Kitchen, part 3…

Chris - December 7, 2007

As I said in the last post, because the kitchen is pretty small I wanted the materials in the kitchen to have a clean, modern character - and thus the unadorned cabinets and the beautifully-simple concrete countertops. But in order to give some life to the space, I wanted to do something special with the backsplash.

After looking at plenty of stone and porcelein tile - none of which really had the character of what I was looking for - I ended up on glass tile by Daltile. I love the reflective quality of glass tile, which in a small room adds an element of light without being ostentatious. I chose a combination of blue colors - 3″ x 6″ field tiles as the primary component of the backsplash, with 1″ x 1″ tiles as an accent above the sink. And, like with the countertops, I got a discount on the expensive glass tile which brought the cost down to nearly-reasonable levels.

The following photos show the tile installed, along with the painted walls and light fixtures from West Elm. Also, I splurged a bit on the faucet - opting for a restaurant-style combination faucet and sprayer. The appliances are all new, and from the same Frigidaire Professional Series. And the lights are pendant fixtures from west elm. And with the exception of trim and a couple outlets, the kitchen is complete. So nice to have a place to cook again…



  1. Those are beautiful countertops — we were hoping for something similar but are running out of time to make it happen. Yours look fantastic.

    Comment by Kersten — December 7, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

  2. Thanks Kersten… I am really happy with them. I highly recommend the concrete if you have the time - it makes a huge difference.

    Hope you’re meeting your crazy schedule!

    Comment by Chris — December 8, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

  3. How can that even be the same kitchen! It looks like you’ve found more space and expanded the room - looks great!

    Comment by jo-anne in vancouver — December 27, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

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