You might think a kitchen back splash is all about the tile.
I did too.
But I was wrong.
There was so much more to take into consideration when we finally decided to add this functional design element to our kitchen.
And did I learn a BIG lesson on this DIY.
Let me tell you.
When we were building our house 3 years ago, I knew I really wanted a back splash. But by the time it came down to pick the kitchen backsplash tile, I was overcome by all the decisions I’d already made ( flooring, paint colors inside and out, lighting, cabinetry, draw pulls, pavers, you name it). I froze. I just couldn’t do it.
Why?! hello Because the kitchen back splash is something you’ll be seeing (ie staring at and either loving or hating the tile you choose) every. single. day. for a looong time. So I skipped it. Opted out, if you will.
Fast foward to our spruced up kitchen now.
I love it!
And, oh-my the difference the simple white 3 x 6 subway tiles make in those 18 inches between our granite and upper cabinets.
The contrast of the dark grey grout against the glossy, white tiles makes me very happy; I’m positive my love for our kitchen backsplash won’t fade either. I know this because I finally chose the perfect tile for us. Ironically, when I look back in my book, white subway tile is the first thing I jotted down in my dream kitchen notes.
So the BIG lessson?
Trust your gut.
Don’t forgo being a smart shopper but in most cases whatever you’re drawn to initially is your best bet for long term tile love!
I’ll spare you the deets on how I finally tackled this overdue DIY project but in case you want to know…
I followed Young House Love’s how-to post as my trusty guide.
And, I admit the removal of the 4″ granite backsplash was my nemesis. Not a single scratch to my counters but when your 1st step takes 3 days you know you’re in for a project!
So happy to have this simple change in our kitchen.
Now if I could just decide what color I want to repaint the walls.