Subway Tile Backsplash

We have broken out the hammers for the first time in 2014 and moved into the kitchen for a quick overhaul.  With Jeff working from home the past few months, our house has gotten a little more love than usual. And I’m loving that!

We have lived in this house for nearly 6 years, but haven’t touched the kitchen. Mostly because we wished to wait until the funds were available to replace the countertops at the same time. The formica countertops were new when we moved in but the dark red faux granite look was an unfortunate choice by the previous owner.

After 6 years though, it seems like new countertops aren’t going to happen anytime soon, and because they are in good shape we are going to move forward with the backsplash. Might as well work with what we’ve got and make it look as best we can, right?

So here is what we have started with:

kitchen before

And this is the photoshopped version of where we are going:

subway tile backsplash

Deep cobalt blue walls and simple white subway tile backsplash. Notice that I photoshopped out the light fixture. One day, it would be nice to put in recessed lighting but I don’t think that will happen this go-round. Our pockets aren’t very deep. I do think we have the funds for patterned cafe curtains and artwork though. Maybe something like this:

subway tile backsplash

So far, Jeff demo’d the old formica and tile backsplash (just getting rid of that silly 6″ formica piece makes a huge difference…I’ve never understood those),


tile demo

DIY Backsplash

had an electrical switch put in where one was lacking,

backsplash demo

I picked out dark blue paint and white subway tile (the fun job!),

tile preparation

and Jeff replaced and mudded the torn up sections of drywall. tile preparation

Well on our way! Next up is tile and paint, and I can’t wait to see how it comes together. Are you doing any home projects this winter?