Kitchen
Oct 18, 2010

makeover monday: the kitchen backsplash (in progress)

By: Lauren McPhillips
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Kitchen
Oct 18, 2010

makeover monday: the kitchen backsplash (in progress)

By: Lauren McPhillips
If you walked into my house right now, it would look like a bomb exploded. The kitchen is a total mess and all the contents of the countertop are on the dining table and the stove is in the centre of the room. Does any of this bother me, though? Nope! All because it's signs that our kitchen backsplash is being installed. I had fallen in love with a beautiful marble backsplash from The Home Depot but wasn't sure how it would look with our granite countertops. After hemming and hawing and many trips to the store to gaze at the sample, I decided to go ahead with it. Luckily for me, Mick's friend Gavin was visiting and I had two handy boys at my disposal this weekend. The marble comes in sq.ft. pieces, but the men had to use a tile cutter to get around the edges of the outlets and to cut little pieces to make straight edges at the corners. It looked like a lot of hard work (I was banned from the work area or from making any technical suggestions), but they were able to get it up in 5 hours. They let it sit overnight as they had a few pints and relaxed before spending some time grouting the following day. Next up was the grouting, which was a bit of a pain because some of the marble pieces are rough and raised, so the grout would get stuck. We only got half of it finished because there was a busy day ahead of us (including a trip to West Elm to get our new dining table -- but I'll save that for next week!). Below is just a chunk of the finished backsplash. I love the way it turned out and can't wait to show you the finished product soon. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised to see that The Home Depot carries this lovely marble. I thought that I'd have to get it from a specialty tile store in Toronto, but luckily for me, it was available two minutes up the street! It's so beautiful and adds a nice luxe touch to the space. This is also proof that you can save a ton of cash if you or someone you know can install it, rather than hiring someone else to do it. xo, Lauren
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makeover monday: the kitchen backsplash (in progress)