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.
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.
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.
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.
– 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.
After a couple of minutes I removed the side piece.
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?
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.
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?