The tail end of last week saw my kitchen get a wee makeover. And I am thrilled with the results!
I had the glass tile backslash installed and I painted the island a darker color. Oh, and I installed an under cabinet LED light in the dark corner.
And I got a new coffee maker (thanks to old Best Buy gift cards).
This whole tile adventure was definitely a saga– as most of my “little projects” turn into.
I bought the place and the cabinetry and granite were already there. They are both nice enough, but neither would have been my choice if I were building from scratch.
However, I’m not going to rip out perfectly good things and spend $1000’s doing so. So–
The challenge was trying to pick something that would work for a backsplash and compliment the existing stuff.
It took months and many tile store trips. Just ask Kyle.
I didn’t want rougher rock/stone– wrong texture with the glossy granite and slick cabinets. Textured ceramic tile was out too.
Marble would mix too many mediums and look bad. So would other polished stone products.
Subway tile is very popular, but I didn’t feel like it went with the look of the kitchen. Plus there was the whole curved column to deal with.
So I settled on glass tiles– to mimic the glossy surface of the granite as well as smooth glass surfaces on the appliances. Plus they would wrap around the column surface.
Next was color.
Yellowish cabinets. Reddish granite. Black and stainless appliances. What to do?
I couldn’t find any earth tones that worked with everything. And the reds didn’t look right at all.
So in my mind I envisioned a smoky, dark, glossy swath as a horizontal demarcation in the kitchen an to break up all the verticality of the cabinets and the high ceilings.
The tile I chose was a black/grey/clear mosaic pattern with some glossy, some frosted, some cracked.
Not the cheapest tile. And not the easiest to work with because the cracked pieces tend to explode when being cut.
P.S. I am so glad I hired out the install.
When the guys finished the first part of the installation, I came home and was shocked. The tile didn’t quite fit my “vision” And the countertops looked so RED.
I began to wonder if I had made a colossal mistake.
But then the dark grout went in and the kitchen took on the look that I had seen in my mind’s eye.
Then I painted the bottom of the island a dark charcoal (the color is called “cracked pepper”) and now the kitchen space has its own “identity” in my open concept loft.
So far I’m really liking it. It was well worth the wait.