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Inexpensive Backsplash

Question: The painted walls above my kitchen countertops are always getting splashed with food stuffs and a lot of it is very difficult to clean off the wall. I would like to have a backsplash, but I would like to install something less expensive than ceramic tile. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: You can install an acrylic panel above the countertop to act as the backsplash. Acrylic is a plastic that cleans easily and is relatively inexpensive. Acrylic sheets come in clear and a variety of colors. It is relatively easy to cut and drill. Use an acrylic sheet that is at least 1/8 inch thick.

You can screw the acrylic sheet to the wall or if you are using a colored acrylic you can use an adhesive.

Leave a 1/8 to 3/16 inch gap between the top of the countertop and the acrylic sheet backsplash so that you can apply silicone caulk to seal the edge.

Note: If you are considering placing the backsplash behind a gas or electric range or cooktop verify with the manufacture the minimum distances for placing acrylics with respect to their appliance.



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