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Back it up…


Remember when my kitchen looked like this:

I know I haven’t shown it live FOREVER, because in the year and half since we moved in, we haven’t really done anything in this room. But now we have a BACKSPLASH!!! And not just any backsplash, a white marble one. It was definitely worth the wait.

Marble Backsplash | Hicks House

Once we get this room painted with the Arctic Gray, it will pop more than it currently does against the builder white walls (wah-wah).

A few reasons this took over a year 1. tile is expensive 2. deciding on a tile style, color and material is hard (it’s a big and more permanent decision than any of the updates we’ve made so far) 3. it was job we didn’t want to tackle ourselves.

So we hired it out, but don’t you worry I hover stalked the entire process so I could give a play by play 🙂

Let’s start with some close-ups of the wall pre tile.

Marble Backsplash | Hicks House
Marble Backsplash | Hicks House

We decided to go with a white Bianca Cararra marble in a subway tile pattern. We thought the white marble would play off nicely with the black granite and matched our more clean and modern style, while the subway pattern was more classic ensuring we won’t tire of it too quickly.

The tile guy came over equipped with a wet saw (unfortunately it was freezing) and set up in the driveway cutting a few pieces in half before getting started.

Marble Backsplash | Hicks House

Then mixed up some mastic and started applying it to the wall in small sections.

Marble Backsplash | Hicks House

The tiles stuck right to it, which he laid out in the subway pattern.

Marble Backsplash | Hicks House

These tiles, being real stone were pretty thick and heavy so they started to kind of shift around. a few spacers took care of that.

Marble Backsplash | Hicks House

Once the entire area was complete we had to let it dry for a day to fully set in before the grouting could begin. We went with a grout color called frost, it was a grayish white, although we originally planned on going with white it just seemed so stark. The frost gave the effect of blending in more with the tile making it disappear rather than stand out.

Marble Backsplash | Hicks House

It was spread on with a trowel then wiped off with a damp sponge. Here it is right after the grouting was complete. You can see the haze it left all over the tile and the countertop. I buffed it out with a clean dry cloth.

Marble Backsplash | Hicks House

After it was completely buffed clean, Ken used a liquid sealer to seal everything in place. We used polished marble tiles, so this step wasn’t entirely necessary, but with white tiles it made us feel better that they would remain stain free. Because of the thickness of the tile, we had to purchase longer screws to put the outlet covers back on.

Marble Backsplash | Hicks House

This picture appears pretty dark because we’re in need of some under cabinet lighting… but you can see all the great veining and variety in the tiles.

Marble Backsplash | Hicks House

It was all done in time for us to host Thanksgiving last week! Now we just need to paint, add some under cabinet lighting, change out all the light fixtures and make a roman shade for the window over the sink.

So what do you think? What do you have as a backsplash, or are you still figuring out what type of material to use?

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Author: Danielle

My name is Danielle, I spend the majority of my free time nurturing my love for sewing crafting and decorating. My blog www.hicks-house.com is about the journey to starting a newly married life in our new home. Join us on our journey as we make our house into our home!

5 thoughts on “Back it up…

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  2. Oh…can’t really mess up with chalk paint. Not much prepping or sanding either and it sticks on so great. Easy peasy. And keeping cabinets clean after the wax cures is a cinch.

    Don’t have to sand if you want to change the color.

    Will work wonders on your condo too with the old cabinets!

    Bathrooms, kitchens, furniture, etc!


  3. I like your granites and back splash but would go a step further and paint all cabinets, except the island, with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint with either white or dark wax over and the island also AS chalk paint but go with Paris Gray or Paloma to pick up the back splash and bring it over to the island. Plus, different island color makes the rest of the cabinets pop and more custom looking. Annie Sloan stores offer Chalk Painting classes. I’ve also found that Home Depot sells chalk paint and they can match. Much less expensive than AS but would buy the wax and brushes at an Annie Sloan store.


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