Return to the Kitchens Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Posted by fouramblues (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 13, 13 at 13:06

We broke ground a year ago tomorrow on our kitchen bumpout/renovation. Seems like forever ago! We've still got a punch list as long as my arm, but it doesn't bother me much since we've had a fully functional kitchen since the end of July. The biggest thing left to do is the backsplash.

Yes, the backsplash... I got lots of help on GW and decided to go with a vintage-inspired 12" grey subway splash with chocolate brown pencil liner (thread below).

So I ordered and received all the tile. It just left me cold. The color was just too bland in my kitchen. (Yes, I had previously bought lots of samples.) And, though DH was happy to have the splash decision made, he really wanted a more contemporary splash. So I returned all the tile and let DH be in charge of round 2. He chose a linear porcelain tile that EAM44 suggested in a much older backsplash thread. The color sample suggested in that thread made the cabs look anemic, so we got samples of a different color, which we both ended up loving. And, finally, here it is in the boxes:

Photobucket

And here it is next to cabs (color is most accurate in photo above):

Photobucket

No installation date yet, but it's in the not-too-distant future. Thanks, GWers for all the help getting to this point!

Here is a link that might be useful: vintage-inspired splash thread


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Wow! That's going to look great once it's up. Great choice. Update us w/ pics once its done.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Thanks, kgolby! I certainly won't miss the opportunity to post my finished kitchen the moment the backsplash is finished! We're going to DIY it when it gets a bit warmer.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

It looks great with your kitchen! Love it! What kind of counters do you have? Can't wait to see the final pics!


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

I think that style looks great. Very nice color, too.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Ooh, love a linear look like that. i will look great in your beautiful kitchen.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

So nice to see something other than white subs. That already looks beautiful even just propped up against the wall. I can't wait to see it in! I keep scrolling back up to admire your pretty bowls and glass cab. And I've always liked those pulls. You've got a lovely kitchen!

What will you use for grout?

Come on nice weather in 4am's part of the world!


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Fouramblues- that is going to look neat neat neat! Looking forward to seeing it up... Keep posting progress pictures please. Best, oldbat2be


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Looks like it will be wonderful! I sure am looking forward to the final pictures. This has given me some food for thought for our kitchen, thanks!
P.S. Could you please share the brand and name of the pulls you chose, I really like them!


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Your backsplash tile looks a lot like ours. Yours may be warmer, probably is not the same, but you'll see why I say they are similar.
We LOVE ours, I like the linear look, the low key earthiness of it. I am sure you will be VERY pleased with yours.
The corner under cabinet next to fridge photo tileP1060972.jpg
I had a bear of a time choosing a grout color. I will be curious to see what you pick.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Thanks everyone for your kind words -- they really mean a lot to me! And it's so much fun to have someone to share my excitement with! Now onto specific answers...

legallin, the counters are chocolate brown Paperstone.

breezythemargaritaqueen and Bellsmom, I wonder too what grout we'll pick. No idea! I'm feeling rather overwhelmed by this DIY, so I'm taking it one step at a time. Any suggestions?

Bellsmom, I love your backsplash, and I agree that our tiles are similar. Yours look like natural stone (what kind? Very soothing.), while mine are porcelain.

oldbat2be, I'm terrible about taking pics, but I will do my best to get some in progress shots as well as the finished ones. I'm seriously thinking about trying to decoupage my outlet covers like you did. Either that or faux paint.

erinf8, those are Schaub Northport pulls, same size throughout the kitchen to simplify my life (and because I like the look).

deedles and sail-away, thanks, I really like the linear style too, and am so glad DH picked it (and that EAM44 called it to our attention in the first place)!


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Beautiful kitchen! I have just started my cabinet search and I am getting cabinets very similar to yours. What cabinet company did you choose and are you happy with them? Love the backsplash!


