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Advice on Kitchen Backsplash White Cabinets

Elaine _M
2 months ago
last modified: 2 months ago

I have Kraftmaid Shaker Cabinets in white. The trim at the top is not up yet I was planning on putting shiplap on the back of the bar and the area next to it. It has Cambria Smithfield countertops. (Well it will have it in the morning.) What would you suggest for a backsplash? What is more popular? I am thinking about selling it now. So, I am interested in what a buyer would like better. I will post pictures tomorrow. I was thinking about white Herringbne with gray grout, But maybe gray subway in 2x8" Would marble tiles be a better choice?





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    Patricia Colwell Consulting
    2 months ago

    Post the pics after the counter is in that is when you choose backsplash and IMO the herringbone layout is busy and probably one of those things that will be dated soon.

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  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    @Maureen, The condo is on the beach. I thought the shiplap would be easier and faster to install. I don't have a bar, but I am thinking I am ready for one. ;) By bar I mean the overhang where I will have barstools. That is the wall I was thinking about doing shiplap. I originally just wanted sheetrock.But the contractor was only interested in shiplap. But since he kept delaying the project and he stil does not have the cabinets and trim installed, we have decided to finish it ourselves. Initially we asked him to do sheerock. The pattern on the quartz is not very busy at all. We are going to put new flooring in as well but we have not picked it out yet.

  • toni1947
    2 months ago

    Use same material from countertop for backsplash

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  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    toni1947 I think that is a great idea! But not sure my husband would. I will ask the people that installed the quartz.

  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    Patricia Colwell Consulting I am always interested in your comments. I know you hate plastic quartz. I have always prefered real stone as well, but I didn't want a pattern and I was afraid to try marble. I am a messy cook. I actually am happy with the Cambria. It is so easy to clean. I honestly spend more time wiping my granite off at home. What do you think about installing the Cambria for a backsplash?

  • wynterwynd
    2 months ago

    I installed my countertop quartz as the backsplash after looking and what seems to be millions of tiles. Couldn’t be happier. No grout to clean, everything wipes off easily and it’s a cohesive look.

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  • RedRyder
    2 months ago

    If you’re thinking of selling your house, I would not put a marble backsplash up. Some people are intimidated by marble. Find a nice ceramic tile, in an interesting shape, or install in an interesting pattern. I think herringbone is classic and won’t go out of style so easily. You want to appeal to the most buyers possible. Make it attractive, simple,and easy to clean.
    Using the countertop material is the best idea if you can match it and the price doesn’t kill you.

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  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    @RedRyder I would love to find someone that could install the herringbone. I would like white with a medium to dark gray grout. How do yo find someone that can do that well? I do not want the white quartz right behind the range. There is a vent at the back of the range that has hot air coming out of it. (Bosch Benchmark Induction.) I just had it delivered. My quartz looks very white and with the white cabinets, I would like a different look for the backsplash.I talked to a couple of installers that really didn't want to try that. Any advice? I really want to keep the condo.

  • gtdj519
    2 months ago

    Since your by rhe beach, what about a really pale blue backsplash?

  • gtdj519
    2 months ago

    Similar to this tilebar portmore . they have ither colors too, but I thought of blue


  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    I really like that. I have a second choice that is similar to that. I like the neutrals. I was thinking I could bring color in with other accessories. You can see the beach and water from our living room and dining room. So there is a lot of blue.

  • makmartell
    2 months ago

    Try lots and lots of samples. (I am confused that in two weeks you went from ”selling it now” to ”really want to keep it”.)

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  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    makmartell We closed on the condo January 2021. Another condo owner raved about her contractor and showed me his work in her condo. She introduced us and I hired him in November to replace the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms,. paint and tile bathrooms. The cabinets were pressed wood from 1981 and they were crumbling pieces on the counter in the kitchen,He was supposed to start in January. I ordered new vanities for the bathrooms and new kitchen cabinets. Vanities were delivered in January for him to be able to do the bathrooms. The kitchen cabinets were delivered in March. He kept saying two weeks. I will be there in two weeks. I had paid him 5K to do the kitchen he quoted at 3500. Then he took the old cabinets out. He did come in long enough to tear out the kitchen cabinets. No doors on them. He said they were all installed except over the refrigerator. I decided to go to the beach. He didn't have any top cabinets up. He came and installed them, but he did not put the doors on them. I told him i would pay him to put the doors on. They were on a bed in the condo. Another 750 and he put the doors up without knobs or pulls. Long story short i hired someone else. He made a bigger mess.. We now have someone we hired from NC to go to SC to finish it. I haven't been able to use it this year at all. It has been a construction zone. I was ready to give it up. I want the condo, I just want to get it useable. Not all people are honest. This NC contractor has got more done in less than a week. I know too much informations. After spending over 11k I was pretty frustrated.

