Z-brick backsplash--any way to cover?

brendainnjMarch 5, 2010

OK, this is a duplicate of the deco forum, but I think I'll get more responses here...I think I have the ugliest backsplash imaginable! It's the faux brick that was popular in the 80s. It's red with black "mortar". This is not cheap plastic cover; it's like half bricks that were put up. It is my MIL's house(deceased) and my DH put it up for her--he can't understand why I don't like it! I know the best case would be to tear it out, put up new sheetrock and have a CHOICE of backsplash. BUT, my DH is really not inclined to do that no matter how much I hate this stuff. It becomes the "someday" project which I know I'll never live to see. So, is there anything to cover the brick? My concern then is that the outlets would be too recessed to be usable. My DH suggested painting the brick, but a lighter color would just show more dirt and still be impossible to clean properly. If anyone has successfully done this I'd love to hear about it. Pix would be great too!

Thanks!

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Fori is not pleased

You should be able to pull out the outlets further--don't let that hold you back. Just takes some plastic washers. What about some beadboard (the thin sheets, not the actual individual tongue and groove stuff) painted up nicely?

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 10:05AM
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back2front

I had the same Z-Brick and I wanted to put up a tile backsplash so I tackled taking the brick out. I used a hammer and a beveled one inch chisel, it wasn't as difficult as I feared, just took some time and lots of coffee breaks. It will ruin the finish on your drywall and will most likely produce several holes. I patched the holes with patch kits I bought at Lowes and when that was done I resurfaced the wall with drywall compound and got the surface as smooth and level as I could. I tiled the backsplash and all went great and it looks fine. It can be done with a little elbow grease and a lot depends on what kind of adheasive he used, that will determine the difficulty of this project. I have before during and after pictures, I will try to post them later. The outlets are no problem just longer bolts if needed and a few washers.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 10:25AM
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brendainnj

Hey, thanks...I'm almost tempted to try the hammer & chisel! Do you remember how long it took?? And, this may sound silly but does the brick fly off in pieces or just kind of fall down? I don't think the wallboard would have to be perfectly flat as my dream backsplash would be beadboard. I just want to avoid having to replace the drywall--that's really the killer for my DH.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 3:27PM
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back2front

Most of the bricks came off as whole pieces and the ones that didn't came off in large chunks [never had any that broke into little pieces and went all over the place] just make sure you put down plastic or newspaper to help with cleanup. The key is to put the flat side of the chisel against the wall and go even with the wall when possible, try not to dig into the wall. If I remember right I started around 9am and was finished by noon and that was on a L shaped wall, so I had several bricks to remove. If you were going to paint you would have to replace the drywall but since your not you should be fine. Try on a couple of bricks to determine where to put your chisel [right side, left side or middle] to get the best results, mine the middle seemed the best. It just takes some determination and keep focused on the final result which makes it worth doing.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 4:03PM
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Fori is not pleased

Silly DH--compared to removing that stuff, drywall is easy! Especially since you won't have to do a great tape job.

Yeah...take it out! I think you'll enjoy it. :)

But if hubby really balks at it, you can cover.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 4:14PM
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shortkatie

I had that in my kitchen. I painted it and lived with that for a year before finally removing it. When I did remove it, I had pretty much the same experience as the other poster. Not too bad, the stuff came off pretty easily, but more work than patching drywall.

I really liked the way it looked painted. But it's hard enough to keep that stuff clean anyway, and painting made it worse. Part of that was my barely working recirculating range hood, I'm sure. It was a terrible combination.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 9:44PM
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