Saturday, July 23, 2011

Kitchen Remodel part 2

Our kitchen is very, very slowly coming along. We finally have the counter top and dishwasher installed and the lights in. We've picked out the tile back splash, but still need to get grout and mortar... and of course, slap it on the walls. Once that it done we will install the microwave. And eventually, we'll tile the floor. Thought I would share some new pictures since my last update.

Here is the tile we will be using for our back splash. I'm not sure if the picture really captures what the tile looks like. It is a little smaller than a regular subway tile and has a wavy front. I can't wait to see what it will look like once on the wall.

While you can read about the kitchen remodel up until now in a previous post here is another look at where we started and where we are today.





  1. I came across your blog this morning and have a question about your bar top. My husband and I are currently remodeling our kitchen and have come to an in-pass with our peninsula bar top. I noticed your bar top hangs over about 1/4" into the kitchen. Is that standard? My husband thinks it should be flush. Also, is your back splash thinner than your counter top? We weren't sure if it was the same width. Was that a special order on your part? Thanks for the input :o)

    1. Welcome Laura!

      Between the research we did online, and the conversations with a couple counter top folks we came to the conclusion that the overhang was the way to go and was fairly standard. I feel like my husband and I had the same conversation and we are both happy with the overhang.

      As far as the thickness of the back splash it is thinner - sort of. Turns out it is the same thickness as the counter top, but the counter top has a lip that makes it look thicker than it is (all of it is supported by wood). This was something we asked about when ordering the counter top as we were rebuilding that wall and had to determine how far out to have the electrical box. The store (we went through Lowes)was able to give us accurate measurements.

      Also, we debated about the size of the bar top. Eventually we cut a scrap of plywood to what we thought we wanted and it was waaaay too big. We also initially built the wall based on standard bar height recommendations and thought we had measured it accurately to accommodate for the counter top width, but when we were standing there (before the counter tops were installed) we realized it was too tall for us. Luckily they hadn't measured yet for the counter tops so we cut the wall down a little. Point being that knowing standard measurements can be helpful, but if you are tall or short you may want to adjust to a different height.

      Let me know if you have any other questions and good luck with your remodel!


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