Many homeowners are taking the steps to add a touch of elegance to their kitchen by adding a backsplash. Kitchen backsplashes are installed between a kitchen countertop and the wall. Homeowners love kitchen backsplashes because in a way they act as a decorative border for the room. There are a wide variety of kitchen backsplashes that are available for purchase and installation; however, many homeowners select a stainless steel kitchen backsplash. Homeowners are likely to hire a professional to install their stainless steel kitchen backsplash; however, it is possible for homeowners to update their kitchen all on their own.
Installing a stainless steel kitchen backsplash is a bit more difficult than traditional tile backsplashes. Tile backsplashes are often installed by each tile; however, stainless steel backsplashes often come in one piece and in a limited number of sizes. To successfully install a stainless steel kitchen backsplash many homeowners need to take measurements and resize the stainless steel.
Homeowners who are inexperienced or do not have access to steel cutting tools are advised to seek outside assistance. Many individuals take their kitchen measurements and visit a home and garden store. For a small fee the employees at a home and garden store or a home improvement store are likely to trim your stainless steel based on the measurements provided.
- Once the stainless steel has been cut and sized to kitchen measurements the installation process can begin. Before the installation of a stainless steel kitchen backsplash begins homeowners are encouraged to clean the wall area and turn off the electrical power in all of the kitchen and surrounding areas. If the kitchen backsplash will include an opening for any electrical outlets the covers must be removed before the installation process begins.
- Once the wall area where the stainless steel kitchen backsplash will be installed is cleaned it is time to sandpaper the wall. Once the wall has completely been sanded it is now time to caulk the wall and possibly a portion of the counter area. Since the caulk will help to hold the kitchen backsplash into place it is important to make sure that the entire outline of the stainless steel backsplash is covered. Until the caulk dries and begins to hold the backsplash into place homeowners are encouraged to hold the backsplash into place with their hands or secure it with tape.
- Once the caulk dries the stainless steel kitchen backsplash should be complete. Perhaps the most difficult part of installing a stainless steel backsplash is sizing the steel to fit a kitchen countertop area. One the stainless steel has been sized it is fairly easy for a homeowner to install their own kitchen backsplash. The money saved on this installation can allow homeowners to afford additional updates throughout their home.