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Installation order: cabinets, counter, backsplash

Posted by kendrahrose (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 11, 13 at 12:04


We are reinstalling our shaker cabinets with new countertops (likely reclaimed wood) and a new backsplash, probably heritage subway tiles. What order is the normal installation of cabinets, counters, and backsplash?

My contractor said it was in that order. But when we were doing demolition, I noticed that the old kitchen had a backsplash that extended down the wall well below the countertop height. I assume the backsplash was installed first in that instance. What is most ususal? Is there a need to have backsplash extend behind the counter? Its seems a waste of expensive tile to me but maybe I am missing something.

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RE: Installation order: cabinets, counter, backsplash

Your contractor is correct. Who knows why the previous owner did it that way? Maybe they left an old backsplash and put it new cabinets or counter that came out at a different height.

RE: Installation order: cabinets, counter, backsplash

Cabinets counter backsplash is correct
Leave enough gap between splash and counter to get caulk in there, not grout- 3/16 to 1/4
Since you have wood counter leave a small gap at wall to allow movement and attach to cabinets allowing movement. Oversize hole in cabinet, screw with washer thru it to counter.

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