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Old 06-30-2014, 10:46 AM   #1
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I am redoing our kitchen... on a VERY tight budget... I am stuck on ideas for back splash...

I received "30" 24 inch fence boards... They are 5/8" x 5 1/4 (I think) and 2 foot long... They have never been used... Only cut down to 2 foot...

I was wondering if these could be sanded, stained or paint, poly'ed and used as back splash...

Any ideas? Helpful hints?

Any help much appreciated!

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The first step is to determine if they are treated against insect infestation.

If not, I see no reason why they couldn't be used. I can hear the screams now. Good grief, that's a wet area, but really how wet is it and for how long. I would do an edge lap joint and treat with hot paraffin for a finish on every surface and end grain before installation for a natural look or paint a favorite color.

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As they dry they will probably twist all over so it would be hard to get them to conform to your wall.I understand budgets as much as anyone but think it's a bad idea.
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As they dry they will probably twist all over so it would be hard to get them to conform to your wall.I understand budgets as much as anyone but think it's a bad idea.
Ditto...

I think you would be better off with a nice heavy coat of enamel paint until the budget allows otherwise.
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Thanks Fairview... At first I thought about the wet area but again, like you said, it wouldn't be wet for long (if it got wet).. I am thinking painting them... Thanks for the help!
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Thanks for the help!
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If cupping is a concern, as most of today's lumber is, cut a kerf the length about 2/3 the lumber thickness deep and spaced about an inch apart on the back side. That will usually relieve any cupping stresses. The back side should be that which was the interior of the tree. Looking at the end grain will tell that story.
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Great! I appreciate all the help!

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