I’m so excited to share the very first tutorial from our kitchen renovation! As you may know, we have been working on this project since September 29th (my birthday). I suspected it would take months to finish, but what I didn’t know for sure was how wonderfully everything would come together. I am truly in awe every time I walk into the room. We are still working on finishing up the rest of the cabinet doors, building a furniture-style island, cabinet interior organization, and some lighting. However, I thought I would go ahead and walk you through one of the projects that is 100% complete ahead of the “big reveal“.
Here’s what we started out with for a backsplash:
I don’t know how to say it delicately, but I really didn’t like it. I actually hated it. No amount of cleaning could ever make it truly look clean, because grease and dust seemed to get into every crevice of the tile. I also knew that the strips of granite backsplash would have to go- I much prefer backsplashes that go all of the way down to the countertop. (I’m not sure if there’s a technical term for that- I’ll just go with “prettier”). This ugly backsplash did not want to go easy. It ended up taking the whole wall with it. We ended up taking the Dremmel to the edges, and cutting out the whole thing, drywall and all. So that complicated the project a little more than we had originally planned, but it actually ended up almost being a good thing, because it made wiring the under cabinet lighting a whole lot easier.
Once all the technical stuff was done, it was time for the fun part. I already knew I wanted to go with subway tile with white grout, but then I began to question whether it would be a little… well… boring. So I presented this to Mack as an alternative:
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