Kitchen Tile backsplash install questions

Old 01-01-14, 06:56 PM
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I'm thinking of adding a tile backsplash in the kitchen. I just have one issue that I haven't been able to find the answer on how best to deal with it.

The counter tops are laminate and the walls are latex paint. However, the laminate goes up the wall about 6 inches. Because of the laminate going up the wall there is a little quarter roundish radius where the wall and counter top meet.

What is the best way to remove / go over / anything else that quarter round part so that tile backsplash can meet the counter top as it should? Also is there anything i should do to the paint before placing the tile?

I've included some pictures as they are worth 1000 words each.

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I am no expert in any stretch of imagination, so be forewarned

It looks like the top portion or current back-splash portion of the counter is at least partially buried inside the drywall or it protrudes very little from the wall.
If you want to do it right, i.e. it looks right and lasts right...
and you can afford it, see what kind of backing your counter has from under the counter. If it's solid enough to support the extra weight, just lay a 1/4" or 1/2" hardybacker on top of the counter (it may have to be sanded/scored) to adhere with hardibacker. Completely cut out and remove the current back-splash at the begining of the radius you are showing, replace it with solid and straight/flat material extending from the counter tot he wall. Replace the portion of the drywall you want to tile with more hardibacker. Tile both, counter and backsplash with the same (or matching) tile.
I think I made it sound more complicated than it really is, but with little time and patience you should be able to complete it much cheaper than new granite counter.
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See if you can get a hold of a cove base tile in the same style you have pictured. Cove tile have a small radius at the bottom that "may" conform to the radius on the countertop. It may get you close enough that you can add a Schluter edge strip to make the final transition to the main counter.

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That's a good idea about the coved tile. Never would have thought of that.

Due to a lack of funds we are not planning on placing tile on the counter top. As much as I would love to do that. Looks like we might just have to start the tile at the top of the laminate. Bummer part is that I'm left with just 10 inches of tile from the top of the laminate to the bottom of the cabinets.

Thank you for the info.
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Have you considered just bringing tile down and stopping at the top edge of your counter's back splash? I have never done it but if you do tile over your laminate backsplash I don't think I would use traditional thinset mortar. I might just glue them in place with construction adhesive.

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