Solid Backsplash Behind Stove: The Genius Hack That Saves You Scrubbing!

Want the best-looking, lowest-maintenance backsplash behind stove? We walk you through why we did a solid quartz backsplash behind our stove, cost breakdowns, and whether it was a good idea!

Raise your hand if you enjoy scrubbing and cleaning your kitchen, especially after cooking!

Anyone? Anyone?

So now that we’re all agreed (any of you that raised your hands, please seek professional help), let’s continue!

As a couple who likes to cook, we still don’t like cleaning up afterwards. Therefore, we’re always looking for ways to make this kitchen cleaning thing as low-maintenance as possible. (A list of the 21 hacks we did in our own kitchen remodel is viewable here!)

One of the easiest things we did in our kitchen update was opt for a solid surface backsplash behind our stove!

Another one of our recent projects!


“Can you put a backsplash just behind stove?” & more answers!

We’ll answer some of the most popular questions about having a solid slab backsplash behind stoves, including

  • “Are slab backsplashes more expensive than tile?”
  • “How much did your solid quartz backsplash cost?”
  • Should you put backsplash behind stove?”
  • “What is the cheapest way to do a backsplash?”
  • “Can quartz be used for backsplash?”
  • “How thick are slab backsplashes?”
  • “What backsplash goes well with quartz?”
  • “Can you use wall paneling for backsplash?”
  • “What do you use for backsplash behind the stove?”
  • “Can solid surface be used as backsplash?”
  • “Can you do backsplash just behind stove?”
  • “Is quartz backsplash a good idea? Why did you choose quartz for yours?”


Tile vs Solid Surface Backsplash

Here you can see how our tile stove backsplash looked before:

We didn’t plan to immediately destroy this work of art behind our stove, as we wanted to live in the house for a few years before deciding on our final kitchen layout, but a surprise ripping out of our kitchen fast-forwarded the process.

Thus, we had to say goodbye to this tile backsplash a few years earlier than expected.

¡Adiós, baskets o’ fruit!


Why did we do our solid backsplash this way?

When we chose to go with quartz for our kitchen countertops (read about the 10 things we learned about quartz here!), we planned to use some of the offcuts for our backsplash behind the stove.

Originally, I was like, “I am NOT going to wipe any splashes or oils off the walls! We’re putting a solid surface backsplash not only along the back wall but both sides!”

Here you can see how our stove area looked prepped for painting and countertop installation:

kitchen stove area with wood drawers being prepared for paint and countertop and backsplash installation
How do we build drawers? This is how!

When the installers came to do the countertops as well as our backsplash panels, I waited until they were finished to sneak a peek. I wanted to get the full initial effect since I wasn’t quite sure what I’d think of it.

Long story short: I walked in and nixed the side backsplash panels immediately. It was too much. It felt too cold. And really, in retrospect, I can see that it was unnecessary—most of your splashed and oil will be on that back solid slab backsplash!

Here’s a peek at our countertops and quartz backsplash right after installation. We saved the two side panels they’d cut, to use for other projects later.

white kitchen after quartz countertops and backsplash installed

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What’s our favorite part about our solid quartz backsplash?

We can’t narrow it down to just one, but we can narrow it down to our Top 3!

#3: It’s SO easy to clean! One swipe and you’re done! Even if you have to scrub something particularly sticky off it, there’s no danger of damaging something because of the pros of quartz.

white kitchen with quartz backsplash behind stove only

#2: No grout lines! Zero. We did the same thing in our solid surface shower, with no grout lines to scrub there, and we’ll never go back!

Here are two quick video clip we created showing you exactly what I mean:

#1: It’s a cleaner look visually. There’s enough life and mess and detail happening in our home without having to add to it with some kind of decorative backsplash behind our stove. No fancy tile or mosaics for us. And definitely no baskets of fruit. In our world, less is more.

quartz backsplash behind stove in white kitchen, solid surface slab
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Why did we go with quartz?

When we had to surprise rip out our new kitchen, we did our research and opted for quartz for our kitchen countertops. (See our honest review of the Pros & Cons of having quartz counters here! We also go over cost breakdowns.)

