Operation Heart of the Home : Shopping for the perfect backsplash tile edition
In our last kitchen, we shelled out the big bucks for the top-o-the-line granite (yes I said that with a Scottish accent – try it, it’s fun!) and for new, well, everything. And this time around, we didn’t need to replace the countertops or the flooring or appliances or cabinets….so our budget was much smaller. The one thing I told Jeremy that we shouldn’t skimp on was the backsplash tile. To me, our budget was ‘squishy’ when it came to getting the right tile. Squishy as in…we would spend more if we fell in love…because to me, a good tile can make a kitchen or break it. We had dedicated $1K to the right tile. I figured that since most of our makeover was paint related, it was already a lower-budget reno…and that we could probably find the proverbial diamond in the rough tile for about $15 per square foot.
Now imagine me crapping in my pants. Yup. I went there.
Sorry mom for using the “c” word. But seriously ma, you would have too if you found out that The Tile Shop was so freakishly generous. Yes, my favorite tile store offered up free backsplash tile of my choice. I felt like I won the MegaMillions lottery…and let’s face it, ’tile’ is the new word for ‘bucks’, ‘greenbacks’, and ‘bones’ so it’s basically the same thing.
Jer and I hit up the local branch during his lunch break to see (ahemtouchstrokeandfondle) all the tile in person. I could have pulled an Ikeaism and moved right in. I was immediately attracted to the marble…
Why yes, I do pretend to wash my hair in public while fully dressed for iphone photos. That’s totally normal.
I loved how they mixed the hex and the subway together. Two thumbs up Tile Shop.
Love the contrast here…and the dark shiny subway tile in the shower and the mirrors and the vanity.
ok. I admit. I love it all.
Check out those lovely feet on the vanity…totally could do this on a build-grade cabinet. Of course, it wouldn’t have a marble top or a tooth brush holder for my Oral B 🙂
The most inspiring space for us was the little marble and white cabinet kitchen. It is so close to the kind of look we are going for in our own kitchen so seeing it all together is really inspiring. I drooled. in public.
Will and Weston are hanging their wee heads in shame.
I knew I wanted marble…the trouble was whether I should go with a polished or tumbled finish. I found out that the polished finish usually resists stains better. Tumbled is easier to clean. Polished reflects light more and scratches more easily. So I weighed the pros and cons and finally decided that the polished was my jam.
I also briefly considered some other alternatives…like a basketweave but in the end, I love these but think they would be a better fit for a floor.
So what did we choose?
We went with the 2″ hex marble tile in polished marble and chose a clean pencil tile trim pieces for the open edges we have.
So that’s how we
inappropriately touched chose tile….
So that’s our little shopping adventure. Did you totally see the hex tile coming? It’s not a huge statement…but classy enough for me with the marble and a little more fancy with the shape that it blends traditional and trendy just enough for me. Anyone else use polished marble as a backsplash? Perhaps you just wanna tell me what your budget is ‘squishy’ for when it comes to kitchen makeovers? Or maybe you are still just convulsing from those ‘fondling’ photos?
Next up for the kitchen is the tiling….yeah…a very pregnant Katie putting up tile…it’s gonna be fun 🙂
disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The Tile Shop did not ask me to do a shopping recap or feature any of their products or showrooms….it’s just that I get tingly thinking about tile and we would have shopped there anyway…so this post was bound to happen regardless of us getting hooked up by an advertiser or not. Also, my apologies to our local showroom for making things awkward.