Last week we received the following email from Cindy:
I hope you can help with a kitchen eye sore. We had to put a stainless steel sheet wrap-around behind the stove and sides of the cabinets to cover unfinished cabinet sides. Originally a large micro/convection oven was there. It was replaced with a new vent hood which just barely fit the space. The problem is that because of the heat from the stove, the glue will not hold the stainless sheets. Any suggestions to repair or replace would be greatly appreciated.Thanks!
This is the “eye sore” Cindy is referring to:
Maureen says: “I saw this for myself yesterday. It would be nearly impossible to take the stainless steel wrap off the cupboard and replace. My suggestion is to use decorative upholstery tacks or screws and tap as close to the edge of the stainless steel making sure you catch the wood underneath. When you have determined how far apart the tack or screw can be to hold the edge in place, I would mark off with a pen (for instance every 1/2″ or 1/4″) from top to bottom. Do both sides to match. Drill a tiny pilot hole where the pen mark is, then hammer the decorative tac k or screw in place. The screws might hold better as they have a longer shank. If you can, I would take away as much of the glue from the edge, with a knife, to help the stainless steel to lie flatter to the wood.”
Donna says: “First off, I love a stainless steel backsplash. I find it has such a clean, unbusy look. I do see how this issue would be classified as an eye-sore in an otherwise beautiful kitchen. My suggestion would be to use a stainless steel corner guard, shown in “A” below. It would be installed on all edges of the cabinets in question. It could be adhered with a combination of heavy duty construction glue and decorative tacks and screws as Maureen suggests above. Or if you have the space available at the top and bottom of the cabinets, I would use the method shown in “B” below. The mouldings may have to be custom constructed, but it would definitely be worth the cost to complete the look. Good luck!”