Removing Laminate Backsplash

Last year when we added trim around our windows, we had to chip away some of the laminate backsplash to make room for the new trim. So for almost a year our kitchen window has had broken plaster and chipped away laminate, plus we have not finished adding the framing to the window.

how to remove laminate backsplash

Lately, Eric and I have talked about finishing that window now the we have our own air compressor. And because we will need to remove some more of the backsplash, I suggested we just remove all of it and re-mud all at once. Eric thought that was a great idea but we should finish some other projects first. Sadly I agreed and worked on finishing the other projects.

Kitchen-laminate-backsplash

But one day, I was doing the dishes looking at the unfinished window and well out came the tools… And now our backsplash looks like this, at least it all looks the same now.

DIY-old-laminate-backsplash

If you follow me on Instagram you would know I did not tell Eric until it was done. He didn’t even say anything, he must love me! But in my defense, I was just going to try to remove the side piece to see how hard the backsplash was to remove. But it turns out that it was so EASY… So I continued with the rest of it.

Now onto how I removed the laminate backsplash.

Tools Needed:
– Utility Knife
– Puddy Knife
– Crow Bar

First I took my utility knife and cut along the edges of the backsplash. I did not push hard, I just cut the paint away from the backsplash.

Next I put my puddy knife in between the wall and the backsplash. Slowly I pulled the backsplash away from the wall. Then I put my crow bar (wonder bar) in between the wall and backsplash, again slowly pushing the laminate away from the wall.

remove-laminate-blacksplash

After a couple of minutes I removed the side piece.

how to remove laminate backsplash

Before I started on the main section, I removed the outlets from the wall. And I did take this section in smaller pieces. Here is the pile of our old backsplash and I think someone called Wayne installed it. What do you think?

wayne-old-laminate-backspla

Thanks Wayne, it did look beautiful before I ruined it…

Now our kitchen is yellow (as my daughter says it). But at least its one step closer to being done. 

Old-laminate-backsplash-rem

I have already started on re-mudding the wall. It makes me happy! 

Has anyone else randomly demoed something? Or do you want to demo your kitchen backsplash?

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Simple Frame for Artwork

Do you remember the DIY abstract beach artwork that I created? Well my canvas frame was a cheap one and now it will not lay flat. So I needed to create a frame to make the artwork straight again. I was trying to decide the best way to do this when I saw a post over at Remodelaholic about creating a simple frame

I decided that would be prefect because it was simple and tutorial made it look easy. I did use 1″x2″ boards instead because I already had some in my garage. I also used my nail gun to help the boards stay together better.

After some experimenting I decided to stain the frame with half golden pecan and half special walnut. I took a damp cloth and wiped the whole frame then applied the stain. I did not let the stain sit for very long on the wood because I did not want the frame very dark. 

Create simple picture frame

Next I applied one coat of poly after that dried I added my picture to the frame. I found that I did have to nail my picture to the frame because remember it was not straight. 

And here is my finished frame.

DIY Full Length Mirror

What do you think? The project was simple and only cost me $3 because I already the wood and picture. 

DIY Full Length Mirror

 Check out how I created my full length mirror.

Anyone else want to DIY a picture frame? Because this would look good for a big family photo or any other picture…

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Homemade Pizza

I have been slacking lately and have not shared a recipe in a while so today I am sharing one of my kids favorite meals: PIZZA. They ask for it all the time plus it’s an easy meal that they can help make. 

Homemade Pizza Crust Recipe

Here is our favorite pizza dough recipe:

Homemade Pizza Crust
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
2 hr 18 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
2 hr 18 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon instant or active dry yeast
  2. 1 1/2 cup warm water
  3. 4 cups flour
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/3 cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. Mix yeast with 1 1/2 cups warm water. Let stand for a few minutes.
  2. In a mixer, combine flour and salt. Using the paddle attachment, turn the mixer to low and add the olive oil until combined with flour. Then pour in the yeast/water mixture and mix until combined. The dough will come together in a sticky mass.
  3. In a separate bowl, coat the dough with some olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it aside for 1 to 2 hours, or store in the fridge until you need it (dough can sit in fridge for 3 or 4 days).
  4. When you are ready to make the pizza, grab half the pizza dough and roll out the dough onto an oiled baking sheet or pizza pan. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Top your crust with your toppings of choice. Then bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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 We also like to make a BBQ chicken pizza, we use this same dough recipe. But here is some more pictures of my kids favorite pepperoni with olives.

Pizza Recipe

Homemade pizza

Anyone else love a good homemade pizza?