4" backsplash behind vanity

LinelleFebruary 24, 2014

I know that 4" backsplashes done in the counter material are no longer popular in kitchens. But what about behind bathroom vanities? Esp. now that they're a whopping 36" high? I really don't want to think about tiling that wall, but there needs to be something to protect the wall from all the water.

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debrak2008

I think it depends. What is the counter material? Could it be other heights besides 4"? Why no tile?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 2:55PM
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cat_mom

We did a band of our accent or border tile over the sink in our guest bathroom. I think it's 3", same as the width we use on the shower walls. We like how it looks and ties in with the shower walls, and we like the protection it affords the wall directly behind the faucet (where water tends to splash and puddle).

We tiled up to the ceiling (over the sinks) with accent/border tile in our other two bathrooms. We thought it would give a more dramatic look to what are otherwise small, fairly simply designed bathrooms.

If you do a search, you can find pics of our bathrooms on this forum.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 3:35PM
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jewelisfabulous

I'm doing a 4" backsplash behind my vanity sinks made out of the same granite as the counter. I am having them shaved down so they aren't so thick and bulky.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 5:32PM
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Linelle

debrak, I don't know what the counter will be yet, but probably a very light still granite, marble, quartzite or quartz. IOW, I don't really know. :) I don't want a wall of tile. There will be enough in the shower and on the floor. I don't want a feature wall, just a calm, low-key bathroom.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 6:47PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Our new one is 4". Our old one was 6" and the wall to wall mirror sat on it. Now we have a framed mirror and it would look funny sitting on the mosaic backsplash. So, I think it is a design thing and you probably should draw up some scale dwgs to see how things will look with your other choices.

-Babka

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 7:21PM
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Linelle

My current counter, with integrated sink, and 4" backsplash is cultured marble. I will NOT be getting more of that.

I also currently have a large vanity-wide mirror that sits on top of the backsplash. It actually doesn't look that bad. Nevertheless, I don't know what I will be doing mirror-wise. I plan to either have a 3-part medicine cabinet with hinged sides behind the sink, OR a large mirror behind the sink and a recessed medicine cabinet on the side wall. I must have a mirror setup so you can see the sides of your hair.

A shorter 2" backsplash of the counter material (thinner) would be okay. I'm pretty sure I don't want tile there, unless someone can steer me to a photo that might change my mind.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 8:27PM
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enduring

I did a 4" backsplash with my new bathroom vanity. I LOVE it! The vanity is 60" at finished height of 36" and 21" deep. The counter is carrara marble.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 8:52PM
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ineffablespace

I think the short matching backsplash behind the vanity is fine. Especially when they are free standing or furniture-style. They present the issue of where to start and stop tile, and kind of "re attach" something that is supposed to have a free standing appearance back to the wall.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 9:29PM
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sjhockeyfan325

Mine are just like enduring's (in Ceasarstone).

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 10:56PM
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cat_mom

Enduring, you're just taunting us with pics of yet another gorgeous bathroom that you have (will have)! LOL. Can't wait to to see it all done!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 11:42PM
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debrak2008

Ok then I would run the counter material up at least 4" maybe more. I depends on how low the mirror is. Do you want it up to the mirror? Endurings looks good but some look too thick and bulky.

I think you will have to pick out the counter first and then decide from there.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 9:45AM
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Linelle

enduring, that's what I'm talking about! My vanity needs to stay between 56-57". It will fit into the corner, so I assume I would carry the backsplash around on the short wall? That's what I have right now.

BTW enduring, is that a single door under the sink? Have you finished the bathroom? Would love to see the other elements you chose.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 11:13AM
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jules8

Enduring's are beautiful. I don't like the thick granite as a backsplash and my granite finisher would not cut it thin. So I tiled with the same accent tile I used around the tub.

This post was edited by jules8 on Thu, Feb 27, 14 at 7:50

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 11:18AM
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Linelle

I know I need something to protect the wall and if I can get away with 4" that would be enough of a presence for me. I'm thinking I'll have a plain ceramic tile for the shower over the bath, either 3x6 or 4x4 and I suppose I could do a row of bullnose for the backsplash over the vanity?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 12:51PM
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enduring

Linelle, it is a single door under the sink. I debated if I should use drawers or a door. My plumber said a door would be easier for him :) I have a pullout inside the area. I will be putting an LED inside with an infrared on/off switch. I just installed one on the cabinet by my new W/D and am very happy with the setup. The electrician hardwired for the LED's but they aren't all in yet. The cabinet by the W/D I retro fitted an LED myself after I realized that light would be very helpful. I had an outlet installed already inside for the iron, so it was very easy to set up a plug in type LED bar.