When we had extra quartz from our counter slabs, I realized I could make my dreams come true—a solid backsplash behind our stove! I’d wanted this for years, and I saw how I could make it happen for free!

white quartz slab backsplash behind range stove in white kitchen, solid surface
Should you do quartz for your kitchen remodel? 10 Pros & Cons!


Solid Quartz Backsplash Cost

Size of our solid surface backsplash is 63″x36″, which works out to just under 16 square feet.

Technically, our solid slab backsplash was free (see why here)…

…but let’s say we were to do only the white quartz backsplash all by itself, with our material cost, fabrication and installation cost, our quartz slab backsplash would have cost us about $940. However, FREE is really closer to the truth because of how we did it.

The exact cost of our quartz, fabrication, and installation costs are in this post, including how to save money on quartz!


“Invisible” costs you need to take into consideration!

When looking at your costs for any home project, try to incorporate an estimate of how much your




is worth!

white kitchen with white cabinets and solid white quartz backsplash
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For example, if you spend 15 extra minutes every week scrubbing the grout of a beautiful tile behind your stove, and you estimate your time + energy worth as $50 per hour, you’ll

save $650 per year

of having a solid surface backsplash instead of tile!

We discuss this same kind of savings in posts like this one and the rest of our kitchen hacks. (Not to mention all our other home projects!)


“What are some alternative materials for a solid surface backsplash?”

If you don’t want quartz, any other stone slab will work too! You could do a solid granite backsplash, a marble slab backsplash, even a solid slab porcelain…it’ll all help you avoid grout the same way our quartz backsplash does!

One of our favorite client kitchen projects. You can book a consult with us here.

If you didn’t want a solid quartz backsplash or another stone-style material, other materials you could use would be a sheet of stainless steel (very restaurant-esque), glass, or I’ve even seen a mirrored solid surface backsplash (for people who love to watch themselves cook, or maybe so you can pretend you’re on your own cooking show! 🤣 ).

source one, two & three

UPDATE: In this recent client design below, we used a large window as the backsplash and I’m LOVING it!😍

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You can also use wall paneling for a backsplash behind your stove, but just keep cleaning in mind, especially if it has small grooves. (Also, if it’s painted, it might be harder to clean because your cooking oils will stick to the paint more than to a stone or quartz.)

Stone or stone-type materials will also typically be more heat resistant! We love that our quartz has been near-indestructible and super simple to clean.

source one, two & three

Other popular questions about solid quartz backsplashes are:

  • “Are quartz countertops heat resistant?”
  • “Is quartz backsplash expensive?”
  • “Can you put quartz behind a range?”
  • “Is quartz too thick for backsplash?”
  • “Is quartz backsplash more expensive than tile?”
  • “Can you use quartz as a backsplash behind stove?”
  • “How much does quartz backsplash cost?”

(Many of those questions are answered in this current post, but we also answer some of the others here and here.)


“How thick are slab backsplashes? What’s the typical quartz backsplash thickness?”

The size of our LG quartz was just over 1″ thick (1.181″ to be exact)—and that’s a pretty standard size to expect for slab backsplashes.

Solid surface backsplash in white kitchen made of white quartz slab
How we chose our white quartz kitchen countertops!


“What’s so great about quartz?”

Since we’ve lived with it for seven years, we share 10 features we’ve experienced of quartz here! (Along with more must-knows!)

We also share more about the costs of quartz in this post, including how to save money on quartz!


“Can you DIY your own solid quartz backsplash?”

It’s possible…but we wouldn’t recommend it. For the extensive time and effort you’d need to put in to DIY it, your time and money are probably better spent hiring a professional.

The fabricator is basically gluing your quartz to the wall. What you especially need them for is to

  1. Cut your quartz slab correctly, and
  2. Have an experienced team help lift and install (it’s super heavy!) without doing any damage to your beautiful stone panel.

For such a focal point in the kitchen, we were happy to spend just a few extra hundred bucks to make sure it was done correctly—and with minimal time, energy, and effort needed on our part.

white quartz backsplash behind stove in white kitchen, white solid surface panels behind range

Remember…if you want to remodel or even just organize your kitchen, you (100%) need THIS!👈


See our 21 genius kitchen organization & storage hacks! or our list of “10 Things You Need to Know About Quartz!”

