I think we needed a break from the kitchen. The lovely spring weather - unusually cool for Alabama - helped us both get interested in gardening and major pruning.
But now we're turning our thoughts to the kitchen backsplash. Darwin has a friend at work, a freelance tile-layer, who is willing to help us install it for free since Darwin fixed his boat. Hurray! Free is good.
I found subway tiles in the perfect color - Ice White, somewhere between bright white and almond - at American Olean, though I haven't yet sought out a price. Has anyone used the subway tiles from American Olean (they call 'em Greenwich Village)? Are they a good choice?
Hand in hand with the backsplash is the decision on a countertop. Since the beginning, I always voted for wood, and Darwin usually hated that idea but couldn't really come up with a better one. Then we came to a consensus way back in January that we would get wood. But the countertop guy in Eutaw never called me back with an estimate. I don't think he was very eager to do the work, and anyway it's nearly impossible to get a craftsman to do anything for you in Eutaw. They are in extreme demand. I should quit my job and go to carpenter school.
Anyway, now that we have a plan for the backsplash, we need to do the countertop first. I still like the idea of wood countertops - I just can't picture anything else in there - but the tile-layer guy suggested we continue the subway tile onto the countertops and do a wood edge around the front. It sure would be less of a hassle.
So what do you think?
I went scouring the Web for photos of kitchens with subway tile backsplashes and found this beauty:
That slim black countertop looks so nice ...