A DIY Year: Kitchen Tile Backsplash

As we begin the new year I’ve got at least 7 home projects on my mind. Things we can accomplish with a few YouTube tutorials and a little Pinterest Love. The first project on my list is finally installing a back splash in my kitchen. I have the tools, I’ve watched the tutorials and I’m ready to go. Ask Calvin, he had to listen to me critique the family on HGTV last night. “They obviously don’t know what they are doing, they aren’t using a float and their thinset is too thin, no wonder their tiles are falling off. And hello… tile spacers!” That poor, sweet man. I’m sure he held his tongue and will silently chuckle to himself when my tiles are falling off next week.

Before deciding on the final backsplash we decided to get input from our favorite Facebook and Instagram friends. We posted the following picture and had a great time following all the comments.10906348_1521128701480733_4250485521740634196_n

An interesting thing began to happen. The FB friends clearly favored the first choice, while the Instagram folks were favoring the second choice! I was pretty conflicted at that point, although I will admit I already had a favorite. And then I found these pictures.


After seeing creamy cabinetry paired with white back splashes in action I was completely smitten. I think it will really compliment the brick floor I’m planning to install once Spring weather hits. So Instagram friends… you guys got this one!! Good choice.

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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