  • Kari Lindsay
    2 months ago

    As far as the bar, sheet rock is not super durable…and it's going to take some kicks. Some kind of paneling will stand up to kicks better. I agree with the comment that shiplap on its way out… but that is in urban homes… ship lap is classic at the beach! I assume the layout of your condo is the typical living, dining, kitchen, in one space. Whatever your colour scheme it affects all those spaces. Do you have a scheme in mind?

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  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    Kari Lindsay The new contractor is working on the condo now. He did this shiplap. I think he did a great job. The condo is still a work zone. I am having it all painted Snowbound a white by Sherwin Williams. The contractor also installed flooring in the bathrooms. The vanities I bought have legs on them. The flooring was 3 layers thick oround the original vanity. So we had to replace the flooring. He has installed this tile in two of the bathrooms.






  • Kari Lindsay
    2 months ago

    The shiplap looks great!!! The shiplap on the bump out has added a lot of texture and visual interest. Normally I am not a fan of continuing using the counter top material up the wall in an all white kitchen, but in this kitchen I wouldn't be opposed . If quartz is not doable a white subway or picket tile with white or very light gray grout layed in a traditional horizontal brick pattern as to not compete with the lines of the shiplap.

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  • arand60
    2 months ago

    If you go with the same material used for the countertop it's too bland. Yes it will match but you already have white cabinets and white countertops so you should use an accent backsplash. Nothing crazy just add color, yellow or blue something with a pattern have fun


  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    Kari Lindsay, I didn't think about that! The countertop is very plain and everything is white. I wanted to do a herringbone with medium gray grout. But I didn't think about the pattern of the shiplap! Thank you for mentioning that! The herringbone does have a lot of pattern in it!

  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    arand60 I don't really want to continue the quartz up the wall. It is a very subdued pattern. It looks white from a distance. I did have it priced though. I have an induction slide in range that has a vent at the back where the heat comes out. That would be right next to the quartz. They warn you about appliances getting too hot on the quartz. I would be afraid it would melt it. I like neutrals. Your kitchen is pretty. I thought about gray subway. I have also thought about a blue subway. i have a window seat and am trying to decide what other colors to use in the condo. I need a cushion and throw pillows. So many decisions! I don't want it to be too beachy.

  • lisaliberty
    2 months ago

    Kari Lindsay is right. You're best to keep it simple and avoid competing with the shiplap. And bearing in mind the possibility of selling, white or a very versatile neutral subway tile with very subtle grout is best. You or your buyer will personalize further to suit without effort.

  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    Ladies , What is your opinion on this one with the shiplap?

  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    This one

  • Ali Woods
    2 months ago

    My brother and I renovated our parent’s condo for an estate sale and this renovation made it sell for a very high price.

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  • gtdj519
    2 months ago

    The cloe tile is vert pretty and in high demand i have sampels of it here; varying shades of white and grey so it gives an ombre, variated tone I am 90% sure i am going ro use it in my upcoming kitchen remodel i just want to wait unril counters are installed to know for sure.


  • RedRyder
    2 months ago

    The shiplap makes a statement. Doing the subway tile is a good idea so you don’t have it competing. To make it more modern, use a larger tile than the standard. 4x8” looks very nice. I used that when we update the kitchen in my old house to sell it. But it was super pretty as well. It was installed just normal horizontal offset.

    I think using the quartz as the backsplash will be too plain. And yes, there is the heat aspect of it. Can you post a further back photo of the kitchen so far? A simple blue tile might add some beachy pizzazz but it’s hard to tell from the current photos.

  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    @RedRyder I am not at the beach. I am about 3.5 hours from it. It is still a mess. But it is finally coming together. I don’t think the trim is up above the cabinets. I might have one before the shiplap.

