See how to easily install a kitchen backsplash using FauxPanels™ as demonstrated in one of our customers recent projects.
One of the most popular uses of our panels is to create a backsplash. While they vividly recreate the look and texture of real stone, brick or wood – they’re also easy to install, and completely impervious to water and moisture. In some ways, the advantages go even further – for example, one Regency panel provides 42″ x 24″ of coverage after installing a single panel. Imagine the time and effort involved to cover that same area with individual tiles!
But while the appeal of using our panels is obvious, one of the most frequent questions we receive from potential customers is: “How do we go about installing them?” And that’s where these fantastic customer photos come in – demonstrating step-by-step how to add a faux panel back splash to your kitchen.
As you can see from the BEFORE picture, this kitchen started life with a regular drywall, standard kitchen counters and an elegant wooden counter top. There was clearly the potential to add a more stylish backdrop, that also offered superior protection against spills, splashes and moisture.
That’s where Norwich Stacked Stone panels in rich Earth tone came into play. Molded from real stacked stone walls, they mimic the look of a genuine hand-laid surface – but are lightweight, and totally impervious to moisture. They offer the perfect combination of stunning realism and robust practicality.
Installation here was straightforward, but took a number of steps. The panels come with a standard coverage area of 43 ⅝” × 23 ⅞” – which means it would take two rows to cover the space. In addition, the panels needed to be cut to size and shape to fit around the cabinets and power outlets.
Fortunately, this is effortless compared to cutting kitchen tiles. The panels are made from polyurethane foam, a material that can be cut quickly and easily with a regular wood saw.
The first row of panels was cut to size and installed – and then the second row added on top. Because our panels are manufactured to slot together like jigsaw puzzles, the texture between one panel and the next is always seamless, and one row and the one above it also matches perfectly. The biggest complication in this instance was cutting the end of the left-hand row of panels to fit flush with the wall, and trimming a sliver of a third panel to fit, so it would fill the gap between the second panel and the space between the rest of the wall.
Measuring the space you need to fill is the most important step – you can always shave part off the panel, but you can’t add them back on (although you can cover small spots with colored grout, which we sell as an accessory.) That’s fairly simple for making large cuts, like the ones needed to fit the panels around the cabinets, but it’s a little more involved when adding the holes for the power outlets.
In this example, these enterprising homeowners used our Norwich Electrical Outlet covers to seamlessly blend the power sockets with the panels – and as you can see, the finished results look fantastic.
Once the top row of panels was installed, the backsplash was finished, and looks like genuine stone – a look that would have been far more arduous and expensive with the real thing.