The kitchen is the guts of the house, however it may be an actual downer once you don’t love your backsplash. Due to its vertical face and prime location, the backsplash actually units the tone for the whole kitchen.
In case you’re trying to take away your kitchen tile backsplash for any purpose – perhaps it’s previous, perhaps it’s outdated, perhaps it’s to not your style – this tutorial is aimed toward offering a worthwhile useful resource earlier than you start.
Relying in your tile, its age and sort, the set up strategies that have been used, and quite a lot of different elements, your tile backsplash removing expertise will doubtless be distinctive. Right here, we offer step-by-step directions and photographs for 3 strategies of how one can take away tile. Our hope is that this text will allow you to make the choice of what tile removing technique is greatest on your state of affairs.
Go forward and clear off your kitchen counter tops earlier than you start. Regardless of which technique of tile removing you select, it’s going to get messy. (And when you’re fascinated by upgrading your counter tops, take a look at this Homedit tutorial for putting in fake concrete counter tops, proven in these pictures.)
Additionally, acknowledge that the probabilities of your having to restore some drywall patches or exchange the drywall completely are fairly excessive. (A Homedit tutorial for drywall alternative is forthcoming; it’s not as arduous because it might sound if you understand the tips.) Simply put together for that risk proper now, earlier than you begin, so that you’re not utterly annoyed if (when) it occurs.
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- – Crowbar, chisel
- – Hammer
- – Multifunction (Dremel) device
- – Security glasses, gloves (non-compulsory, however advisable)
Start by eradicating the face plates of all mild switches and retailers which might be put in on prime of the tile backsplash to be eliminated. Subsequent, cowl all counter tops with drop cloths or some sort of protecting masking (not proven).
If you’ll be eradicating tile close to the kitchen sink (doubtless, when you’re eradicating a kitchen tile backsplash), put the stopper into the sink drain. It will maintain stray tile bits from falling into your drain and both clogging it or ruining your disposal.
Technique 1: Take away tiles individually. Starting at some extent of quick access (e.g., on one aspect of your backsplash), rigorously faucet a chisel with a hammer between the again of the tile and the wall.
This tile-by-tile technique is advisable when the tile itself will pop off pretty simply, leaving little or no injury to the wall behind.
Proceed eradicating the tiles, one by one, working from prime to backside, till all tile is eliminated. This technique might sound tedious, working with one tile at a time, however it is going to probably save time in the long term, as your drywall repairs might be minimal.
However what occurs when, upon removing of your first tile, it pulls out a whole piece of the drywall with it?
As you possibly can see, that is vital wall injury, and eradicating one tile at a time with this because the outcome is just not an environment friendly choice at this level. So right here’s the place we’d think about Technique 2 of tile removing.
Technique 2: Take away strategic, giant chunks of tile + drywall. (This technique would require you to switch the complete part of drywall behind your present tile backsplash.) Utilizing an all-function or wooden bit on a multifunction software (also referred to as a Dremel device), minimize via the drywall throughout your tile backsplash.
You’ll need to minimize by means of the grout between the countertop and the underside row of tile. Use warning together with your multifunction device subsequent to the countertop so it gained’t injury the countertop’s floor.
Reduce alongside the aspect of your backsplash tiles, from the highest of the countertop to the highest row of tiles. The objective is to chop right through any grout or caulk AND the drywall behind, however don’t reduce into the two×four framing inside the wall itself.
Use the device to attain and minimize beneath the cabinetry. Principally, you’re chopping all of the “partitions” of your tile backsplash. Reduce all the best way across the backsplash, then rigorously pull outward, beginning at an outer nook.
In case you have reduce the drywall completely, it is best to get a big chunk of tiles + the accompanying drywall to return off in a single fell swoop.
Your insulation, or naked framing, will now be uncovered.
Proceed this technique – slicing the perimeter of the tile backsplash utterly via the drywall, then pulling gently to take away giant chunks – all alongside the rest of your tile backsplash till it’s all eliminated.
Right here’s what your wall will appear to be at this level. However in the event you’re having a tough time getting this technique to be just right for you, think about incorporating Technique three of tile removing.
Technique three: Crush tiles with a hammer, take away them and the drywall in bits. This technique is messy (plug your sink! And put on gloves and security glasses!), however it’s an efficient technique in case you can’t reduce across the perimeter of your backsplash for some cause. We couldn’t entry the perimeter of the tile above the kitchen sink because of a light-weight fixture, so the hammer technique labored out nicely for us right here.
NOTE: ALWAYS use warning throughout demolition, notably round electrical and/or plumbing elements. This writer and Homedit are usually not answerable for any injury triggered by means of any of those tile removing strategies.
Decide up the massive fragments of tile, vacuum up the remaining, and mop and scrub all over the place else. There might be a whole lot of drywall mud.Congratulations, you’ve simply eliminated your previous tile backsplash. You’re one step nearer to creating the kitchen of your goals!