I’ve had the backsplash for this kitchen selected for over a year. I just wanted a simple, clean lined, WHITE, backsplash. Nothing decorative, or detailed. We went with a 3×11 in. white subway tile. A teeny bit different than the classic 3x6in subway, just a bit more modern with the elongated rectangular shape. I know, just about anything might be better than this copper beauty:
WHAT WE STARTED WITH
There were actually two different backsplash finishes in the kitchen. They installed a granite 4in backsplash when the countertop went in, and then added the copper plastic backsplash panels above. We removed both. The panels were just glued to the drywall, and the granite was attached with construction adhesive and silicone. The granite was a bit more challenging to detach, but it came off really cleanly where the two pieces of granite met and I was SUPER STOKED about that. I didn’t want to keep the double backsplash. Installing a 4in piece of countertop material up the wall in a wet area is usually used in bathrooms where there is no other backsplash or perhaps a wet bar area where the counter meets drywall. It protects the drywall from getting wet but is used where the expectation for splash is minimal. In a kitchen I feel a full backsplash is always needed, especially behind the sink and range areas.
PREP THE WALLS
This is what we were working with after the original backsplash was removed. To install tile properly you need a clean, flat, non-glossy surface. I scraped any loose materials away, and filled and sanded the few small depressions so that the tiles could adhere to the drywall securely. Then we placed our metal tile edging trim, which I selected in black. I LOOOOVE the contrast with the white tile! Before we installed any tile we mapped out the layout. We needed to avoid ending up with a sliver of tile at the ceiling where it would be very visible. Always take a few minutes to figure out where your tiles are going to end up. If you start with a full tile at the counter and just get going you might end up with a little sliver of a tile at the top or underside of the cabinets, and don’t forget to check where you’ll end up with the width as well. If you allow for this before you start you can avoid any of those issues.
My extremely talented husband did the install in a stacked pattern. There were some issues around the window (more on that later) but he was able to get those tiles in SO straight.
After letting the mortar set we grouted with bright white grout and voila! A REAL KITCHEN!!!
This space is REALLY looking like a whole new kitchen! Keeping watching as we add extra cabinetry, and some open storage areas, lighting, and a few more fixtures. I can hardly wait to get this project complete!