Kitchen Makeover – Backsplash

Our little farmhouse kitchen got a BIG makeover! This week I’m sharing the backsplash we chose and why… you can catch up on the rest of the kitchen makeover series here!


 

One of the things I was most excited about for our kitchen makeover was this backsplash. I knew exactly what I wanted right from the beginning and love the way it turned out! Let’s dive into the backsplash details…

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

Before we talk about the end result, let’s not forget what we started with in our little farmhouse kitchen.

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

Once we finished demo, flooring, cabinets and countertops, it was time for the backsplash to be installed. Ideally my contractor would have preferred that our appliances were installed first so he knew exactly where the backsplash needed to line up. But the appliances weren’t set to be delivered for another week, so Heath (a.k.a. my rockstar contractor) decided to go ahead and tile with the appliance dimensions I provided for him.

Side note: if you are working with a contractor and want to make them really happy, keep paperwork handy for all the details of your kitchen… appliance dimensions, grout colors, cabinet sizes, hardware choices, etc. We picked out all of our kitchen materials from Lowe’s, and Heath works directly with them, so he already had paperwork on most of our things. But sometimes mistakes do happen and the wrong product might be ordered, so it’s best to keep your own copies so that you can double check the materials before they are installed. Your contractor will be MUCH happier returning a product for the correct one instead of installing, ripping out, and reinstalling something. This is just one thing that I found really helpful on the homeowner’s end to make the renovation process move more quickly and smoothly. And when your entire kitchen is torn apart, you definitely want things to move quickly and smoothly!

I knew right from the beginning that I wanted a white subway tile with dark grout for our backsplash. After renovating our bathroom this year and using a white mosaic tile with dark grout for the flooring, I wanted to carry that look into the kitchen as well. Some people think it has a modern look to it, but much like our countertops, I think it has a timeless look that fits in with everything from an old farmhouse to a modern penthouse. And dark grout is SO much easier to keep clean than white!

We went with a 3 x 6-inch white gloss ceramic tile and Mapei unsanded grout in the color Charcoal, both from Lowe’s. We also ordered some 2 x 6-inch white gloss bullnose tile for the exposed edges where the tile ends on a wall instead of against a cabinet.

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

One of the issues we had when designing the kitchen was what to do with the wall space above the opening by the sink. Originally there was a set of small cabinets up there, but of course those were custom made and to have my contractor custom build a cabinet would have cost me a pretty penny. I decided to eliminate that cabinet all together and tile all the way around the opening and up the wall to the ceiling. I’m only 5’2″ and would never be able to reach up in those cabinets anyway, so I figured that having a sort of “feature wall” with the subway tile pattern all the way to the ceiling would be a great backdrop for the pendant light hanging above the sink. It saved a little bit of money and left the sink area feeling open and airy instead of boxed in like it did previously.

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

Once the whole kitchen was finished, the backsplash looked AMAZING. You guys know how much I love white, but with white walls, white cabinets, and a white backsplash, we definitely needed that dark grout to add some pattern to the space and break up all the white.

P.S. Now that we’ve lived with the kitchen a few months, we went and picked out cabinet trim for the bottom of the upper cabinets. We definitely need it to help disguise the wood underneath and the under cabinet lighting! I’ll have more details on that once it is installed!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

Follow along the makeover of this beautiful farmhouse kitchen! In this post, Liz shares the backsplash she chose and why. Click for more photos and details!

So what do YOU GUYS think of the new backsplash? Do you like subway tile or do you have another favorite backsplash option? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment below with any questions you have too! Next week I’m going to share details about the appliances we chose… stay tuned!

Sources:

Dove White cabinets – KraftMaid purchased at Lowe’s

Cup cabinet pulls – Hickory Hardware

Cabinet knobs – Hickory Hardware

Quartz countertops – Silestone by Cosentino purchased at Lowe’s

Natural timber porcelain tile flooring – Lowe’s

Gray grout for tile floor – Lowe’s

Wall color – Du Jour by Valspar

Slate electric range – GE Appliances

Slate dishwasher – GE Appliances

Slate bottom freezer refrigerator – GE Appliances

Slate over-the-range microwave – GE Appliances

Matte black pendant lights – Amazon

Pendant light above sink – Wayfair

X back wood dining chairs – World Market

Sheer white curtains – Walmart

Bronze curtain rods – Walmart

Small jute rug by sink – Home Goods

Matte black sink faucet – Delta 

Stripe kitchen towel – World Market

Woven plant pot – IKEA

KitchenAid coffee maker – Amazon

White pitcher with cooking utensils – IKEA

Glass canisters – Target

Round wire basket – Walmart

Faux greenery in glass jug – Hobby Lobby

Antiques, secondhand finds, and handmade items:

white and wood dining table, drop cloth table runner, glass jug, grocery sign, wood cutting boards, antique scale

xoxo Liz


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Comments

  1. Love the subway tile. I have the same tile but went with the white grout because my granite countertops are a little darker. Haven’t had a problem keeping it clean but I do keep a bottle of Tylex under the kitchen sink just in case. My only real fear is tomato sauce 🙂

  2. Gorgeous! Your kitchen screams farmhouse! Everything looks so crisp and clean. You made really good choices! I love it! Now, can I invite you to my kitchen for a makeover? I’m not good at putting things together!

  3. Love the backsplash. In fact, so much, I’m copying. ♥

  4. Love white subway tile! I have it in my bathroom and am also putting it in my kitchen. Did you use spacers with yours? If so, what size, 1/16 inch?

  5. Simply beautiful!!!! The dark grout looks amazing, and definitely adds to the overall look of the kitchen – excellent design choice!

  6. JaneEllen says:

    Hey I’d love your whole house, your new kitchen is very awesome. Love back splash with subway tile and dark grout, can only imagine all the decisions to be made that were critical to kitchen coming out as you wanted. Now just have to pay for it but isn’t it worth all and any problems there might have been. Have to admit am quite envious, enjoy it.
    Happy week

  7. Wendy Johnson says:

    Looks wonderful. I have never tiled, so have never thought about grout but really like the dark. Love your floors too.

  8. It’s amazing! I’ve always been a white grout lover, but your kitchen changed my mind! It’s perfect!

  9. OMG! That looks fantastic! It’s absolutely different. It’s so light and modern. The delicate flowers on top of the light marble and the wood cutting boards are perfect. Thank you for the ideas!

  10. Love the subway tile! We decided on it in our farmhouse kitchen remodel as well! Love how you carried yours to the ceiling above the sink! It adds great contrast on that wall!

  11. I love the look that the white subway tiles and dark grout has – I would love it for my home. It looks great with many types of decor. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Great post, I never used tiles in my kitchen. I usually like cabinets for kitchen decoration because it really looks good and you can store more things. But after reading this I will definitely tile my kitchen. Thank you for this great idea.

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