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How To Install A Stainless Steel Backsplash In The Kitchen

If you want to update your kitchen, consider adding a stainless steel backsplash. A stainless steel backsplash adds dimension to any kitchen, and enhances stainless steel appliances..Stainless steel does not trap dirt, which makes upkeep easy. A DIY enthusiast can easily install a stainless steel backsplash by following these tips..

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need :

  • work gloves
  • painter's tape or masking tape
  • voltage meter
  • sponge
  • newspapers
  • pencil
  • flat-blade screwdriver
  • putty knife
  • utility knife
  • craft paper to make template
  • isopropyl alcohol
  • rolling pin or dry cloth
  • hammer
  • nails
  • construction adhesive
  • hacksaw or heavy-duty metal shears
  • one by two inch wooden board
  • stainless steel

Shut off power to the area from the breaker box or fuse box, and disconnect power cords. To ensure safety, run a voltage meter over each outlet. Detach outlet cover hardware with the screwdriver.

Lay newspapers or plastic over the counter to prevent it from getting cut. Sanding is optional, but it helps make the adhesive stick better. Scrub the surface with isopropyl alcohol and a sponge, then let it dry. 

Cut the Stainless Steel

Unfold the craft paper across the area, and tape it in place. Cut the shape including the outlets and switches with a utility knife. Remove the paper gently. To make the project easier, get the sheets pre-cut, then make the cleat as directed. 

Let the adhesive get to room temperature while you prepare the sheets. Cool adhesive may not flow well.

Carefully remove the PVC film on the back, if applicable. Pull the film from side to side.

Lay the stainless steel on a flat work surface. Make a  cleat for the stainless steel by placing the board on top, and cutting the board to the length of the sheet. Place this on the wall, and draw a line on the bottom edge. Nail the sides and middle of eh board on the marking.

Place the template over the sheet. Use heavy-duty metal shears or a hack saw to cut the shape, and be mindful of where two sheets connect. 

Install

Spread the construction adhesive over the back of the sheet using the caulk gun. Smooth the adhesive with the putty knife. 

Place the sheet on the wall with the bottom touching the cleat. Push the sheet on the wall. Run a rolling pin or dry cloth over the area to smooth it, and remove air bubbles. Cut additional sheets in the same manner.

Reinstall the outlet and switch covers, then restore power. If you don't trust your skill, you lack the time, or you need a complete kitchen overhaul, contact a professional for kitchen renovation.


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