Progress in the kitchen slowed to an almost complete stop while we moved in and got settled, but now not having it finished is making us crazy enough that we’re ready to set aside organizing the linen closet and searching for lost boxes of fabric in order to get a little closer to the finish line. Still to do:
- install dishwasher
- hang pantry door
- prime and paint cabinet doors and drawers
- select and order new hinges–naturally, the old ugly ones were a non-standard size, so we have to get them off the web
- install new handles and hinges, hang cabinet doors
- select and install tile backsplash
Today, our amazing contractor came over and put in the dishwasher and hung the pantry door, so that’s AWESOME. I spent part of yesterday sanding and priming the cabinet doors and drawers:
I took a lot of advice from these guys, and so far it’s going very well (knock wood). I’m pleased with this primer, too, since the other brand of oil base primer I used on the walls has left a very faint texture that I don’t love a whole lot–it’s only barely, barely noticeable, so you probably wouldn’t see it if you came over, but in just the right light at just the right time of day, I can glimpse it and I’m mildly saddened. But aside from the fact that we saved a cold five grand by painting the interior ourselves, not to mention using the existing cabinets, I am reminded over and over that even when the pros do something, it rarely is perfect, so I’ll sand a few spots that are irritating me and call it a day.
The cabinet doors, hopefully, won’t need any sanding–so far, so good:
We also got in the samples in for the glass tile backsplash, and that’s where I need your help. We like them both, but I don’t know that we love either one–or maybe we love them both, but we’re not sure which we love more?
Both are 1″ x 3″ glass tile. One has two shades of green, the other has the lighter shade of green plus a pale turquoise and a veeery pale grey.
You can see the white marble countertops here with their grey veining, and the white of the cabinets above. You can also see the horrible country blue wallpaper that used to be there, and which will be covered up by the tile. This is the horror from which you could be saving us.
We have three options for you to vote on here, along with the relevant data to help you make an informed decision:
- I LOVE the green-and-green tile! You should totally install it vertically, because that’s how the cool kids are doing it.
- I LOVE the herringbone tile–but only if you install it like zigzags rather than chevrons. And NO, it is NOT too many colors of tile.
- I don’t know if I would choose either of these, even though the green in both is an EXACT MATCH to your wall color. I think you should go back and search for other options, like this suggestion I have for you right HERE.
These are your only choices, pollsters. Forget the primaries, no one really thinks they’re predictive–but THIS! THIS could be your date with backsplash tile infamy!!
Thanks for your help. We really do want your input, because we’re exhausted from making decisions and we need an extra few sets of eyeballs. Y’all rock.