Our backsplash is done! Our backsplash is done!
We had intended on installing a backsplash soon after we moved in…almost four years ago. I’m glad we waited because we had originally planned for a mosaic tile backsplash. Sometimes laziness patience pays off and you end up finding a perfect fit for your kitchen. I like mosaic backsplashes but I think the subway tile ended up being a better fit for our overall design style. (I act like I know what I’m talking about because I write a blog with the word “Décor” in the title.)
Our ivory cabinets made finding the perfect tile a challenge. We ended up choosing the Imperial Bone Gloss subway tile from The Tile Shop. The employees in the Des Moines store were awesome to work with. (Not a sponsored post, just the facts.) We used Delorian Grey Premixed Grout. Contrasting grout is a love it or hate it type of thing. We both loved the look of it so we went for it. Good choice.
Installing the tile was fairly easy. We used the Tile Setting Mat from the Simple Mat in place of mortar. Cleaning the dark grout off of the ivory tiles was less easy. We’ll share our thoughts on the Tile Setting Mat tomorrow. I think I will also share some things to think about when installing a backsplash in a later post.
This project wasn’t the cheapest. The tile for the entire kitchen cost us ~$280. We also had $100 in supplies. (Luckily we had a $100 gift card to the Home Depot from a previous blog thing. We paid the Home Depot $0.11. It was pretty awesome.) The cost was worth it to class the joint up.
It kind of looks like grown ups live here. Weird.
Did you think we would ever finish this project (darn old age!)? What are your thoughts on contrasting grout? Do you prefer subway or mosaic tile or do you have a love for both?