A professionally installed kitchen is built to last, which means that most kitchen remodeling projects will require some serious effort. A granite backsplash, for example, is probably mounted to the wall with powerful adhesives. When removing it, do-it-yourselfers must work carefully to minimize damage to the drywall and countertop. After the granite backsplash is removed, the wall can easily be patched and painted or prepared for a whole new backsplash.
Cover the surfaces surrounding the granite backsplash with a dropcloth to minimize the risk of damage during removal. Secure the dropcloth in place with masking tape.
Remove any fixture covers from the backsplash. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws securing those covers in place and then lift the covers away.
Strip caulking from the edges of the granite where the backsplash meets the wall and the counter top. Cut the caulking with a utility knife and then carefully separate it from the edge of the backsplash using a putty knife.
Slide the blade of a stiff putty knife between the seam of the granite back splash and the wall on the open end of the back splash. Tap the handle of the putty knife with a hammer to begin separating the back splash from the wall.
Pull the putty knife out and reinsert it at the top edge of the backsplash between the wall. Tap the handle with the hammer and continue separating the the back splash from the wall.
Continue moving the putty knife along the length of the backsplash and hammering it through the adhesive. Pull the backsplash away from the wall completely.