the trailer is moving down the road but wonder if a line of caulking at the backsplash to counter interface will hold up.

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The sink is ceramic that I got from Ikea. It is heavy at 37 lbs. Had I know it was that heavy I might have chosen different. The framing seems to hold it fine so just added overall weight to the trailer. I like your idea about the knife holder, you've got me thinking.

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Old 02-28-2014, 02:32 PM   #7
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Backsplash!
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Old 02-28-2014, 02:58 PM   #8
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Check out SmartTiles for the backsplash. I used over the existing wall and then trimmed the gap out with 1/4 90 degree aluminum stock, polished and clear coated. They are easy to install and look like glass tiles but are plastic and will flex, and are very light. Available from Depot/lowes website.
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Adam,

I have seen these and really like them. How easy did they fit over any places where you had to go over a rivet? Did that cause any problems?

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You need a back splash, if for no other reason than to fill the gap, giving it a finished look.


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Old 02-28-2014, 07:32 PM   #13
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I'll play devil's advocate. I scribed mine to fit and caulked, I like the more contemporary look.
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Adam,

I have seen these and really like them. How easy did they fit over any places where you had to go over a rivet? Did that cause any problems?

Barry
They are very forgiving. I just did some rough sanding and wiped down with acetone and stuck them on. So far so good. Very easy to work with. I will try and get some photos up.
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