I am hopeful that we may be nearer to the end of the renovation than we think. I say this now that we are finalizing the more minor decisions about the renovation – namely those that lie in the aesthetic realm.
Some might argue those are major decisions, but I feel the most major decision has been made – to go the most expensive and most safe route on making our roof as structurally sound as possible vs. the easy fix.
Last week, we finally decided on which type of backsplash tile we will be using for the kitchen. The photograph shown in the upper left corner of this post shows a swatch of our countertop next to a swatch of the bubble glass mosaic tile we will use – so you can get an idea of the aesthetic. The goal is simple and modern – it will go with shiny white kitchen cabinets in what we hope is a spare but elegant kitchen in its simplicity. This is especially important as the space is rather small, and the ceilings are low, so we need to keep things as light and airy as possible.
Who knew one could get so excited about such a thing?
It is a bourgeois pleasure, that’s for sure.
We worked with Watertown Tile Showcase, specifically with the competent, kind and confident design student who spends all of her non-school hours there – Jaycee. We can’t recommend her highly enough for both her aesthetic sense, encyclopedic knowledge of stone and tile – and her diplomacy skills in the gentle marital counseling moments we have observed her handle, with other customers, of course!
Our backsplash choice was dictated by the context of the kitchen that we have only created in our minds- namely shiny white Thermofoil kitchen cabinet drawers (that look like enamel), a Silestone countertop in Home Depot’s Viatera line (color is Mulholland – and it looks a more charcoal-y gray than this photo indicates).
Here is the spiel from Home Depot on this product:
“Viatera is Italian for “By Way of the Earth”. Viatera is LG Hausys’ brand of Quartz surface. Composed of 93% natural crushed Quartz combined with resin binders, Viatera is non-porous and stain resistant and does not require sealing. It is also extremely durable being resistant to heat and scratches and easy to care for using common household cleansers. Viatera is available in several colors, including 17 available Exclusively at The Home Depot and every color is backed by our 15 Year Fully Transferable Limited Warranty. Find your perfect color and upgrade your kitchen today.”
Can’t wait to see the whole thing in place – will it ever happen? Oh ye (me) of little faith.
- 50 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas (home-designing.com)
- Cabinet facing choices – wood, veneer or thermofoil MDF? (ptownsweetspot.wordpress.com)