Choosing a backsplash for my kitchen

One never knows where they will find inspiration, I found it in the ladies washroom!  I kid you not, I was at our new office on Wednesday and in the washroom was this beautiful white, glossy, large subway tile.  I wondered, where would one find subway tile that big?

On Thursday I was at HD and there it was, on sale!  They measure 4” x 16”.  Each box covers 10 square feet and was only $20. I need 40 square feet but bought an extra box to allow for cuts and breakage. Total cost, $100! I am considering adding in some decorative tile depending on the layout once I have new counters installed. I am trying to avoid cutting the length of the tile.


I will be using 1/8” spacing with a light grey grout.  The large size will give a lovely linear look and won’t be too busy, after all, I have a small kitchen.

In other kitchen news, I had to replace the drawer cabinet as it was falling apart. The cheapest one I could find was at HD. On sale for $99, it was right in my price range. excuse the mess.


I am a little overwhelmed by all of the choices and pricing things out at a cost that my budget can afford is a lot of work.

Next step is getting an over the range microwave installed. That involves cutting my cabinet down and a friend has offered to do that for me.  Rather than putting doors back up over the microwave, I am going to leave them off and put baskets above the microwave, so that I can easily take them out to access my spices. Once that happens, I will start my door rehab with added moulding and painting.

These are the handles I have chosen for the doors. They are local to me, so I can pick them up. I am going for the 8” handles to be proportionate to the size of my doors. They are solid, not hollow and the price is amazing at only $2.39 each. They are in the Toronto area, if you are interested here is the link to the posting on Kijiji  A lot cheaper than the ones at Ikea for the same thing.

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So that’s my update. There is still lots more stuff to consider and be done, but it’s a starting point.


  1. oh I can't wait to see the finished product!!! What a deal on that tile!

  2. I love the tile, so classic, the price makes me love it even more! :) Can't wait to see all the changes!

  3. squeeel love the awesome finds!!!! The tile, the handles, it's gonna be amazing Mel, so excited for you.

  4. Mel, it's going to look beautiful! I love your choice of tile and hardware, and can't wait to see what it all looks like together. Have a wonderful week!


  5. I think it will look fantastic!!! We did our kitchen in grey 4x16 tile from Rona. I was hesitant at first because it was so big, but I love how it tuned out and it was super cheap compared to other tile. Here's the link if you want to check it out....so that you can envision what yours will look like. http://www.aswellplacetodwell.com/2012/06/kitchen-tile-backsplash.html
    Good luck with your tile adventure!

  6. Mel I've been searching for cabinet pulls just like those! The only problem is that I already have round pulls on the cabinets (with a predrilled hole), so sometimes the long part (past where you screw it in) hangs longer than the cabinet. Hopefully that makes sense. I clicked the Kijiji link and it didn't work. I'd love to get the info if you don't mind sharing - that price can't be beat!

    Allison {aplaceofgratitude.blogspot.com}


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