Kitchen Update: Backsplash and sink

Subway tile. Enough said.



Now that the concrete countertops are done and out of the way, our kitchen is finally starting to come together. If you haven’t read the DIY Concrete Countertop series and you have no idea what I’m talking about, find the posts here:

Part one, setting the forms

Part two, pouring and finishing

Part 3, lessons learned

When I was planning this entire kitchen remodel, these are the pictures I used for backsplash inspiration.


At first I wanted the red brick.  Isn’t it just gorgeous!? But, I ended up talking myself out of it for two reasons:

One, the brick may not always be ‘in style’ whereas the subway tile is timeless.

Two, I couldn’t find the exact brick I was looking for.

Alas, we went with subway tile.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE subway tile. Especially with the dark grout.  Just wait until you see it when my kitchen is done.  I have high expectations for the dark grout. (P.S. It goes really well with my concrete!)


Bryn and I had planned to do the backsplash ourselves.  At this point, I am laughing at myself just thinking about it.

Remember way back when we started this process in October? Yes, October.  And I said our goal was to be done by Christmas.  Boy were we wrong. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. (Insert palm to face here.)

Since we are behind schedule and I am completely over having a messy kitchen, we decided to hire someone to do it for us. Someday we will tackle a tiling project. Someday.

Here’s the progress.


Overall, I am happy with the way it turned out. I am SO glad to have those ugly walls covered up. Now we are in the home stretch...maybe.

And how could I forget the kitchen sink? I LOVE the new sink.

It’s a cast iron drop-in sink and all I have to say is it’s heavy!


It goes perfectly with my modern farmhouse/ industrial kitchen.


Previously, we had a double bowl sink. Our new sink is a single bowl and let me tell you, it’s a whole new kitchen experience.  The sink has so much room to put dishes, wash dishes, etc.  It’s truly magical.

For those of you that put dishes in your sink and leave them there, this may not be a good thing for you to have. More space = more dirty dishes!


Things are moving right along over here, stay tuned for the next kitchen update.  We are getting so close to the finish line!

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