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shaine 04-21-2012 09:08 PM

Big gap on side on granite countertop
When we moved to our home, there was a wonderful granite countertop already installed in our kitchen. Its primarily hunter green with swirls of brown and gold with specks of cranberry red. We also had 4" back and side trims of the game granite.

We finally decided to install a backsplash (with no side splash) and pulled out the back and side trims. The back of the granite was installed flush against the back but the sides have a gap of 1/2"!!! Hence the dilemma. Obviously we need the 4" trim or caulking on the sides The design of the new back splash (1/2" square desert cream travertine installed diagonally with a border/deco listello running through about 4" above the lower end) does not allow us to install the 4" granite trim on the backsplash.

So the question is,

1. Should we just caulk the sides and live with it?
2. Should we install the 4" green granite back on the sides with the cream on the back?
3. Should we install a 4" trim of the same desert cream we are using on the back splash?

Since we are not professionals, and this is the first time we are doing this, I would really appreciate all opinions.


jklingel 04-22-2012 12:39 AM

It sounds like you have a cosmetic decision to make. Any of the options you mentioned will work, but what will "work" for you folks? Perhaps the cats who installed the granite countertop should be called in for a visual. They have probably been down this road 39 times.

shaine 04-27-2012 09:00 PM

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I have no idea who installed the granite. It was done when the house was made and I am not the first owner. No problems putting in a side splash, I guess the question is more of an aesthetic one. Aesthetically speaking, what would look better:

4" green granite on the sides (to match the countertop) with the cream tile on the backsplash OR
a 4" trim of the same desert cream we are using on the back splash?

I also attached some pictures of the countertop. Hope it helps you picture it better.

Thanks Again

rickdulaney 04-28-2012 09:35 PM

granite gap
Could you use drywall to bring the 2 sidewalls closer to the counter top before you put the back spalsh up? Cannot tell from he pictures what those wall are made of.

shaine 04-29-2012 01:37 AM

Thanks for your reply. The granite is cut in such a way that the lip is flush against the wall but the rest of the side isn't. Is we just use drywall against the side behind the lip, I'm afraid it might look just like grout. Also, if we raise the drywall that is we actually make the height bigger so it is above the counter, we would end up with really uneven walls.

PS> The side wall is drywall.

rickdulaney 04-29-2012 08:26 AM

Actually, I was thinking of adding drywallfrom the top of the counter all the way to he ceiling. That way the wall would look even, and your new back splash / side splash would cover the lower part of the new drywall. The 1/2 overhang of granite on the front edge could be cut back flush.

Fix'n it 04-29-2012 10:00 AM

how about a pic from further back.

if that were me, i think i would do a side splash.

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