A Bolder Backsplash
Back-painted glass offers a colorful, durable option for kitchen and bathroom walls.
Synopsis: Back-painted glass is an increasingly popular surface material because it looks great and provides an easy-to-clean surface that’s nearly seamless. The material starts out as normal tempered glass that is then painted on its back side. The color choices are almost limitless, and the glass surface can be smooth or textured. This article explains the surface prep and describes the installation process. Good-looking examples of applications are featured in both bathroom and kitchen settings, which are the two most popular locations for back-painted glass. Designers, installers, and general contractors provide tips on how to get a flawless installation.
For a sleek, contemporary look in kitchens and bathrooms, back-painted glass has become a popular alternative to tile or synthetic solid-surface materials. The appeal is easy to understand: Back-painted glass is available in practically any color, is easy to clean, is durable, and can cover large surfaces without seams or grout lines. Best of all, its subtle, reflective surface brings a dramatic splash to any room.
Back-painted glass costs more than midrange ceramic tile but is on par with upper-end materials once all costs are figured. The biggest downside is availability: Not all small glass companies handle it. You’ll likely have to find a large glass company, and you’ll have more companies to choose from in larger metropolitan areas. Additionally, the substrate, usually drywall, must be absolutely flat in order for the glass to be installed securely.
What is back-painted glass?
The process of painting glass goes back to the 1950s, but it was less than 10 years ago that the material became popular in residential and commercial design, primarily for backsplashes and walls but also for countertops and even tabletops.
The glass used has to have a low iron content and so have only a minimal green tint.…