Kitchen Backsplash Progress

Hey everyone, first let me say thank you so much for all of the love on our laundry room makeover! I’m loving the space and glad y’all dig it too! :)  So now today we are talking about the backsplash again in the kitchen and I want to show you the progress we’ve made!

I mentioned last week that I’ve partnered with Home Depot for this project and am using their new Atmospheres Tile Collection by Daltile to redo our kitchen.  I first met with the tile designer at our local Home Depot and she was awesome to work with and she showed me the entire collection.

There is another section as well but not pictured, and they have an amazing Carrara marble tile collection too! I love how the collection shows you what pieces work well together so it can make choosing your design a bit easier.  The Atmospheres Tile Collection by Daltile offers a variety of style, color and size options, so you can create your own unique designs with tile. Like I said before I have never picked out tile before so it was a bit overwhelming for me at first.  It’s a big decision to make!

That’s me (duh-can’t hide the humongous belly) looking around while she patiently waits for me to make up my indecisive mind.

This little monkey was running the aisles too making me nervous, so I was a little preoccupied at times.

My husband was “watching” her by the way and I guess snapping photos of her doing things she shouldn’t be doing in the store. ;)

Anyway, back to tile.  I reeeeeally wanted a subway tile design for the new backsplash.  But since there isn’t technically a “subway” size in this collection, the designer came up with something brilliant….to cut the 6×6 tile size in the color I liked into either thirds or halves, depending on if I wanted the tile to be 2×6 or 3×6.  I chose the 3×6 so Home Depot cut them all in half for me so I could have the subway design! Awesome right?

Here is the 6×6 size that I first took home to make sure the color would look good in the kitchen, and luckily it worked.

I definitely wanted something lighter than the boring beige we already had and this fit the bill.  I also had to think ahead for future renovations because I still want to paint our cabinets white, and get new countertops one day, so I needed the new tile to work with our existing AND future cabinets/countertops.  See, not an easy task. :)  But this tile is called Briton Bone Ceramic Tile (in the 6×6 size).

Then I sat down with the designer and we came up with the design and planned it all out as to how much I needed to cover our kitchen, etc.

I also picked out that pretty accent piece to run through the subway tile design and am SO glad I did. It’s their Crackle Fantasy Glass Deco Decorative Accent piece. It adds so much more interest to the subway design.

Then it was time to get to work and time for the old backsplash to meet its maker.

It was a mess…so dusty everywhere! And once it was down I realized I needed some help fixing the sheetrock because huge chunks came out.  I knew some would come down but not big holes leaving all the walls an uneven mess.  And you definitely want your wall level when you put up tile! So once my helpers were done fixing the wall it was time to tile!

I laid out the design again so I wouldn’t mess anything up.

Again, I cannot say how happy I am she recommended to cut the 6×6 tile in half for the subway design because it’s fab.

Then up went some thin-set mortar and tiling had begun.

We used 1/8 spacers as well.  I didn’t want a very thick grout line and this size looked good.

Once all the tile was set it was time to grout, and I chose this grout brand and color.

The color is Alabaster, and I chose a non-sanded grout.  Only because I like the smooth look better than the rough texture of the sanded grouts.  That’s just a personal preference though.  They also told me at the store that grout will appear lighter once you put it on, and I wanted a white but a soft white, and this was perfect.

So now I’ll have to leave you with this.

Yep that’s just all the grout needing to be wiped off.  But it’s looking good yes? :)  The kitchen looks totally different now and I can’t wait to show you!!  It’s SO much brighter in there, it’s quite amazing. I’ll show you next week promise. :)

So what do you think of my tile choice?  Do you love the subway tile as much as me?  It really is a dream come true to have subway tile in our kitchen.  The only bad thing is that now I want the farmhouse sink, painted cabinets and new countertops like…yesterday. Ha!




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  1. That looks awesome! Love Home Depot!

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the “subway” tile!!! :) And the accent tile. :) Can’t wait to see the final reveal!

