Backsplashin

The votes came in and y’all pretty resoundingly said brick pattern on the subway tile. Call me a lemming, I listened. πŸ˜‰

White Subway Backsplash

Now, as much as I love (love!) the herringbone pattern,Β we had a few reasons for choosing the traditional subway tile pattern. First, it’s way easier. Like a Sunday afternoon and up, vs. a few days of cursing under your breath and redoing things πŸ˜‰ Also, we just did herringbone in our last abode – time to mix it up!

DIY Herringbone Backsplash

Truth be told, the kitchen is currently a barf zone for me. I literally cannot walk into the room without feeling like I’m on a vomit comet. I think it’s the fridge, like proximity to the fridge, I don’t even know any more. Forget food aversions, I have room aversions. It’s bad.

So my wonderful, amazing, can do husband just did this all himself. I said brick laid backsplash, and he said – ok!

And he did a swimmingly grand job.

Subway Tile

One of my new favorite areas in the kitchen is our ginormous stretch of counter top space under the window. Since we decided to relocate our sink to the peninsula, we’ve got a human sized stretch of uninterrupted counter space. I’m thinking it’s going to be the perfect built-in buffet for when we have partays down the road.

No Sink Under Window

Another thing that makes me smile, finally being able to accessorize the space a bit! I found these cute little turkish towels at HomeGoods. Adorbs.

GE Cafe Oven

Things that make me frown however, include our little spice cabinet. Best invention ever, turned into biggest headache ever. Home Depot, you guys, we’ve been having an epically hard time getting those sons of guns to react to the fact that our kitchen is still not done, 4 months after we’ve paid for it in full. Fun. Lots of fun. πŸ˜‰

You can see in the photos that things like toe kick, etc are not finished, but then we have other sad realities, like the fact that our spice drawer doesn’t close. At all (and hasn’t since day one)

Martha Stewart Cabinets

Whomp, whomp. Home Depot is working with us on all this, but needless to say, when the cabinets were paid for on May 13rd, and it’s September 5th, it kinda leads to some head scratching πŸ˜€ Fear not, once everything is resolved, I’ll definitely put an entire review together of our experience but right now, we’re not bowled over – that’s fo shizzle.

Ok, back to backsplash. πŸ˜‰

Right now, above our oven, we’ve got a tall wall full of subway goodness.

Subway Tile Backsplash

When we feel like spending moolah again (read, a while) we’re thinking about putting in a custom range hood above the oven to help with air circulation in the kitchen when cooking.

Word – actually buying a range hood cover to match your cabinets is like a cool $1k. What? No, notta gonna happen. We figured we could recreate the shaker look of the cabinets pretty easily and try to match things up as good as possible, for a whole heckofalot less than a thousand dollars.

In the end, we hope it looks something sorta like this.

Custom Range Hood

Although I’m totally in love with our backsplash (and the concept of having a done-ish kitchen), things are feeling a bit white in here these days. πŸ˜‰ I’m looking forward to accessorizing though and adding some spice! Other than adding accessories, our general to-do list looks like this:

Customizing Kitchen Cabinets

Subway tile backsplash is one of my favorite super cheap ways to make a space shine. Our total cost, including grout and mortar, was $61Β for this space. BAM.

Almost there, y’all! Almost there!

6 thoughts on “Backsplashin

  1. OMG…it is my Home Depot kitchen nightmare all over and in a different state! It took three months to install a 7 foot island (6 wall cabinets) and a Pantry. Part of my issue was the installers who have a National contract with Home Depot. They sent one guy the first day and he threw out his back moving the cabinets…then they didn’t have anyone to replace him for 3 weeks. I had planned for over a year and paid for my kitchen. I timed it so it would be ready for the Holidays…HA it wasn’t done until the new year! I have a similar issue but to complicate the problem they had to order the long doors of my pantry three times to get the finish to match and even now they still didn’t close correctly but I was just done, with the hassle and had to move on. The people in my local store were “helpful” but I will never let them arrange the installation again…By the way I had a “handyman” come to my home for another project and he adjusted the doors correctly and they now close. I do hope your outcome is better and wish there was a better way to hold these large companies accountable.

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