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Should I keep this backsplash or update to something else!? If so what would you do?
pud07
January 28, 2013 in Design Dilemma
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Main Line Kitchen Design
What's off with this backsplash is that the granite back splash is not appropriate if you are tiling a backsplash. It should have been removed and the backsplash tiled all the way down to the top. If you had more tile and grout you could pull off the granite backsplash and tile down to the top and it would look great. Certainly if you are going to re-tile do it down to the top the next time.

Personally I would keep the tile simple since the cabinets and tops are traditional - Oak cabinets and Uba Tuba granite. I would use a tumbled marble subway tile. I think it looks better to keep styles appropriate to each other and not for instance use glass tile with such a traditional cabinet and top.
January 29, 2013 at 5:15AM     
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Red Rock Pools and Spas and Red Rock Contractors
Main line kitchen design is correct, the granite backsplash should have been removed. You likely cannot pull that off after the fact without tile damage and odd cuts needed. When redoing it, removing the granite will make the back splash also look taller and make that space seem larger under the cabinets. If you replace the backsplash, now is a perfect time to cut into the drywall and run some under cabinet LED lighting. That will change the overall effect of the dramatically. .
January 29, 2013 at 5:22AM     
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Allan's Painting Incorporatied
Perhaps you could add something over the existing tile? Are your appliances stainless? How about a tin backsplash?
January 29, 2013 at 5:33AM     
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charleee
I like Allan's idea, very cool!
January 29, 2013 at 5:53AM   
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Susan Jablon Mosaics
Hi pud07!
Color wise, the existing backsplash works ok with the oak cabinets, but not the counters. I would definitely consider replacing it. The backsplash would look better, too, if you can remove the 4" extension of the counters, but if you can't it's not a huge issue. I've attached some images of tiles and mosaics from our website to serve as inspiration.
January 29, 2013 at 8:10AM   
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Leah Keitz Interior Design
The tin backsplash would look good but cleaning the kitchen grease which is bound to accumulate would be a continual challenge,
January 29, 2013 at 8:17AM   
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charleee
Leah is right, however, there are 'faux' tin panels, very inexpensive at Home Depot, and more easily cleaned. I think the dirt and grime getting into the grooves of real tin would make me crazy.
January 29, 2013 at 8:20AM   
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pud07
Thanks so much for the help. I hadn't thought of removing the granite backsplash but I get the idea.
January 31, 2013 at 6:53PM   
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Allan's Painting Incorporatied
I think the tile and granite look good. I would update the cabinets, painting them either white or dark gray...here's how... http://www.allthingsthrifty.com/2012/08/how-to-paint-your-kitchen-cabinets.html
February 1, 2013 at 5:24AM   
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