  3. Looks great! Love the back splash and the fact that you are taking on a tiling project during your third trimester! You’re a braver woman than I. ;)

  4. I love the tile you chose. I’m also thinking about painting my kitchen white, but I think I’m going to try it out in my bathroom first to see if I like it. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

  5. I think you made great choices and the new backsplash will brighten up your kitchen. I was wondering how it would affect the backsplash when you do replace the countertop. Will you have to redo it? Or are countertops all a standard thickness?

    • Hey Moe, it may mess up the bottom row slightly. But maybe not…probably depends on which countertop I’d choose? I’m hoping I’d just have to re-caulk or something simple like that. :)

  6. This is looking fantastic! Can’t wait to see it finished.

  7. Lisa Reynolds says:

    I honestly do not know why you needed to change out the tile you had, I mean waste not want not, but whatever sells advertising

    • Hi Lisa, well you are very mistaken and this project was NOT done to sell advertising. I do have a DIY/home decor blog so obviously I love DIY projects. And since we did not choose the old tile in our home which I’ve always disliked, there is nothing wrong with upgrading it to something that I love since after all, we are the ones living here, not you. I guess you’ll hate it when I get a new sink and countertops too. Oh, and paint the cabinets.

      I guess when we ripped out our old carpet and put hardwood floors in would be considered wasteful to you too? That’s just silly. Your home should be something you love, and something you love living in. And when the opportunity comes to turn something you DON’T love into something you do, there’s nothing wrong with that.

      When you repaint a wall a different color is that wasteful as well? I could go on and on but I’ll stop now. Your comment was just really really silly.


  8. I think you made great choices (i.e. white, subway style) and, of course, you made it look so easy! Looking forward to turning my builder “oak” cabinets to white and also want (at least so far) white subway tile for the backsplash. It just feels so clean and makes it easier to keep clean! Looking forward to seeing the finale!

  9. Gina Aytmsn says:

    That looks beautiful already! Can’t wait to see it all done! Home Depot must seem really big for such a little girl!

  10. I love it!!! It’s just the colors I would have chosen! And I’m in the market for a new backsplash having just taken down wallpaper, so I definitely will be looking into Home Depot’s selection!

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. jerrigail says:

    Great choices for lighter and brighter. Enjoy!

  12. OK first, look at how stinken CUTE you are all matching Home Depot and stuff!!! and….um….brother like brother! David does the SAME thing! I freak out, get nerve’s and start hollering like a loony mom in the store. David has never had that problem and it’s because he’s always too busy snapping pictures of Alie hanging from the rafters!!

  13. Looks great so far! I do love the subway tiles, too. Hope you get your farmhouse sink and white cabinets soon. :-)

  14. Love the tiles and happy for you that you get to change them!
    Can I ask a question, how were the walls repaired so that the new tiles could be applied. We tiled our backsplash three years ago and I have disliked it ever since.

  15. Looks great! Did you cut the tile yourself? I would love to put up a blacksplash, but don’t know how to, and am very afraid of, cutting tile!

  16. Hi! I love your backsplash! I am currently doing my kitchen as well and wanted to know what kind of edging did you use? I get so confused when I go to the store-not sure what I need or what size would be best. Thanks!

  17. Your backsplash turned out lovely! I have a question, I did you get the tile to be perfectly even? What I mean, are some tiles sticking out more than others and you can see that in the picture? If not, what did you do to make them flow across so well? Did you apply pressure? I want to re-do our backsplash but am afraid in will look crappy.

    • You just need to make sure you get the thinset really smooth on the wall and if there are unlevel spots on the wall, you’d need to build those out a bit with some mud. Otherwise, you would have the tile sticking out in several places if the wall wasn’t smooth. It’s hard to do the subway tile look on an un-level wall.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Hi I know I am late to this party :) but I love your kitchen. I’m interested in the same Formica and have been trying to find a nice backsplash to match, I’m so thrilled I came across your blog! Hopefully when I show this to my husband he will be in agreement. Thanks for explaining what you did and how. Be blessed


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