Our kitchen makeover is slowly continuing. Our latest item checked off the list? The backsplash tile!
If you’ve missed previous posts, you’ve missed the glory that was once our kitchen (yes, that was said with sarcasm). When we purchased this house from foreclosure in 2012, the kitchen looked like this:
The vinyl flooring was replaced before we took ownership, but otherwise, every bit of that dirty, oil coated (note the yellow of the microwave vent? Yeah, that’s oil – gross!) glory was ours. Shocked we changed a thing, right? 😉
I might have done a slight happy dance after our backsplash tile installation was completed. Originally I had planned to do the tiling myself. However
we I quickly accepted that it was going to take more time. Time planned ahead with someone to watch Elise. And, I was a bit concerned about smoothing out the walls where the old laminate backsplash had been pulled away and getting the tiles level. I’m a tad OCD about my straight lines. Blame my architectural background. (Also one of the reasons I hate that island – it was installed crooked! Makes me crazy every time I look at it.)
We’ve found a great handyman team that has helped us on a few other projects that we didn’t quite have the skills & know how to accomplish (i.e., roof vent boot replacement; exterior rotted window sill; etc). Trent requested a quote and we decided to go for it. All we had to do was provide the tiles & grout. Easy.
As with the granite counters, we debated for a while on the tiles for the backsplash. I originally wanted something with a bit of neutral shades. Maybe glass.
Then I got my heart set on clear white tinted glass tiles. So pretty.
Round and round we went. Finally we both agreed on white subway tiles by American Olean. Simple. Classic.
Remaining on our Kitchen To Do list? Paint the walls. Add trim & paint upper cabinets. Replace island & flooring. Replace stove/range.