How to Demolish a Countertop Backsplash


Removing the older tile backsplash and replacing it with a newer backsplash can really change the look and feel of a kitchen, even if that is the only thing you change. Many people believe the backsplash is just an extension of the countertop, and usually it is. But many homeowners are finding they can do a lot more with the backsplash besides just using it to seal the countertop. Removing the backsplash is simple and can be done with very little experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife
  • Small crowbar
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Flat putty knife
  • Run the utility knife along the top of the backsplash between the backsplash and the wall. This will cut and score the grout and any silicone that has been used to seal the tile to the wall finish.

  • Place the small crowbar or a flat head screw driver on the top of the backsplash between the backsplash and the wall. Gently tap the crowbar with a hammer or your hand to get the crowbar behind the backsplash.

  • Push a flat putty knife between the backsplash and the wall as far down as it can go. Gently pry the backsplash away from the wall. Slowly work your way down the length of the backsplash until the backsplash has separated from the wall finish.

  • Scrape any mortar or caulking off the wall with the putty knife or utility knife to clean the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear safety goggles or other eye protection.

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