By Gene and Katie Hamilton
To give a kitchen a fast facelift, consider installing a metal backsplash. It will add personality and functionality to the hardworking countertop and cabinets. A backsplash made of stainless steel tiles will protect against water, grease and food stains, and will be an easy-to-clean surface for years to come. We found a good selection of peel-and-stick stainless steel tiles at Lowes and online at www.aspectideas.com where installation instructions are available. There are design ideas for laying out the tiles in different patterns, too.
At Armstrong you'll find Project Ideas and Metal Backsplash Installation Instructions.
A contractor will install 20 square feet of 3- by 6-inch stainless steel tiles as a kitchen backsplash for $305, which includes labor and material. You can do the job for $75, the cost of the tiles and wall primer. Measure the space to determine the number of tiles needed and then place them on a flat surface to create the layout design you want. The surface must be a sound substrate that's clean, flat, smooth and dry, such as wallboard. Use an oil-based primer such as KILZ to prepare the surface.
You'll need a chalk line to create a vertical and horizontal reference line to guide in the placement. You'll also need a measuring tape, straightedge and level. If the tiles require cutting, you'll need a chop saw and miter box.
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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install a metal backsplash lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020