It’s amazing how much of a huge difference a backsplash makes. After the countertop went in we lived without a backsplash for about 3 weeks. And I thought the kitchen looked pretty darn good. And then once the backsplash went up it was like 10 times better and finally felt like a finished space.
This is what it looked like when the tile guys came with their much-awaited boxes of tile:
The tile had to be custom glazed – which sounds really fancy – but it just means that the company that makes it is really small and don’t keep any inventory on hand. So we had to wait nearly 5 weeks to get the tile order in. The tile that we used is from Status Ceramics and the collection is Elements, the color is Borage Crackle (I hate it when I have to search all over the internet with my mad detective skills to find a source for materials). Price wise it was really affordable. I don’t know the exact cost since we paid for the marble counter-top and installation etc. all in the same invoice, but I think it was somewhere around
$14/sq ft, which I think is pretty amazing for such a gorgeous tile. ** after talking to some people who have priced similar tile out – its closer to double that cost – I guess my math was REALLY bad when I looked at the invoice**
I would say that this close-up shot is more true-to-color than the others. The color has a sea-foam tinge to it though it is still decidely pale aqua – just closer to green than blue. I think it might just match the color “light silver sage” by Restoration Hardware perfectly.
Cute glass jars! (you might recognize those from my halloween display)
They did a great job on the border where we met the wall and corner.
Can I just say that I LOVE my kitchen. It’s even better than I imagined in my head and I just love spending time there… and I don’t even mind keeping it clean! And with that the kitchen is 99% done. We are still missing the glass doors on the cabinets as well as the bar stools. But for now I am completely and blissfully happy! Everytime I look at it, I still can’t believe that Mr. Project built all of those cabinets from scratch. He did such an amazing job and saved us about 85% off the retail cost of similar quality cabinets.
If you are seeing this all for the first time (or just want to take a trip down memory lane) You can see more info on the kitchen as it progressed: