Project Updates

Kitchen Backsplash: Complete!

We have many many home projects on our wish list for this year. I am excited to say that one is done!

If you remember, about a month ago I mentioned that I was trying to figure out where to stop and start our marble backsplash. We decided to end it at the countertop and I am so glad that we did.


Here’s a few process pictures, I won’t bore you with a step by step tutorial since there are so many out there already that would be better than mine.


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Instead of using a traditional tile bullnose or trim piece (left picture) to give a finished edge to the tile (like originally planned), we opted for a thin metal band (right picture) to keep a clean and crisp look.

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BEFORE PICTURES (before we moved in)

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FINISHED PRODUCT!!!!! (sorry for the iPhone quality pictures)

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What do ya think? Greg did a great job laying the tile! It only took about a week’s worth of nights to lay the tile and a Saturday morning to grout and clean up! Please don’t be afraid to ask if you have any questions!

How are your to-dos coming along this year?


Kitchen Backsplashes

A few weeks ago, we talked about kitchen backslashes and where to end them. Check that post out here.

When we bought our house, we only had one option for a kitchen backsplash and I did not like it, so we opted to wait and do it ourselves.


After several options were narrowed down, we decided on classic marble subway tiles. 


One problem that I see alot with builder homes is when the wall cabinets and the countertops do not line up. This happens because the cabinets are the same length, but they do not account for the overhang on the countertop.

After doing some research, I noticed that the opinions are about 50/50 on if you should line up the backsplash with the cabinet or the countertop. My advice is do which you like better and could live with longer.  Here are some examples of how it can be done.

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Because I was not sure which I liked better, I used a sheet of tracing paper and drew the tile pattern to scale. Then I was able to hang it up and see the pros and cons of each way. By using tracing paper, you can see outlets and other obstructions that you will have to deal with.

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After looking at these for a few days I have decided which looks and works best for us.

Which way would you choose?


“Best of the Old Blog” continues with the stripes that we painted in our old powder bathroom.

Last week, I mentioned that I had finally made a decision on what to do in my powder room…

This is my  plain-jane builder-basic powder bath. I did originally select a pedestal sink because the room was so small that I did not want a huge cabinet in there. Although I do miss the storage, I think it looks great and keeps it open in there.

I played around on sketchup to come up with the scale and pattern for the stripes.I ended up doing 10″ stripes centered on the height of the wall. This left a small stripe at the top and the bottom of the room. Otherwise- it looked either bottom- or top-heavy.

Over the weekend (between little man’s naps), I measured out the stripes. I heard of a few different ways to paint the stripes and after deliberation, I drew lines with a level across the wall and then taped them off with Blue tape–

P.S.  I would HIGHLY reccommend edge lock– I ran out almost at the end of my taping off the stripes and used the cheap brand without edge lock and had a lot of bleeding without the edge lock!

I had a hard time deciding on a color…

Greg helped me narrow them down to these “few”

and I narrowed it down to these…. eventually landing on the center one– (it worked best with the floor tile)
I decided on Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter in a Semi-Gloss (the base coat is Sherwin William’s Crisp Linen in flat enamel)
On Monday I finally painted the stripes. As soon as I could, I slowly removed the tape!
Here are the results!

I love how the light is now on a darker stripe. Somehow it looks ‘more better’- haha! When it was all cream in the room, it just looked to harsh in the room- now it makes much more sense!

The switch plate blends in with the wall pretty well. I wish I could say that I did this on purpose–but it was just luck!

This picture shows the truest color for the room.
What do you think?