Friday, June 10th, 2005
We are finally getting some motivation to work on the kitchen again. We pretty much halted work on it back in March when we ran out of trim – again. I couldn’t face the prospect of more priming, and besides, every time we went to Lowe’s we forgot to buy more trim. (Of course, Freud says there are no accidents.)
But now we’re turning our thoughts to the kitchen backsplash. D has a friend at work, a freelance tile-layer, who is willing to help us install it for free since D 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 …