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grout color dilemma

13 Dec

ok real quick..

I’m having trouble deciding on a grout color.


White on white pretty much blends and doesn’t really showcase the subway pattern. But then again I like that it won’t compete with our busy granite.


bower power’s previous kitchen

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My other option was to pull a color from the granite like a light gray or beige.

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like this kitchen over on Some Really Neat Stuff


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Cottage and Creek used the color antique white. I really like the subtleness of it.


So what do you think?! Agh I need help and the tile installer is coming this week!


bye bye ugly backsplash

12 Dec

Hi All! Hope you had a fab and crafty weekend!

Sunday night we did a little backsplash demolition. Yee!


Feels so good to get rid of that hideous granite backsplash.


And let me just tell you it was not an easy task, the amount of glue they used on those suckers was crazy! So I had to in list the husband for some help.


We definitely will have to do some patching which we expected. Unfortunately as much as we love our older home, it comes with a price and most all of our walls are bowed.


After we finished, I noticed a couple of dilemmas. For one I hated HATED how they originally installed the granite on the wood panel next to the fridge. It’s like who does that!


So I’m hoping after we remove the glue we can salvage it to avoid having to tile over it.


This section should be a lot easier, the husband can patch and touch up the wall. I don’t know I’m not a fan of tile wrapped around the wall especially when there is not cabinet there.


And now that the ugly backsplash went bye bye, I could visualize our new tile so much better. We decided to go with a white glossy subway tile.

I’m sooo excited and can’t wait until its complete!

Which will hopefully be this week so stay tuned.

the great tile debate

19 Oct

So we’re doing it!

We are taking the plunge and finally installing the backsplash in our kitchen.

Now for the hard part…tile.

I know I definitely want subway tile, but I’m undecided on which material to use.

I did a quick stop at Lowes a grabbed some samples.

1. tumbled marble

2. tiny subway tile

3. polished marble

4. porcelain tile in bisque

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and here’s what our kitchen looks like now

I can’t wait to rip this off!

I was first drawn to #3 the polished marble but I think it might have to much variation and since our granite is already pretty busy I didn’t want it to be over kill.

So my second option was #4 the porcelain subway tile. It’s shiny which I love because it will reflect the light and I think it would modernize the kitchen.

I did some searching as well to find some pictures of kitchens with porcelain subway tile or something similar.

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if only I could paint my cabinets white…

I actually mentioned to Ryan yesterday if he wanted to surprise his wife for Christmas that we could paint the kitchen cabinets white, he would have one happy wifey!

oh how I dream of this one day…

But anyway for now, I’ll stick with what I have.

And now I need your help, which backsplash tile do you vote for?

any or none?

Stencil Wall Complete!

28 Sep

Yep! We did it!

We conquerd the kitchen with an amazing stencil by Royal Design Studios called Casablanca Trellis.

The whole process took us about 4 hours, thank god I had the husband there to help me, because I don’t think I could have done this alone. I envy all those who can!

Here’s how our little Saturday of painting went down

Many hours later we went from this…

to this!!!

And remember the sunburst mirror I DIY’ed, well I found the perfect place for it.

Don’t you think it compliments the wall perfectly?!

We chose a white satin paint, it’s actually the same color we painted all our interior trim. I love the sheen against the eggshell wall.

Hope you like it! I’m pretty much obsessed.

I’d love to see any walls you’ve stenciled. Were you pulling out your hair or were you loving every minute like us?

Back it Up!

20 Apr

That’s what my kitchen is saying to me. No really, it is. During our kitchen remodel we totally had plans to add a tile backsplash but after the funds were being drained on other areas in the house we decided to just do the boring 4″ granite backsplash.

Well! I’ve lived with it long enough!
I’ve got the itch!
These are what I’m loving right now. Who knows! They can easily change in a week. Stick with me peeps.

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