I am just now getting a good start on the tile in the shower. I will be gone for 1 1/2 weeks so it will be on hold.

Good luck on your selection.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 11:42PM
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tim45z10

The backsplash looks fine. I would be more concerned with an electrical box right where the mirror needs to be.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 1:26AM
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analyst-therapist

In general, many people are opting out of the backsplash and putting fancy tile back there. Just remember that a traditional backsplash is very useful for.... Well....splashing water at the back. Don't forget the practicality aspect of it,

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 1:51AM
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enduring

Tim45z10, lol, that outlet will be inside my medicine cabinet that I am having made and wall mounted.

Analyst-therapist, I keep reminding myself that the backsplash is something to protect from water. I hope the little 4" will be enough, but I just didn't want a tiled backsplash this time around, too busy for me in this room. I was aiming for fewer details it the tile department.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 6:25AM
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juddgirl2

I used a 4" granite backsplash in my recent bathroom remodel. I like it!

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 2:33AM
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enduring

Juddgirl, lovely setup. I really like the symmetry too.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 5:41AM
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juddgirl2

Thanks, enduring. I like the symmetry too :-)

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 7:43PM
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Linelle

juddgirl, love your bathroom. Details?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 8:31PM
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juddgirl2

Thank you, Linelle! If you click on the picture it should take you to more views.

After living with a terribly old and ugly bathroom with water damaged walls for many years, it was really nice to finally finish this room (although we still need to trim around the window and door). Everyone on this board was really helpful when I was planning the remodel.

The granite is white river, sinks are Kohler Archer, cabinet hardware and toilet roll holder are RH Chatham, hooks and train rack are RH Vintage, arched hand towel bars are Ginger, lights and mirrors are PB, floors are filled and polished travertine, and the glass/travertine detail tiles in the shower are from Home Depot. I think the sink and shower fixtures are Moen.

One thing I really love is the hidden medicine cabinet that looks like a framed picture.

This is what we started with, right before we gutted it down to the studs:

This post was edited by juddgirl2 on Sun, Mar 9, 14 at 3:53

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 3:27AM
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Linelle

juddgirl, thanks, it's really beautiful. What about your vanity?

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 9:43AM
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juddgirl2

Linelle, we found the vanity at Builder's Surplus. This was a DIY project and we were able to buy this at the store and install ourselves.

We wanted it to be built in rather than a stand alone vanity and it's actually 3 separate pieces - 2 side sink bases and 1 middle drawer bank - but you can't tell because we bought the trim pieces to finish the front. I'm happy with the price and the quality - it seems solid, has dovetailed drawers and soft close doors and drawers.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 12:25PM
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gabethan

Juddgirl - how much wall space is there between the too of the backsplash and bottom of your mirror? Thanks!!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 7:22AM
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juddgirl2

gabethan - there's just under 6" between the top of the backsplash and the bottom of the mirrors. They're just a little high for my 10 year old daughter but she can pivot them down when she needs to.

This post was edited by juddgirl2 on Tue, Mar 11, 14 at 2:27

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 1:11AM
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leela4

juddgirl-(sorry to hijack)- do you have a photo of the hidden medicine cabinet that looks like a framed picture?

And am I correct in understanding that the mirrors are just mirrors?
TIA

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 11:57AM
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KevinMP

I did something rather unconventional that was by necessity given the wainscoting and the small return on the right bumped-out wall by the toilet, but it turned out great, and I think it protects the areas that need protecting. I used 2cm of the leathered antique brown granite from the countertop but I made it 5.25" tall to fill the height/void in the wainscoting pattern.

No regrets.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 4:34PM
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juddgirl2

kevinmp - beautiful bathroom!

leela - I've posted a picture of the concealed medicine cabinet below. I purchased it from: http://www.concealedcabinet.com/

Yes, the two vanity mirrors are just mirrors, although they do pivot up and down. We couldn't use recessed medicine cabinets on this exterior wall.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 4:54PM
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leela4

juddgirl-thanks for the info and the link.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 12:54AM
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