Install a stainless steel backsplash
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Photo 1: Apply construction adhesive
Smooth the construction adhesive across the entire panel with a
wide putty knife. Spread it evenly so you don't leave bumps that
will show through the thin metal.
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Photo 2: Support the panel with a cleat
Screw a cleat to the wall so the backsplash will be supported
while the adhesive cures. Carefully position the backsplash and
press it firmly into place.
A stainless backsplash is a striking complement to
stainless appliances. It's also durable, easy to
clean and a cinch to install.
The edges will be sharp, so wear gloves and protect the
surfaces in your kitchen. On the back side of the panel,
use a caulk gun to apply a bead of heavy-duty construction
adhesive (Loctite PL 400 is an example) across the entire
panel surface. Use a wide putty knife to spread the adhesive
evenly (Photo 1).
A cleat beneath the panel will support the backsplash as
the adhesive cures (Photo 2). Position the panel carefully
and then press it firmly against the wall. Starting at one
end, use a clean, soft rag to smooth the backsplash into
place and remove any air bubbles. When you're finished,
remove the protective plastic coating.
Buying sheet metal
You can order a stainless steel sheet online (one source is
discountsteel.com) or from a local metal shop (about $50). You'll need
to know the size, gauge and finish. A thickness of 20 or 22
gauge is best for this project. Handle it carefully to prevent
denting it. To match your appliances, order a “304-#4”
brushed (sometimes called satin or architectural) finish
and ask to have the edges smoothed or deburred so the
panel doesn't arrive razor sharp. Most shops will do this
for free or for a nominal cost. The panel will arrive with a
protective plastic coating. Don't remove this until you've
installed the panel on the wall.
“Stainless steel isn't cheap, but we wanted something
to match the range and to protect the wall from heat
and grease. Ordering and installing it ourselves kept
the price low, and it really looks sharp.”
Steel Accessories Top It All Off
The Johnsons used IKEA's Grundtal stainless steel rails and
accessories to add affordable and stylish off-the-counter
storage to their new
kitchen. The screw-in
rails match the
and are available in
three lengths. The
Grundtal line also
includes the spice
and much more.