This project has been a long time coming: a tile backsplash in our kitchen.
Bionic Man has plenty of tile installation experience. He tiled both the kitchen and the bathroom in our Connecticut Cottage. He had promised me a tiled backsplash at least two years ago, but I waffled.
For one thing, I'm not a fan of our countertops. I've been trying to convince the Bionic Man to install new ones for a long time. And I'm easy to please--it's not like I'm aiming for granite or marble. Just new laminate. But there is one problem: nothing is wrong with my current laminate. Fortunately, once I covered the Gacky Sage with Antique White, the countertops don't bother me so much.
The other thing that made me waffle was the cabinets. They are oak. Oak is fine, but it isn't what I would pick. I would pick white, just like the ones I left behind in my Connecticut Cottage. (Sniff, sniff.) Now, I know half the blogosphere is painting their cabinets, but that's because they aren't married to the Bionic Man. He is a wood purist. He has agreed that white cabinets would look a lot better in our house, but he's not about to paint perfectly good oak. We are not about to fork out the money to replace these cabinets, either. In the last year, I have entered every single contest out there for getting a new kitchen. I'm not kidding. All signs point to the kitchen cabinets remaining oak. Luckily, once the Gacky Sage left the kitchen, the oak cabinets don't bother me so much.
Note to self: always paint first.
Anywho, now that I've resigned myself to living with said countertops and cabinets, it's time to get that backspash up. Here are the choices we came home with from our latest tile shopping trip:
While originally, I though that I would love the look of subway tile, it just didn't seem right for the space. Our backsplashes are wide and not very tall, so it made for a lot of rectangularity (is that even a word?).
Not only did we like the added convenience of the mosaics (they come on a 12x12 sheet that can be cut with scissors), we like the way all those tiny squares look in our wide-open kitchen/dining/family room. We also like the fact that they add color variations in small doses, not a big punch.
This piece was originally our top pick:
On the downside, it's a little busy, don't you think? Not to mention, the price of glass tiles is definitely higher than that of ceramic. We decided that if we went with this style, it would have to be as an accent (most likely a 2" stripe) along with some plain ole' ceramic bisque mosaics.
Here's the other contender:
So, what do you think? Which one gets your vote?
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