When we first decided to replace the countertops we had a thought to keep the existing backsplash. The variegated square stone tiles weren’t too bad. However, once we decided to go with Corian countertops the bottom tiles needed to be removed for the countertop installation. Upon closer inspection we knew there would be no way to salvage the stone tile as they had been applied directly to the sheetrock. There were also a host of other issues.
It took about half a second for me to answer when Mr. Décor asked what type of backsplash I wanted to replace it with.
If you have ever visited my Pinterest Kitchen Board it’s quite evident that I have had an ongoing love affair with subway tile for several years now.
There are several ways you can install subway tile. There is the classic “running bond” pattern shown in the above photo. Or you can do a “stack tile” layout, shown below, which is quite modern in feel.
My favorite is the “herringbone pattern”. This pattern is VERY labor intensive. Which is why you usually find it done in small doses.
Then there is the question of what color grout to use. The hot trend right now is to use various shades of gray for contrast.
Given that the brick wall in our kitchen is laid in a running bond pattern we decided it was best to keep the same pattern for the subway tile.
The mortar used to set the bricks is gray so I probably could have used a gray grout.
But I wanted a really clean look so I selected “bright white” unsanded grout. We used “unsanded” verses “sanded” grout because the subway tile we chose was made of ceramic and had a sheen to it. Sanded grout could have possibly scratched or dulled the finish.
A traditional subway tile is 3” x 6”. As our kitchen is on the small side I thought a tile smaller in scale would look better. We found sheets of subway tile, at Home Depot, that individually measured 2” x 4” which was perfect.
Once again here’s a “before” photo taken right before we moved in last fall.
Budget details: With our military discount we paid around $2.00 a sheet. $40 for a backsplash treatment? I’ll take it.
To close a few of you had asked to see the smocked curtains in the kitchen nook area. My wish is your command.
This is an window covering option that I am really happy with right now.
All in all we are very happy with our kitchen renovation.