Ready to take on that DIY steel backsplash project you’ve been planning for a while now? Then now is the time to do it! Full of modern appeal and functionality, installing a stainless steel backsplash can be done in just a few hours, at a minimal remodel cost. Before you order your materials you will need to make some measurements.
To do this, shut off the power to outlets around your sink, and remove any outlet covers or plates. Tape a large piece of paper against the wall behind your sink, and then cut the template down to the size you want your backsplash to be. Be sure to cut out holes for any outlets. Remember to cut very carefully and precisely, because this template will be used to design the final stainless steel backsplash. Take your template to a sheet metal or home improvement store, and order the product. You may want to take photos of the area it will be going in as well.
When it comes in, gather the following materials:
• Tape, either masking or painters
• Caulking gun and waterproof caulk for kitchen use
• A putty knife
• Construction glue or other adhesive
• 80 grit sandpaper
• Rubbing alcohol
Use sandpaper on the wall where the backsplash will be placed, to create a good surface for adhesive to stick to.
Run a bead of construction glue along the back side of the backsplash, and use the putty knife to spread the glue evenly.
Position the backsplash close to the wall. Start at one end and carefully smooth the steel against the wall, using either the side of your hand or a flat tool such as a spatula.
Tape the backsplash in place until the adhesive has dried fully.
Remove the tape, as well as any adhesive from around the edges. You can do this with rubbing alcohol.
Run a bead of waterproof caulking along the edges of the backsplash, and either leave them as beads, or smooth them into place with your finger. Let the caulking dry completely before using the sink.
Use any decorative ideas you’ve gathered for making it personal. For example, you might want to make it a gallery for displaying magnets.
I hope this has given you some helpful tips to find and install a stainless steel backsplash yourself. At the end of the day it will be a great choice as it is so easy to clean and maintain, and looks incredibly stylish as well.