Subway Tile Backsplash

So I have been making some huge improvements to my kitchen this month.  Yesterday I showed you my new Formica countertop with a Karran undermount sink.  I thought I would try my hand at doing a subway tile backsplash (literally – see picture below).  I have never tiled before so I hit the internet to find You tube videos and blog posts to show me the way.  I will say it is rather easy if you have the right tools.  However, those tricky cuts around outlets and switches are KILLER!  This is definitely a full weekend project.


I have been wanting to paint my cabinets white for a while.  The crisp white cabinets are gorgeous but from everything I hear they are harder to keep clean.  After I painted my kitchen island lighter I am convinced that for now, white cabinets are not for me.  I guess my kids are too messy and I am just not a good enough house cleaner…ha! This white subway tile backsplash really does help lighten the space up and now I am really happy with the black cabinets.


I think the new faux slate countertops paired with the subway tile look amazing together.  And the pops of red are perfect.

I found this old picture last night of the way our kitchen looked when we first moved in.  Quite a change huh?



Keracolor Sanded Grout: Warm Gray

Porcelain 2” x 4’” subway tile (these comes in 1 foot sheets)

2” x 6” edge pieces (5)

Grout Float

Grout Boost (this seals the grout so you don’t have to do it afterwards)



Tile Adhesive

Sanded Caulk

1/8” spacers

Scotch Blue Tape with Film

This video was the most helpful I have found for installing tile.  I pretty much followed it to a “T”.



1.  I recommend borrowing or renting a wet tile saw or a tile cutter.  For the porcelain tiles that I got the best bet is a tile cutter.  You will also need some sort of hand tool like a Dremel with a tile saw blade in order to make curved cuts.

2.  I also recommend buying the grout boost.  It is a little extra but then you don’t have to seal the grout afterwards.

3. The particular tiles I used were very inexpensive, while this is nice they also weren’t perfectly spaced.  So I recommend buying spacers just in case.

4.  Make sure you see if your store carries both the grout and the matching caulk before you buy. That is kind of important! #lessonlearned

5.  If you use a tile saw get ear and eye protection.  Plus you will get wet so don’t wear something nice.

6.  Make sure you put plastic over your counters when grouting, if not they will get trashed with grout.

7.  I use Myra’s trick for grouting.  This is especially important because it is harder to smooth out the sanded caulk than other kinds.


My husband thought he was hilarious that he took a picture of me in my rollers hand grouting the backsplash.  What can I say I didn’t feel like I had enough control with the float.  If you do “hand grout” it I also recommend a pair of gloves. Doh!





I think my next upgrade will be to get two pendant lights over the island and obviously I still have some patchwork to do to the right there from where I removed the old laminate splashguard.

So what do you think?

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