We all know what a backsplash is these days. The focus of it is a big deal on shows on HGTV. Expensive tiles, or metal or glass. What about wood? Sound strange for a backsplash? Well if you like the rustic look of wood and the warm feeling it brings, here are a few tips to have a unique backsplash of your own.
Reclaim - Buying reclaimed wood can be costly. But using wood that you reclaim from another project yourself can save you bunches. Make sure you have enough to finish your project and see how it will "stack up" as your backsplash.
Retreat - After you have your wood chosen, be sure to treat the wood for pests and then retreat it to protect it from stains and water damage. Glossy paints are easiest to clean as well as marine or porch enamel. Polyurethane can preserve a wood look. Use a spray on varnish over the stained, painted or bare wood. This will hold up the best. If you don't want a glossy finish, opt for a satin one.
Rework - Since you are working with wood, fire codes say that there needs to be a clearance of 18 inches between gas burners and flammable surrounding materials so you may need to rework your wood backsplash around a cooktop. Working in some non flammable materials in that area like tile, stainless steel or tempered glass may be a good choice.
I hope this blog inspires you to try something different. What other materials would look good as a backsplash in your home?