Goodbye to ugly tile!


new subway tile backsplash - white kitchen cabinets - white beveled subway tile backsplash - colorful dishes

Well, after a few months of painting, getting bids, looking at tile, and finally pulling the trigger, we had our new beveled subway tile laid this week! I couldn’t believe how much I loved the total transformation.  Check out the before below. You might remember that it was a super-traditional tumbled tile with this really awful teeny tiny fruit basket motif over the stove.

White kitchen with blue island

Do you like how I tried to not call attention to that big ugly fruit basket tile by hiding it under the inauspicious Eat sign? (please note: sarcasm is being used).White kitchen with blue island

Yeahhhhh. I couldn’t take it any longer. I just. could. not. deal.

So this week, the men showed up, ripped off the fruit basket (although they somehow managed to keep it entirely intact! WHAAAAT? WHYYYYY?), patched up the holes, and slapped on the new tile. Voila! Easiest transformation ever (ermm, because I didn’t have to do it myself!!).

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Here’s the details on what we did.  I knew from my kitchen inspiration board that I was deadset on something white and fairly classic for the tile. I REALLY loved the idea of doing a beveled tile after seeing this photo.

After poking around on (a GREAT selection of tile, but no beveled in the 3×6 subway size), I finally landed on the Arctic White beveled subway tile from It was a STEAL. We only needed 28 square feet, so I ordered 3 boxes just to be sure we’d get all the little nooks and crannies covered. Grand total: $80. However, because those boxes were literally 100 pounds, the shipping actually cost me more than the tile at a whopping $111. So we ended up spending a total of $192 for the tile.

My friend Jessica recommended her husband Aaron’s company to do the labor, and I am pleased as punch. They arrived at 1:30pm on Monday, and were done by 1:30pm on Tuesday. It was worth every last penny to have them rip out the old tile, patch the sheetrock, and lay the new tile absolutely perfectly.


Now that it’s all done, Simon’s still lamenting the floor tile (DESIGN NEVER STOPS!). But it doesn’t really bother me. Still, if you were going to redo the floors, what would you suggest? I’m not sure I even know what I would want. Thoughts? Suggestions?

with love,

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