Kitchen Makeover: Backsplash Tile

“Electricity is really just organized lightning.”
―G. Carlin


There’s no turning back now!

The Lettered Cottage Kitchen | During | Makeover

The old backsplash is gone, and the countertops on each side of the stove are coming out on Wednesday.

The new backsplash will go in sometime next week. Which reminds me- did you guess which one we chose? 😀

Ming Green and Thassos White Mosaic Tile | The Lettered Cottage

(1 & 2- Glass Tile Oasis, 3- Caledonia Stone & Tile)

If you guessed #3, you were right! 😀

We only had two requests when it come to the type of mosaic tile we hoped to splash our back with: 1) we wanted something with ming green in it, and 2) we wanted it to look like a quilt pattern. Sort of like this:

New Ravenna | Backsplash | Mosaic Tile | Medina | Quilt | Ming Green | Thassos White

(New Ravenna Mosaics)

Unfortunately the company we’re partnered with doesn’t carry the one above, but choice #3 was definitely close enough, and we’ve always loved the way it looked in Sarah’s summer house, too…

Sarah Richardson Summer House Kitchen

After the old tile and drywall was out, we discovered two “pop-in” boxes just floating around inside the wall.

Pop In Outlet Box

Technically, the plastic boxes (holding our floating outlets) should be attached to the studs next to them, like this light switch box is:

Light Switch Box

But because they’re pop-in boxes, there’s no way to attach them. They’re only secured to the drywall in front of them and apparently that’s not the most ideal way to support the box that holds your live wires. So, although we had only planned to replace the outlets and switches (from ivory to bright white), it looks like we’ll be needing an electrician to help us re-organize our lightning this week, too. 😉

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  1. Ashli says

    Beautiful, I’m jealous! I know you will create something that looks just like home! Can’t wait to see the journey…

  2. Dana says

    Since you are organizing your lightning :)…Have you considered the receptacles that include usb ports? They may come in handy. Just a thought.

  3. says

    I thought I didn’t like the tile you chose but then when you pointed out that its the same tile used in Sarah Richardson’s kitchen….well…I’ve always loved that! It’s going to look marvelous.

  4. Beth says

    I have that exact photo of Sarah’s House in a dresser drawer. I’ve always loved that kitchen! That backsplash is beautiful, and something that not everybody will have in their kitchens. That’s always something I consider when renoing our house. I like a classic look, but unexpected at the same time. This tile definitely fits the bill. Great choice!
    Can’t wait to see it all come together, and can’t wait til next spring, when we plan on renoing our kitchen. Our bathroom was worse, so I chose to do it this year. Now I’ll be counting down the months til next tax refund time. :)
    Have a great day!

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