Welcome to week 4 of the One Room Challenge, the 6 week challenge to transform a room. I’ve chosen our kitchen for our renovation and we are utterly in the thick of it at this point. This next step in my journey toward a white kitchen has everything to do with a calcatta gold marble backsplash which I’m crushing on big time.
Let’s just take a step back for a minute to review the progress thus far. We started with a dark cherry kitchen above, with even darker granite counters, a muddy faux terra-cotta floor and the most curious backsplash. In Week 2 we replaced the island countertop and in Week 3 we replaced the floor. Next it was time to address that oddball backsplash.
Smoky blue grey tiles that didn’t match anything with a cheesy sheen that made it hard to look at, this backsplash was among the things that drove me the most nuts about this kitchen, a room we agreed to change before we purchased the house. But worst of all was something I consider a cardinal sin. Rather than extending the full 18″ between top and bottom cabinets, the bottom of the backsplash had a 4″ piece of granite that you often see in bathrooms where they’ve omitted a proper backsplash. This was simply non-negotiable. It had to go.
The first thing we had to rip out was this small granite piece, no small task given we were keeping the granite counters. There is also a second bar counter above the sink that was staying in place, so the strip had to be removed between the two counters. We had this done by the counter fabricators when they came to install the island counter. Next the tiler came to do the floors and I was thrilled when he finally finished and turned his attention to ripping out the rest of that backsplash.
The new tile I chose was an easy choice, something I was certain about from the very start. It was the same backsplash we put in our butler’s pantry, a renovation you must take a look at if you’ve never seen it. (We took a basic storage closet and turned it into our dream French country butler’s pantry.)
The backsplash tile is my favorite marble, calacatta gold in 2″ x 8″ pieces, set on the wall in a stepped brick layout.
I was already loving the difference from the minute I saw it, but those dark wood cabinets are still killing it for me. Still, when I cover them from view, I can begin to imagine the realization of my vision.
Next up, of course, was grout and we went simple as can be.
I think this tile is stunning in it’s natural soft and varied colorations. No faux would do here. We went marble all the way.
I’m starting to think, at this stage, of the styling that I’ll be doing in the finished kitchen. To maintain the look of the rest of our home, there will be lots of functional antique pieces.
Next week is the really big week, when we finally address the cabinetry. The doors have already been removed and have been taken to the carpenter’s shop. So I’ll leave it here until next week and invite you to look at the other One Room Challenge guest participants by clicking on the link below.
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