Marble-ous: the backsplash

These carrara marble tiles caught my eye last year, so I ordered them; they arrived back in April.
We just now installed them. That's 8 months later.
I think the FC's just set a record on procrastination.
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Are you crazy? They'll get stained and etched all the time. Marble? Don't you think plain stock tile would be more cost efficient for your, um, "starter" kitchen?


I didn't listen. I wanted marble and I wanted it to be carrara. Who says a teeny tiny kitchen doesn't deserve sparkling carrara marble? For a bit over $200 (that's for tiles, supplies, & labor) why not, right? Plus, if we do ever expand this kitchen, this wall has to stay put anyway, so......that coaxed us even further into justifying the small splurge on marble.

Again, let's revisit the before.

And here's the current!
(sidenote: still need to caulk; we also chose to recess our outlets rather than tile under them).
Look, I prettied up my little kitchen for you all!
Small kitchen + odd angles = a need for FC's amateur cropping/editing skills



Dear folks over at Izze, feel free to send any complimentary beverages my way. Ha! =o]

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The process:


Note about natural stones like marble:
*It's recommended that you seal it adequately before grouting it. That way, the grout doesn't discolor the pristine white carrara (marble's porous by nature). Don't freak out if the tiles seem to "soak up" the moisture from the grout. This will dissipate if you've sealed the tiles properly.

*You must seal it again after grouting (and every 4-6 months for high traffic areas) to prevent any food/beverage staining. Red wine, I'm talking to you. It's really quite a snap to do the sealing.
*Also with marble, use unsanded grout to prevent scratching of this "soft" tile. Plus the spacing between our tiles is 1/16", so unsanded grout filled these voids better than sanded grout.
The budget breakdown:
mortar & grout (grout color is Delorean Gray): ~$30
misc. supplies, etc. (we already owned the tile saw): ~$10labor: free courtesy of Mr. FC (mostly) & me ("Hey, that tile looks crooked.")
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Total for backsplash: ~$210
{ For more on how far this kitchen's come, please click here and here. }


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78 comments:

  1. OMG. Your kitchen just told my builder grade kitchen where to stick it. FC, it's absolutely beautiful!!! Marble was the right choice! Ahh, it's just so stunning.

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  2. Well done - your kitchen looks amazing!!!

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  3. wow! i love carrara marble and think it looks fantastic! i'm a firm believer that just because the space is small or a 'starter' doesn't mean you can't have nice quality finishes. Just the opposite! It costs much less in materials so why not! You've just proved that. LOVE your kitchen.

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  4. Absolutely stunning! It's a brand new room! Nice choice on the marble!

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  5. It is beautiful! It is perfect and I can't believe how much I love it!

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  6. Wow! It's gorgeous. I would have never questioned your choice of marble. You are Freckles-Freakin-Chick. You can do what you want.

    Plus, everything you do looks amazing.

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  7. The perfect choice, for sure. I firmly believe that you make your home a place that makes you smile, no matter how long you'll be there for. :-) Great job!

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  8. LOVE IT! It looks amazing FC!!! Ours is getting installed today and I hope it looks as good as yours! xo grace

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  9. love the tile and the commentary! side note: also love the font on the pictures

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  10. Fabulous FC, as always!!!! Please invite me over to cook in your kitchen!!!! :)

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  11. Looks AWESOME. Definitely worth the $200.

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  12. It looks awesome!!

    PS: I don't think you need to reseal it every 6 months. A countertop might need that much care but a backsplash won't be getting spilled on like a counter. No harm in doing it more often but I wouldn't stress about it. I dont plan on ever resealing my bathroom :)

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  13. Oh my goodness girl - your kitchen is beautiful! That marble adds such an elegant touch! I can relate on the procrastination, thinks take forevs at my house to get accomplished too!

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  14. Love it, love it, love it!!! You made the RIGHT choice.

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  15. It loosk amazing!! I really adds oomhp to your already lovely kitchen! :)

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  16. The Marble is perfect! Great work- you have my ideal kitchen there- white cabinets, dark counters, and glorious marble. Nice work, I love it!

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  17. WOW, That looks Fantastic. You and DH did a great job. I love the look with the darker counter top.

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  18. It's so gorgeous! I can't stop looking at the pictures! These are the exact tiles I want to use everywhere (EVERYWHERE) in my house (even thought I don't have a house yet)! I'd like to bathe in them, that's how much I love them. :P I'd say money extremely well spent!!!

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  19. What a great finishing detail! It really makes everyting look so much more expensive.

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  20. Wow, just stunning!!!! Your kitchen is just an amazing transformation!

    Karen

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  21. Awesome I love it! I may actually have to consider that in my kitchen when I finally take the plunge and redo the countertops and backsplash.

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  22. It is just amazing!! It was a great choice, and I think going with the marble was totally the way to go :)

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  23. This looks great! Thanks for posting the pictures. Very lovely!

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  24. Delish! I absolutely love your tiles!

