How to Put Up Backsplash Behind Stove

Installing a stylish backsplash behind your stove can add visual interest and protect your walls from splatters and spills while cooking. With some planning and the right materials, putting up a backsplash is a DIY project many homeowners can tackle. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to put up backsplash behind a stove.

Selecting Materials for the Backsplash

When choosing a backsplash, consider the look you want as well as your budget. Some popular options include:


  • Ceramic, porcelain, or glass tile offers endless style options. Subway tile, mosaic tile, and larger format tiles all work well.
  • Make sure tiles are rated for walls and can withstand heat from the stove.
  • Use a tile backer board as the substrate before tiling.


  • Metal backsplashes like stainless steel, copper, or tin can give a sleek, contemporary look.
  • Make sure to use metals meant for backsplashes that can handle stove heat.
  • Often installed with adhesive metal tapes or mechanical fasteners.


  • Granite, marble, slate, or other stone provide natural beauty.
  • Use sealers and heat-resistant adhesives to install stone securely.
  • Can be pricey but add elegance and value.

Painted Drywall

  • Painting drywall is a budget-friendly option if done properly.
  • Use high-quality primers and heat-resistant paints.
  • Prone to more damage than other materials.

Preparing the Wall Surface

Once you choose a material, prepare the wall surface:

  • Remove existing backsplash if present using a putty knife, heat gun, or grinder.
  • Take down stove to expose entire wall area. Disconnect gas or electric as needed.
  • Clean surface thoroughly and repair any holes or flaws in drywall.
  • For painting, use painter’s tape and plastic sheeting to mask surrounding surfaces.
  • For tile, install cement board securely to studs as the backer before tiling.

Installing the Backsplash

Follow material-specific directions to install the backsplash:

Tile Backsplash

  • Plan the tile layout and use spacers for consistent grout lines.
  • Spread thinset mortar evenly on the backer board with a notched trowel.
  • Press tiles into the thinset and use levels to ensure they are straight.
  • Let tile set completely before grouting (at least 24 hours).
  • Mix grout and apply carefully following package directions.
  • Clean excess grout with a sponge and soft cloth once dry.

Metal Backsplash

  • After surface prep, measure and cut metal panels to size as needed.
  • Use metal cutters for clean cuts without sharp edges.
  • Attach metal backsplash panels with adhesive tapes or mechanical fasteners.
  • Seal seams with silicone caulk rated for high temperatures.

Stone Backsplash

  • Prepare the wall surface so it is clean, flat, and securely supported.
  • Use high-temp adhesives made for natural stone backsplashes.
  • Test stones first before adhering to ensure maximum bond.
  • Carefully level and align stone pieces. Use spacers to allow for grout lines.
  • Once stone is set, grout the joints. Clean excess grout.
  • Seal the backsplash once fully installed.

Painted Backsplash

  • Prep drywall surface by fixing flaws and sanding smooth.
  • Apply high-quality primer like Kilz and let dry completely.
  • Use painters tape for clean edges and roll on 2-3 coats of ceramic enamel spray paint.
  • Remove tape after final coat dries.

Finishing Touches

Once the backsplash is installed:

  • Reinstall stove and reconnect gas or electric as needed.
  • Run any electrical for backsplash lighting before reinstalling stove.
  • Seal any edges with clear silicone caulk to prevent moisture intrusion.
  • Wipe backsplash clean and remove any construction debris.
  • Enjoy your updated kitchen with a clean, stylish backsplash behind the stove!

Frequently Asked Questions

What tools do I need to install a backsplash?

Common tools needed are a tape measure, level, spacers, caulk gun, mixing tools, notched trowel, grout float, sponges, tile cutter, heat gun, putty knives, grinder, and safety equipment like gloves and eye protection. Have materials like painter’s tape, thinset, grout, backer board, and the backsplash materials.

What should I put between the stove and backsplash?

It’s important to leave a small gap between the stove and backsplash materials to allow for expansion and prevent cracking. Fill this gap with a flexible high-temp silicone caulk. The caulk bead should be about 1/4 inch wide.

How high should the backsplash go?

Standard backsplash height is 4 inches above countertops. For a full wall behind a stove, the backsplash can go all the way up to the range hood area.

Can I install a backsplash over drywall?

Tile backsplashes should go over cement board, not regular drywall which can warp from moisture. Painted and metal backsplashes can sometimes adhere directly to drywall. Be sure to prep and prime the surface appropriately first.

How long does a backsplash installation take?

The time needed depends on the size of the area and your skill level. But budget about 1-3 days for most DIY backsplash projects once you have the materials. Professional installation is quicker.


Adding a backsplash behind your stove can make a big visual impact while better protecting your kitchen wall. With proper planning and preparation, installing a tile, metal, stone, or painted backsplash is a project many DIYers can complete. Just be sure to follow all material-specific installation guidelines. Then stand back and admire your stylish new backsplash that elevates your whole kitchen.