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Re-Mudding Backsplash Wall

Today we are back in the kitchen talking about our backsplash wall. Where we left off last time our kitchen looked like this after removing our laminate backsplash.

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And today it looks like this…

DIY kitchen backsplash

It looks a lot better now but it took a little bit of work to get to this point. First thing was patching all the holes, really just evening everything out. I used sheet-rock mud and a taping knife to apply a little coat of mud to the wall.

UPDATE: After finishing the backsplash, I had some bubbling on the paint after removing the painters tape. I asked my dad about it and he suggested to prime the wall before adding any new mud. So paint the wall with primer first, then mud, and then you will prime it again…

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Applying mud to wall, don’t mind my painting/working pants…

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After a 24 hour dry time (mine was longer because I had some really big holes), I took a 300 grit sandpaper and sanded the whole area. This can make a little bit of a mess so have your vacuum on hand.

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After cleaning the wall with the vacuum, I applied another light coat of mud.

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Then I smoothed the mud out with the taping knife and lightly sanded after it dried.

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I did have to apply a third coat right below the window, I had some really big holes…

remove laminate backsplash

Here is what our backsplash looks like now, don’t mind the cabinets they are getting their own makeover…

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Anyone else wanting to redo their backsplash? What is your favorite type of backsplash?

10 Comments

  1. We just finished our backsplash and had to do a lot of repairs to the drywall (although not as many as you!). I can’t wait to see the finished product :)

    1. I can not wait to show the finished product!!! Your backsplash looks great, nice work!!!

  2. Oh my gosh – SO glad I found this! I have laminate backsplash and it’s so hard to find information on removal and wall repair specifically for that annoying high laminate backsplash. Now I feel a little more prepared to remove it! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and checking out our blog! I wish you the best of luck!!

  3. How did you work with the glue? Did you mud over it? Remove it and then mud? I’m in the middle of doing this very same thing and not sure how to tackle the aftermath after. Removing the laminate.

    1. Hi Cindy, I did not remove the glue but tried to have the wall as level as possible before patching the holes (no clumps of dried glue). I hope this answers your questions. Best of luck!!!

      1. I guess I’m trying to understand what you did to make the wall more level since you didn’t remove the glue. Can you explain some more in detail?

        1. To be honest the glue was not an issue for me. I used the mud to make the wall level. And like I shared in the post once the mud dried I sanded the wall. This was the key to make the wall level but it did take three coats in some areas. The thing you will want to make sure about before adding any mud is that if there is any globs of glue to scrape it off with a putty knife. Please let me know if that does not make sense!

  4. Ok, this ditz is final getting it. I got some joint compound this morning and started the task. Basically, you out it all over the glue and holes. Right? It’s looking better already.

    1. Yes and then you sand it after the compound dries!! Good luck!!

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