There is a reason wood is not a good back splash.
Actually there are many more than one!
It swells. It rots.
It smells. It spots.
It gets uglier with time.
Is there more I could rhyme?
For the photos I had to remove some things that apparently were habitually stored behind the faucet and beside the back splash in this kitchen.
A sponge and a scrub brush were right against it.
A bowl with a steel-wool pad inside, half full of water were right in front of it.
Another bowl also full of water was on the other side of the faucet.
You put that much water against wood for that much time and
no matter how often you caulk it
or paint it
or clean it
or wash it ...
Wood will continue to swell,
and not look well!
Wood will continue to rot,
and not in one spot!
Wood will continue to stain,
and look quite the pain!
All in all this was one ugly back splash!
And it will continue to get worse.
My clients asked me what can be done about it.
"Granite! The counter top and back splash. You might have to do some wall repairs too. That and some tile on the wall and you will have a beautiful kitchen!"
"Oh yeah, that's what we were going to do anyway."
My recommendation: sometimes you see something that has obviously been ugly for some time. People get used to what they see all the time. In this case I found the splash block to be really ugly (more than I could convey in these photos), but apparently when it gets "too bad" these folks just caulk and paint it again. Certainly that is not the long-term solution. But certainly when the wrong material is used in the wrong place, nature will take over, no matter what we try to do to dress it up!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560