How High Should We Go With Our Backsplash?

gdwright07March 27, 2013

The way we see it, we have two options. Option A; we take the subway tiles up just past the bottom of the cabs. Our cabs start at 18 3/8" above the granite while the six subway tiles stacked (plus grout) would take us to just over 18 1/2". So really it would extend an 1/8" past the cabs. Option B; we add another row of tile (3 x 6 field) to put us 3 1/8" above the bottom of the cabs. Attached a pic to help illustrate. Did a bunch of research, searching down examples on Houzz and what not, and noticed that Option A appeared to be the go-to. Just not sure. Would appreciate your help. Thanks.

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gdwright07

Another pic illustrating the other side of our cab/granite. Whatever we do on one side, we would of course do on the other.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 7:57PM
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ellendi

Since you have the four inch backslash, I would leave it at that.
Could you post the pictures you found illustrating your options?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 8:14PM
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gdwright07

Oh sorry, forgot to mention...the four inch lip is definitely coming off.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 8:24PM
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gdwright07

Oh sorry, forgot to mention...the four inch lip is definitely coming off.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 8:51PM
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ellendi

Can you take a picture from across the room of both the area in question?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:24PM
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jerzeegirl

We added the extra row of tile, but you need to use bullnose tiles for the parts that are not under the cabinets.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:27PM
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gdwright07

Jerzeegirl - That's exactly the sort of insight I was looking for, looks nice. The trick with ours is that our 6th tile up would just barely extends beyond the counters. So do we end it there or do we go with the extra row? Attaching a pretty rough looking drawing to help illustrate.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 8:01AM
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gdwright07

And thanks for the feedback ellendi, here's a pic of our kitchen (minus the island) per your request.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 8:02AM
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skimmton_chi

What about finishing it with the tile on the top like one of these? Alternatively, I think you could just have a bullnose for the 6th tile.


This post was edited by skimmton on Thu, Mar 28, 13 at 8:49

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 8:40AM
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gdwright07

Think we've decided that whether we opt for six rows or seven, the top row will be bull nosed.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 8:50AM
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deedles

Couldn't you put in six rows and then get some sticky tape and tape up a couple to better judge if you like 6 or 7 rows better?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 8:54AM
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DCkitchen13

I get what you are asking. :) We haven't done our backsplash yet--in fact, our kitchen is currently a bare, empty room. But I think Option A is what I've seen most often. I think either is fine but A is the usual. Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 8:57AM
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may_flowers

Jerzeegirl was fortunate to have a natural border with the door frame. Since you don't, another way to do this is to end the tile under the upper cabinets, not to the end of the counter. You also wouldn't wrap the tile around to that little side wall. That's been the general preference here. But maybe you'll have no option but to tile once you remove the granite splash and find a funky edge to your granite.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 9:08AM
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gdwright07

Actually I think we've decided to end the tile where the granite stops on both sides of the kitchen. Thought hard about it and can't imagine stopping the tile at the cabs on the camera left side of the kitchen. We'll want to take them out another foot to the end of the peninsula. That said, we'll want to strike a balance by wrapping the tile around to the side wall on the far end of the kitchen, ending it where out granite stops.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 9:39AM
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gdwright07

Actually I think we've decided to end the tile where the granite stops on both sides of the kitchen. Thought hard about it and can't imagine stopping the tile at the cabs on the camera left side of the kitchen. We'll want to take them out another foot to the end of the peninsula. That said, we'll want to strike a balance by wrapping the tile around to the side wall on the far end of the kitchen, ending it where out granite stops.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 9:49AM
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bcafe

We just went through this same scenario. We decided to end the splash directly under the cabs eventhough the peninsula counter is wider.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 10:25AM
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ellendi

Thanks, but what I really wanted to see was how the left wall ends. Jerzee has a door at the end of her run.
I am also not a fan of the backsplash extending out on the right wall.
I hate to say this, but in your case I would leave the four inch backsplash and paint a great color for the backsplash wall. But that is not what you are asking.
My vote for your options though would be A. Keep it under the cabinet.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 10:51AM
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gdwright07

Not a problem, picture of left wall.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 11:16AM
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gdwright07

Sorry, rotated.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 11:17AM
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gdwright07

And right wall, hope that helps.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 11:22AM
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gdwright07

And right wall, hope that helps.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 1:36PM
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may_flowers

I have the same set-up at my peninsula with 12" of counter past the upper. My reasoning is I would rather have a less noticeable untiled part of my countertop than have a very obvious section of tile floating on the wall. Also, the side walls of a counter are almost never tiled nowadays. I think you may be replacing one out-of-favor backsplash treatment with another.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 2:58PM
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ellendi

I am sorry to say I agree with may. If you remove the four inch BS can you repair the side wall and just have paint there. Then on the left, you just need to decide how high. i still vote for option A
Most important, you need to add a feature above those tiles that are as may says floating on the wall. Shelving, a picture etc for some balance. But we an talk more about that after you get your BS resolved.
My only question is and please don't take this the wrong way, but why wasn't the kitchen planned with the cabines even with the counter?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 8:19PM
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KBSpider

Ellendi, I think it's because that left side is the start of her peninsula; if the uppers were to go all the way to the end, they'd be in the way of the person sitting there.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 9:28PM
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may_flowers

My peninsula doesn't have seating, so I didn't go to the end because you can't reach into an end cabinet over a peninsula. I thought of doing a glass cabinet for display, a counter-sitting cabinet, or an open shelf cabinet for display and cookbooks. I went with the open shelf cab. Maybe two floating shelves with a rounded outside edge and butted up to the cabinet would work.

This post was edited by may_flowers on Thu, Mar 28, 13 at 21:35

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 9:33PM
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jerzeegirl

I reckon that the backsplash should be behind as much countertop as there is. To me it's a matter of form follows function. If you are going to be prepping or doing something messy on the countertop then the backsplash protects the wall.

I am sure whichever way you go will look nice.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 11:05PM
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purplepansies

I completely agree with you, jerzeegirl. Isn't the whole point of a backsplash to protect the wall behind the countertops? I think it would look even siller to have that much counter hanging out there past the cabinets and backsplash.

But I also do think it isn't very good design to have the top and bottom cabinets not line up when all you have is a stretch of wall on the other side or some other feature that acts as a natural stopping point. So I like the idea of adding shelves to the end of the top row of cabinets. Then there is no question about where to end the tile.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 8:09AM
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