We’re also giving you…

  1. How to save money on your kitchen! (And what to avoid!)
  2. 5 reasons you should do drawers instead of cabinets in your kitchen!
  3. How to save money on your quartz panels!
  4. Choosing the best quartz color!
  5. Why we had our fabricator carve THESE into our quartz countertops!

For the complete list of posts about our kitchen remodel, click HERE!

PS: Our complete list of all home projects is here.

This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Jocelyn

    Hi I love it. Thank you! We had our back splash abd counters done in Quartz too, but after a night of having a professional chef cook for a dinner party, he had all 6 burners going on the stove top, we noticed that our with with grey veins (not a lot) more white than gray looks scorched from the high heat. The quartz surface is intact but the there is a discoloration you can see if you look closely that is a slight beige color. I’ve tried to clean it with Quartz cleaner but it didn’t touch the “scorch” any recommendations? It seems that only my husband and I can see it and no one sees it due to the shadow of the hood covering it.

    Any advice would be welcomed.

    Thank you!

    1. Jess

      That’s wild! We also have had all 6 burners going and even after a LOT of cooking for 7+ years, we never once had an issue with our quartz backsplash! Hopefully Google has some helpful tips for this happening because unfortunately–or fortunately :)–we haven’t had that problem!

      Thanks Jocelyn!
      – Jess

  2. Jen

    Hi did you push through with the quartz backsplash and cooktop too? Ours is also the same, no clearance from the backsplash to the cooktop and we’re worried if there’s a need to adjust it

  3. Molly

    Do you have backsplash behind your sink and elsewhere along your countertops, too? If so, what material did you use there and how high did you make it? Thank you.

    1. Jess

      Hi Molly! Yes, we did a short quartz backsplash about 4″ behind our sink.

      – Jess

      1. Molly

        Thank you. Most kitchens have a backsplash surrounding every countertop. I love the idea of not bothering with that.

        1. Jess

          Exactly! 🙂

          – Jess

  4. Sarah

    Hi there! I’m enjoying reading about your kitchen renovation. I’m planning mine, and I’m doing a stove nook very similar to yours. Since you’ve been using it for a few years now, how do you feel about the countertop space on either side of your stove? My 15″ sides got shortened to 12″ and I’m wondering if I’ll be able to make do as I cook a lot and need a landing space for batter, ingredients, etc.

    1. Jess

      Hi Sarah! Ours has been fine for us and what we use it for, our bowls, etc! 🙂

      – Jess

  5. Meryl

    I just read a thread on Houzz where someone was saying not to do a quartz backsplash as it could get heat damaged by your cooktop. Did you consider that? Any issues? Thank you!

    1. Jess

      Hi Meryl!

      Quartz is heat-resistant and we talk in more detail about the benefits of quartz in THIS POST! 🙂

      We’ve had it for over 7 years now and we’ve had literally zero issues. (And we cook A LOT. 🙂 )

      Hope that helps!

      – Jess & Matt

  6. Bob Hazell

    Hi, I have a full one piece quart backsplash all the way up the wall behind my range. I need to hang a range hood on the quartz. What is the best way to drill 4 holes in the quartz and what type of anchors will hole best?
    Thank you Bob

    1. Jess

      Hi Bob, without knowing what type of quartz you have, your measurements, etc. I’d recommend consulting with a licensed contractor in your area! 🙂

      – Jess

  7. Rachana

    Hi Jess,
    I see that there is no space behind the gas range and backsplash in your kitchen (we have the same situtation). Do you think over time the quartz will get discolor or might crack due to heat. Should I avoid using the back burners? Would love to know your input. Thanks

    1. Jess

      Hi Rachana! We’ve had it for 7 years now and there has been zero discoloration, cracking, or any problems of any kind! 🙂

      Jess & Matt

  8. neda

    The quartz behind my stove is not one solid peace and now after 6 mos. the heat is making the seam show. what can I do?

    1. Jess

      Hi Neda, can you call your installer and ask them how to rectify the situation? Just 6 months out that should not be happening, so they should make it right! 🙂

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