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  25. GOR JAY SA!! (that's my way of saying gorgeous!!!) Awesome job!

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  26. WOW!!!!! It looks really amazing! Great job! I hope to someday be able to remodel my kitchen, too!

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  27. oh my, aren't those the cutest little tiles mine eyes have ever seen. lovely work Mr & Mrs FC.

    why am i suddenly craving parsley?

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  28. It looks AMAZING! I love it so much that if I were in 3rd grade some kid would say, Well why don't you marry it?

    Nice job!

    jbhat

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  29. Beautiful!!! :) I love the shininess!

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  30. I am sold ... marble it will be for our next backsplash! Holy cow that is beautiful! Congrats!!

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  31. It looks fantastic! Hooray for marble subway!

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  32. I am in LOVE WITH THIS and have bookmarked it for future reference. It looks gorgeous!

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  33. It looks amazing. Great choice!

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  34. So classic and pretty. How did you paint the cupboards? They look awesome as well.

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  35. Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

    You've inspired me to do ours too. Someday... ; )

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  36. I love it! The marble is absolutely perfect and made such an impact for just a little bit of money. Great job!

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  37. This looks so good; I'm a little bit obsessed with it! Good job.

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  38. Wow, you guys did a fantastic job! Looks beautiful!

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  39. What a beautiful transformation! Thanks for sharing! :-)

    Shannon

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  40. What a beautiful transformation! Thanks for sharing! :-)

    Shannon

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  41. What a beautiful transformation! Thanks for sharing! :-)

    Shannon

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  42. It's gorgeous. I think any one who asked "are you crazy" is eating their words now.

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  43. Your backsplash looks fantastic!! You and your hubby ar so handy. I can't wait to try something like that in my own home next year.

    I can't believe I found someone else who has such a specific bed time routine. My husband thinks I'm crazy. When I told him you and I share that trait he laughed and couldn't believe there is another one of me out there. :) Thanks for sharing! I'm so glad you left me a message. Have a great day!

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  44. Oh. My. Goodness! Not only is your before/after absolutely stunning and amazing . . . but you did it on such a small budget. I'm super impressed! Thanks for sharing. It gives me hope that someday our kitchen might look as polished!

    <3

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  45. I'm sure you don't need to be told...but WOW! That is just gorgeous. Our kitchen is super sick & I am serious coveting this right now!

    Happy Thanksgiving friend, have fun cooking up goodies in your new kitchen-
    Jen

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  46. lovely! i want to do this with my guest bath. *sigh*

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  47. U did a great job. Or should I say your hubby. I love it.

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  48. Wow I love how your kitchen sparkles. What a huge difference. Great job

    Take Care,
    Lisa

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  49. You have done a really really lovely job! Money well spent - such a huge impact. Good work :)
    Seriously I can't stop looking at these photos

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  50. I love it. Your kitchen has had a beautiful transformation! Great Job!

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  51. OH GIRL! I look spectacular! Really the icing on the cake. Fantastic job!!

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  52. That is absolutely beautiful! The marble tile is so gorgeous.

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  53. So absolutley worth the splurge. Your kitchen looks fabulous!

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  54. Dayum! Leave it to me to go on vacation when you reveal your gorgeous kitchen! It's absolutely beautiful! Is it wrong that I want to rub my hands all over the glossy tiles? :) I love how you accessorized the countertops as well! Girl, you worked that kale and pretty bottles of fizzy soda!

    And, did I ever tell you I love how freaking creamy white your cabinets are? They are the perfect white! In my next house, I must have the same shade of white as your cabinets! :)

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  55. Just found your blog - it's wonderful.... I had to add you to my favorites. Just love all the before and afters!

    Alex

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  56. Seriously, gorge. You have outdone yourself. Again!

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  57. I just don't know what is more beautiful than brick pattern carrera marble. Thinking.... thinking..... oh I know. Brangelina ? Nah. Your backsplash is much better looking.

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  58. Looooove the back splash tiles. Check out my blog at http://recklessbliss.blogspot.com/

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  60. I adore the marble. We're re-doing our kitchen and I saved your kitch as an inspiration!

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  61. I love, love, LOVE! that tile. Amazing job.

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  62. LOVE the marble backsplash! I was also noticing that you have the exact same countertops as mine and I'm going to put up the same backsplash but in 3 x 6 size. Could you tell me the name of the paint on your walls?

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  63. Love it. I have the same coffee maker. COULD YOU PLEASE tell me how to set the suto timer? I lost the manuel and need my coffee ready before I wake. Thanks.

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  64. Your kitchen reminds me so much of my own kitchen! That is, your "before" kitchen, of course. Really, it is very similar, size and all. And actually, your "after" is pretty much what I'm going for in our reno. It's taking forever, but I hope we'll get there soon. Great inspiration!

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  65. So incredibly gorgeous! I will pay you in wine if you tell me where you ordered your carrara tile from? :)

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xoxo
~Freckles Chick~