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Backsplash treatment for wall behind sink

DeeDecember 28, 2012
I am almost done with a kitchen update and would appreciate ideas on how to treat the wall behind the sink.

We left the original cabinets in place, they end to the right of the sink, the wall to the left of the sink angles at the end of the breakfast bar. The backsplash will end where the wall angles.

I've chosen a mosaic (glass and travertine). Do I continue the backsplash so it will be in line with that under the cabinets and edge with a pencil tile, bring it higher behind the sink again edging with pencil, add shelving?

Thoughts, please.
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Barnhart Gallery
Is it not an option to take it all the way around the corner to behind the fruit stand and end it there?
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 1:59PM
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On the Spot Furniture Revival llc
Perhaps you could add a cabinet with open angled shelving at the end? A good refinisher can address the seam that would be caused by the installation of additional crown moulding.
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 3:56PM
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Whatever you do, do it to the entire wall. Your cabinets are too low. Remove them, do what ever needs to be done to the wall and rehang them. One idea is a water resistant wallpaper. Then, over the sink, add an interesting shelf.
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1 Like    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 4:10PM
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Standard for bottom of cabinets is 54" from floor / 18" from counter - that is exactly what we have so we will not be moving the cabinets.
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 5:01PM
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Hi could you post a link to the mosaic tile you've chosen? At this point I like the idea of bringing it up higher (mid point of cabinet) and adding some open shelving above, tying it in to the existing cabinetry. On your angle wall, I see a nice big print.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 5:59PM
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    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 6:10PM
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I would continue it level with the bottom of the cabinets around the corner stopping at the end of the bar. Cap it off with a pencil only if the edge alone looks bad. Some look like they have finished ends already and this will save money, the pencils are expensive. Put something great above the tile where the sink is.
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 6:10PM
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Here are some comparisons to help you decide where to take it ...
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 11:29PM
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Hi---I'd tile the entire wall. :)
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 12:02AM
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I think I would keep the backsplash even in height and end at the corner. I like the idea of an interesting shelf. When you consider how often you will be standing at the sink, treat yourself by having something nice to look at- perhaps a collection of favourite objects, memorable photos, or make a "faux window" using an old wooden window and a background scene. Have fun!)
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 1:33AM
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Thank you all. I so like the idea of shelves and although continuing the backsplash to midpoint ofthe cabinet did not seem appealing after seeing Lessismore's rendering that is what I will do.
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