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

kimmiej, The cabinets are Starmark. I'm very happy with the construction and finish, and I would buy them again. I do wish, however, that the assembly was a little more precise. Some of the doors and drawers don't align well. Both can be adjusted somewhat, but some of them can't be adjusted enough to bring them into proper alignment with each other. :(


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

fouramblues, hope you don't mind if I ask you an off topic question. When I clicked on your "vintage inspired splash" thread your soffits caught my eye. Long story short we are in the middle of a kitchen reno and are dealing with a soffit similar to yours, I believe. Our soffit sticks out past the front of the cabinets. We have been trying to trim out the tops of our cabinets so as not to draw too much attention to the soffit. I love how yours look, can you tell me how you trimmed the tops of your cabinets. Was it with crown moulding or did you use a piece of cove moulding, do you know how tall the moulding is? It really does look good, and is making me feel better about how good the tops of our cabinets/soffit can look. Thanks so much!


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

erinf8, thanks for the compliment on the soffits! I really like them, but felt a little self-conscious about them for a while. Here on GW everyone is removing soffits, and we added them! Lowering the ceiling allowed for easier ducting and electric, and made the space feel cozier, I think. It also allowed for the coffers, which I love:

Photobucket

So I say: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! It's possible to make the soffits look intentional and integrated.

As for crown, I wanted a very un-fussy kitchen, so elaborate crown was out. We just used shoe moulding to finish the cabinet tops! It was the look we liked, and much cheaper than crown.

On another note... breezygirl, thanks for your nice comments on the details of my kitchen. A reno can be such a numbing slog, but because of you I looked at my kitchen with fresh eyes last night, and remembered again how much I like it.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

How bad are the cabinets mis-aligned? I'm thinking about Starmark cabinets, and that kind of scares me. I thought they were good cabinets.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Who makes your island pendants? I'd like to see what all is in that line. Thanks.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

cindy, here is a picture of the cabs above my range:

 photo IMG_3447_zps3583c4bf.jpg

The door to the left is as low as it can go, and is 1/4" higher than the double doors in the middle. The rightmost "door" is actually a fixed end panel, and is under 1/8" off from the doors in the middle. No way to line them all up. Note that the bottoms of the cabs flanking the hood are perfectly aligned, so this is not an installation problem. A closeup of the left transition (please overlook my GC's attempt at using filler pieces):

 photo IMG_3448_zpsf2267a06.jpg

The drawers in the island have some major variation (5/16") also, but it could probably have been fixed if we or the GC had noticed it before the pulls went on. :(

In Starmark's defense, I did not call this to their attention, so gave them no opportunity to make it right. Remodel fatigue -- I decided to live with it, and I don't notice it anymore.

allison, those pendants are Pottery Barn. They originally came with chains, but I really dislike chains for pendants, so my GC replaced them with the fabric-covered wire.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Revisited the new BS material today and still LIKE LIKE LIKE:)


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Exciting! Looking great and glad to have you join the ABS alumni club!


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this tile!!!


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Very nice! I too, love the look of those long and narrow tiles.

I forgot how pretty you kitchen is! Thanks for putting pictures on again.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

I had to see it on my computer instead of just the phone. Gorgeous! I just love everything about your kitchen! I wish I could have the island! I am jealous but happy with my kitchen.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Aww, thanks, everyone, for your kind words!! I hope to do a reveal post soon, but I won't do it until the gaping hole in my island becomes a cutting board pullout. Also I hope to figure out how to get a shot of my kitchen that doesn't make everything so peachy with the new backsplash. That's beyond my PHD (Push Here Dummy) camera's capabilities.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

LOL - I know the feeling - I want to borrow a friend's camera to take better pictures of my kitchen
I will be watching!!! You were such an inspiration as we were going through this together.


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

It's wonderful tile, the color is great. Your kitchen made me gasp, it is so beautiful. Congratulations on all of it - and thanks for the shout out. I'm happy to have helped, and can't wait for the final reveal!


 o
RE: Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

Love the BS. It will be great with the counter and the island top. Your kitchen is beautiful!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Kitchens Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here