How to remove tile backsplash

How to remove your tile backsplash

We are in week 3 of the One Room Challenge and of my kitchen renovation! This week I am showing you guys how to remove tile backsplash. Now I knew originally when I did the kitchen I was going to paint the cabinets, install a farmhouse sink and new counters. I was scared to touch the backsplash even though I could not stand the color and design of it. Luckily the new countertops didn't have the back lip which forced me to remove the existing tile. In the end I am really happy that I did and can't wait to get the new tile up. 

So how did I remove the tile backsplash? First let me tell you what you will need to remove the tile. 

 

What you'll need

Stiff Putty knife
Hammer
• Empty Box

Step One

In an area of the backsplash where you have room, either the side edge or where the backsplash ends behind an appliance, use your stiff putty knife to place almost behind the tile. Using your hammer hit the handle of the putty knife. Do this until the knife is wedged in between the sheetrock and the tile. It is very important that you use a putty knife that is labeled stiff. This will give you leverage to remove the tile and the metal knife won't bend.

Step Two

Using the claw of the hammer place them between the wall and the metal of putty knife. Using the hammer like a crowbar, rock the hammer against the wall causing the tile to pop off. Depending on the sheetrock and the mastic or adhesive used the tile should be pretty easy to pop off. Removing all the tile did take me a couple of hours. 

I did have some rough spots where the sheetrock was damaged. Honestly I took my time with this project and I believe that is why I only had two problem areas. In the coming weeks I am going to show you how to patch the sheetrock and how to tile your new backsplash with glass subway tiles. 

If you missed my kitchen renovation plans check them out here

If you are interested in seeing other One Room Challenge projects you can check them out each week here

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