Backsplash Ideas

Errant_gwMarch 6, 2014

My granite is in and I'm looking for backsplash ideas!

The granite is River White. It's not nearly as white as others I've seen, though, so now I'm wondering if my first choice backsplash is still good. It's a split face marble (Jeffrey Court Churchill White @ Home Depot).

My plan with the BS is to go all the way up the wall that has the pass-through, and cabinet height on the wall with the window (which will have a valance at ceiling height to elongate the teeny window).

My cabinets are oak, that is painted a very dark green (although it almost looks black in the pictures). The floor is Brazilian Cherry (not quite as red as the picture looks, however). The walls in surrounding rooms are sort of a sage green.

Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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romy718

Wow-never would have guessed those are painted oak cabinets. Your countertop is mitered? How thick? Beautiful! Love your stainless apron front sink & island. Thinking like you should have something more dramatic for your backsplash.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 3:44PM
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teachertile

You will have to judge the color with samples that you bring home & put in your lighting. You could go with a simple white subway, or something more interesting.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 3:44PM
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teachertile

Both of my pics are from the glasstileshop.com

Here is a link that might be useful: Glass Tile Shop

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 3:46PM
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Errant_gw

That first one you posted, teachertile, is really interesting. It makes me think of bamboo. I might have to go check that out in person!

Yep, Romy, those are just your basic 80's golden oak cabinets. This is what I started with 3 years ago:

The granite is Mitered to look 2.25" thick at the edges. I also had them miter the backsplash/bartop pieces so the grain was continuous.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 4:56PM
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mary_md7

We went with a tumbled marble that comes in sheets (it's from Lowes). It has lots of interest, but doesn't steal the show from our giallo ornamental granite. (This was taken the night before grouting.)

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 8:24PM
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Mgoblue85

Errant, WOW...that's a pretty dramatic difference by just painting the cabinets. It looks GREAT!! I had to keep scrolling up and down to see that they were the same. The other changes look good too! I'm useless with the BS, but had to comment on your kitchen.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 9:31PM
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Errant_gw

Another thought, fog grey subway?

I sort of feel like subway is overdone, but is like the fact that it will be easier to clean. I also hate the look of grout lines, so I'd want very tight grout, the same color as the tiles.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 10:48PM
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drhomeideas

IMO a Calacutta marble looks very nice w/River White granite. We are installing a mosaic calacutta/milk white tiles to go with our River White.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 8:53AM
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Errant_gw

Do you have pictures or a thread I can take a look at, erdr669?

I'm still leaning toward the Jeffrey Court Churchill, which is a marble, although I'm not sure if it includes Calcutta. It's a mix of split-faced and polished, which I think looks nice.

I'll need to find a good penetrating sealer that I can apply both before and after installation. Any recommendations before I make myself crazy googling all the options?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 12:25PM
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drhomeideas

Search River White granite on Houzz. We are going to use Encore tiles. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 3:09PM
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bookworm4321

erd,

what color Encore? (I think I have 6 sample colors).

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 3:30PM
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drhomeideas

bookworm, we are using milk white and calacutta marble.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 4:25PM
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Errant_gw

Sounds pretty, erdr :)

I picked up all of my tile on Friday. I had to hit 3 Home Depots to get enough, as stock was low. I hope that doesn't mean everyone here is doing the same thing :o

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 1:39AM
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Errant_gw

Sorry for not posting sooner, but I went ahead and did the Jeffrey Court split-faced marble. I think it came out great, but I still need to grout and caulk. I'm sort of stuck there, wondering if I want white grout and clear caulk, white/white, or white and light grey. It seems like a bright white caulk would really stand out between the BS and granite and clear might look odd (somehow our gap seems larger than anticipated).

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 1:30PM
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romy718

If you have extra tiles, make yourself a little tile board of each choice. Looking forward to pics!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 1:50PM
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Errant_gw

This isn't a very good picture, just a quickie with my iPad (somehow my camera has run away).

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 11:58PM
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romy718

Wow-it looks absolutely stunning! The thick mitered countertops and that gorgeous sink just jump out at you. You nailed it. That is the perfect backsplash. I still can't believe those were golden oak cabinets. Give yourself a big pat on the back!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 12:59AM
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Errant_gw

Thank you, Romy! I'm quite pleased with how my kitchen facelift turned out. I was afraid that not being able to replace the cabinets would make everything else look like lipstick on a pig, but I think I've done a fair job of blending new with old.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 9:32AM
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doctorgirlfriend

Thanks so much for posting this! I found that backsplash on Home Depot's website, and figured it would be easy to find someone who had used it, but it must be pretty new. This was the only thread I could find. Any chance of a close-up? I'm trying to figure out how uneven the surface really is...the close-up on HD's site looks like it's pretty smooth overall. Any challenges or suggestions for grouting? Does it seem like it might be hard to clean? I'm hoping to put it floor-to-ceiling on a narrow strip of wall where the counters end, and I'm also hoping to get a puppy in the near future. :-D

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 11:28PM
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rubyclaire

Really nice transformation! Love your final backsplash choice - looks perfect for your kitchen!!

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 8:45AM
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ms222

Errant,

Like doctorgirlfriend I am thinking of ordering the same backsplash but can you post a higher quality close up and overall picture. Also what colors are in it? White grey and a hint of brown?

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 6:23PM
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ms222

Please!!!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 12:02AM
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romy718

Here's a pic Errant posted on another thread.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 1:13AM
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Errant_gw

I'll try to get a better picture after work. But really, you'd want to go take a look at the tile in person at HD. The overall coloring is white and gray, but there are plenty of other colors in there, as well. Ivory, brown, even some red and blue. About 60% of the marble is split-face, the rest are polished. I'm guessing the max depth variance to be about a 1/16"

The overall surface is quite rough, so I would not want it near a stove where it could get spattered with grease. I did manage to splash Au Jus from Italian Beefs all over it without it being sealed. It cleaned right up with a damp kitchen towel. Same thing with some blueberry smoothie. I'm guessing a soft bristled brush would work well for difficult spots and the occasional dusting (as I imagine it will capture a lot of dust).

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 2:08PM
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ms222

Errant I saw it in person and ordered. It's absolutely gorgeous the pictures you posted don't begin to really show what it looks like in person. It is mostly white grayish with some slight brown in spots.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 9:43AM
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