Granite backsplash on countertops for freestanding base cabinets

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Forum topic by boston_guy posted 11-25-2014 01:58 PM 671 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2014 01:58 PM

I have three kitchen base cabinets that are about to get granite countertops.

The sink cabinet will get a 4-inch high backsplash.

The other two cabinets, however, are away from the sink area. One is next to the oven, the other is completely freestanding. Above both cabinets, on the wall, is a wood molding. The gap between the molding and the cabinet countertops (without the granite factored in) is 2.5”.

Should I get short backsplashes for these two cabinets? They could be about 2” high. I think it would make things easier, especially when wiping the granite (I won’t have to touch the bare wall with a wet rag). Also, I just think the countertops will look better.

Below are photos of the two cabinets without the granite.

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#1 posted 11-25-2014 03:28 PM

Not sure I understand your question

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#2 posted 11-25-2014 03:44 PM

Yes. Get the splashes.


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#3 posted 11-25-2014 03:45 PM

Iwud… cut out the molding and use full size splashes.
Normally you have a 5/8” subtop and then the 3/4”+ granite. Thats going to take up 1 3/8” of the 2 1/2” of space you have stated. 1 1/8” (or less) backsplash will look funky in my opinion.

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#4 posted 11-25-2014 05:55 PM

I’d also cut out the molding for the backsplash. You could cut it out just behind the cabinets, and use one of the waste pieces to make a proper return for what you are not cutting out. Also, you could consider a stone/ceramic tile for behind the countertops.

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