Kitchen Backsplash Plans

Is it me or is my poor kitchen totally neglected here on the blog? The sad reality is that this poor kitchen is neglected both on the blog and in real life. This room gets practically no attention from me; not as a cook and not as a DIY-er either.
IMG_9023Today, we are changing that! No, I am not here to report that I have taken up cooking in 2015… not even close (sorry Matt). I’m here to report that this corner of our home is not going to be neglected here on the blog too much longer. I’m officially giving our kitchen a little extra LOVE right in time for Valentine’s Day.
Kitchen BEFOREBefore I get into the DIY details, let’s chat about how I’m not head-over-heels in love with our kitchen and haven’t been since the day we moved in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful to have moved into a home that had these amazing appliances and brand new cabinets. I’m definitely not complaining, I’m just saying that if I were to choose the kitchen combo I probably wouldn’t have picked this cabinet/countertop colors. I guess it’s just a little too dark for my style and creates a little imbalance in our open floor plan. The one side of our home is super white and bright with our built-ins and then this side of the house is kind of dark and lacks that crisp white look that I love so much.
And don’t get me wrong, the function of our kitchen is amazing, the storage is pretty awesome and I love having an island. This room just isn’t screaming “Bridget’s Style” at the same volume as the rest of the house does. And that’s where today’s DIY project was born.
Kitchen BEFOREMy mission is to use what I already have (because that can’t really change inside of a budget) but add more of my white, bright style. To do this, I’m tackling my first ever DIY kitchen backsplash project (with the supervision of my dad). #ohboyyyy
IMG_9021My plan is to completely DIY the backsplash and change out the outlet covers to match the bright white backsplash look. I’m anticipating that this project will probably equal up to all of the time I have spent in our kitchen since the day we moved in… combined.  And heck, maybe the new backsplash will motivate me to spend more time in the kitchen doing a little less DIY and a little more cooking.
TileHere’s the marble(ish) subway tile that I plan on using. Thanks to the poor team of associates that got stuck hosting a Q&A with me the other night for over an HOUR in the Tile Shop, I think I’m ready to tackle this project. Ready to backsplash or not, I know I’m more than ready to add more white into our kitchen that’s for sure!

Wish me luck (I’ll need it),

bridget

Psst: If you follow us on Instagram, you know that I have already DIY-ed our back splash and this post is a little delayed. The good news is that I’m LOVING the new look, the bad news is I’m just finalizing the “After” shots. Tune in next week for the full reveal along with the random tips I learned throughout our tile journey! 

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  • Heather

    You are having the same problem as I am with our kitchen. Our house is blue, gray, white, bright and light, and the kitchen is the same coloring as yours. It is totally weighed down on the back side (or the north wing as I call it) of the house. Or cabinets have a little more red and the counters are very similar, so I am so curious to see what you do.

    I feel bad changing such nice things, but they just dont work for our style.

    • Heather! I’m so glad you “get it”. It’s so hard to explain because like you said, the kitchen is so NICE… just not the same look as the rest of the house. I don’t want to be a spoiled brat by not loving the look, it’s just different.

      Thank you for commenting!! I’m glad I’m not alone.

    • Heather

      No, you are not alone! You actually have one thing better going for you….natural light! We have french doors in our kitchen, but no real light gets in because the location. So it is like this dark, black hole sitting there with new cabinets and appliances.

      I feel bad even thinking about painting the cabinets and lightening up the back splash, but black hole syndrome.

    • haha I hear ya!!

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Ugh I can’t WAIT until we can redo our kitchen!! I love the backsplash you choose, I’d like to do one like that

    • Thanks lady! I know… the waiting game is the hardest part. =(

  • Nice backsplash! I wouldn’t feel guilty changing it up a bit, currently it’s quite a Brown, Brown, Brown kitchen 🙂

  • This is exactly why I’d rather buy a house with an out of date kitchen and do the remodel ourselves! I completely get why you don’t want to go through the time and money to change all new stuff! And good luck tiling! My husband did it for the first time this summer with our new shower surround. He watched a lot of youtube videos to prepare!

    • Wow, a shower seems intense… That’s awesome!!

  • Kjaydee

    I commented on your IG post about your backsplash that we were starting ours, but it got pushed back, so I’m kind of hoping we don’t get around to it until your post. hah!

    I know the cabinets are BRAND NEW, but have you considered painting them white? Or at least the top cabinets, for a tuxedo look? With high quality paint and the right setup, painting cabinets can look professional and custom. I wouldn’t blame you if you were scared of painting brand new cabinets, but maybe something to think about down the road instead of completely new.

    • I love this idea! And yes, I hope we can help with a few tips before you get started. You’ll have to keep me updated!! The 10 things I learned post is coming on 2/17.