  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    Ali Woods It does look very nice. Love the floor and lights too!


  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    gtdj519 I need to order some samples. I am pretty sure I am giong to go with that one. I was looking on Instagram and it looks whiter there than it does on other sites. But it looks like it would be nice with the shiplap.

  • gtdj519
    2 months ago

    I jave 8 samples here of the white and they are varying shades. none of the sample peoces i have are a stark white. i think they are a very oretty blend of whtes , some loght grey mixed in . i think once all tiels are up, you het the full effect of all the shades blended together ; whcih from what i have seen pics from are very pretty . they also have a blue mkx in case you decode to go with a blue instead of neitral they are both lpretty and i rhink or will look nkce when you are all done

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  • lisaliberty
    2 months ago

    @Elaine _M The Chloe subway tile you chose in the variegated whites 2.5 x 8" is an excellent choice for your space. It'll work beautifully with your countertops (obviously, as pic confirms!), cabinets and shiplap. The slightly "wavy" surface quality will be a nice contrast from the shiplap as well. Plenty of interest in the kitchen, keeping accent colors entirely open, easy to switch out seasonally if desired, for you OR a new owner, now or down the road. Do please post pics of finished project!

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  • Kari Lindsay
    2 months ago

    The cloe tile is pretty I like the wavyness. My preference would be for a wider tile, 2.5 inches may be a lot of horizontal lines against the lines of the shiplap. Because the shiplap was carried up the wall of the bumpout the shiplap became the boss. I saw your comment about using blue or gray tile. That would be pretty, then I would bring the color (maybe lighter or deeper shades of it) into the living and dining areas.

  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    @Kari Lindsay I am thinking about doing the neutrals with light blue and white. A sofa a cream color and the window seat cream or off white but also think about light blue in the rooms. It seems like so many do navy, aqua and coral. I have to buy a new cushion and pillows for the window seat. I love the help I get on here. I want it to loook pretty. I talked to a designer that said she liked the 2.5x8 size better for backsplashes. Wouldn't it be less noticieable to have smaller tiles with matching grout than a bigger tile??? Yes, I agree the shiplap is really the boss. I think it will be noticed more than anything in the condo. He did a great job on it!

  • lisaliberty
    2 months ago

    Agreed, Elaine, in your space, you're absolutely best to keep the grout matching that wavy white tile.

  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    last month

    @gtdj519, @lisaliberty I ordered 8 sample pieces from the company and they all look the same. is the variation so slight that I am not noticing? I did put one of them next to my cabinets at home and it was definitely whiter than those. At home I have Alabaster. It is more of an off white. At the beach they are white. The tiles were on sale $1 each but shipping made it $21.88


  • gtdj519
    last month

    Hi

    i guess the samples they send vary in tones. the samples that i have are similar ; didnt get any of the darker greys, but i do see the variations when i put it next to bright white. when you out all the variations together, is when you will see it best. There are 8 tones in all i believe. i havent gotten my order yet, but i do like what i see from the samples.

  • gtdj519
    last month

    these are the samples i have. i olaced them up against the bright white wainscoting in my dining room so toy can see the tone variarions against a true white. hooe this hellps yoy out a bit! I dont have my kitchen cabinets refinished yet, but they will be white this can give an idea of how they look against white



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  • Elaine _M
    Original Author
    last month

    Great! That is perfect!!

  • RedRyder
    last month

    I like how they look in that photo.

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  • gtdj519
    last month

    Thet seem really pretty we will be taking down the wall between our kitchen and dining room, and thinkinf of using them as our kitchen backsolash. hopefully they will work with ojr counterips, because thet look will also look really nice with our dining room, which will now be open and imcorporated with our kitchen. i think they will be pretty in Elaines current remodel hope they work

    for you Elaime !

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  • kchamousis
    last month

    We have the Cloe white tiles for our backsplash and love them. The slight variation in color makes it really pretty and I love that they aren’t flat.

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  • gtdj519
    last month

    Thats pretty Kchamousis what color/ make of grout?

  • kchamousis
    last month

    gtdj519, Looking thru the emails and texts from my tile gal, I can only find the color name … Bright White. I did like you and llned them up on my counter thruout the kitchen; my husband would say he was afraid to close the back door in case they all fell over!

  • gtdj519
    last month

    Thank you kchamois …

    it looks very pretty