Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rooms: Kitchen Backsplash

More in the category of finishing things left undone... When we remodeled our kitchen about five years ago we always intended to do a tile backsplash but haven't found exactly the right tile to motivate the project. I loved the crackle glaze tiles for a while, and "plain" subways, and various glass incarnations. We have had the walls painted "Cookie Crumb" which is a nice tan/ochre, until now. The tile that tipped us towards finishing (credit to the nesting instinct as well of course) was this Shaw Floors Micro Blocks in "Sea Glass." Sort of a surprising source, but I love this glass--all the colors of the sea, including this nice yellow ochre vein.

I'm loving it! I think it adds another nice dimension to the kitchen. A nice complement of colors to the red/brown cabinets, the counter, the cork floors and the stainless. I especailly love it with the stainless.

Typically one would affix the tile with a white mastic, and that white background would really make the colors pop. We toned down the blues and greens a bit and opted to affix it directly over our paint color to make it more harmonious with those tones. We also used a neutral gray grout instead of white. I love glass tiles grouted in white but this seems to work better here.

So finally, five years later, it's a long way from what it looked like when we moved in!


Unknown said...

What a transformation! I love the seaglass. I'll have to keep it mind for my own renovations!

Hoity Toity Baby said...

Did you refinish the cabinets yourself? How did you do that?

Emily said...

Wow! What a fantastic transformation. :)

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